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Blog: Courage and Humility: Explorations

Posts about courage, mostly the quiet kind.

Kilt and Cap: being half-Mennonite

By Greta Holt | January 23, 2020 |

Recently, a friend and fellow blogger, Diane Gottlieb, asked me about my Anabaptist background. Diane writes the wonderful blog WomanPause, regarding women in the glorious years. Her questions made me think of a memory I wrote in response to J Daniel Hess’s presentation at one of the previous Mennonite Arts Weekends. The Weekend is coming up again in a few…

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Christmas/New Year’s Wishlist

By Greta Holt | December 16, 2019 |

“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. Cleverness is mere opinion. Bewilderment brings intuitive knowledge.” Rumi I did want to write about whether Christians must believe in the virgin birth to be christian. Wouldn’t it be a great exercise in Courage to tackle that subject during this season? I thought. What would I find and how…

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Impacting communities in poverty

By Greta Holt | November 21, 2019 |

What then must we do? Twice per month, our urban church hosts a community meal. I admire the planners, cooks, servers, clean-up crews, and especially those who sit and talk to the people who come in. By now, it is a tight-knit group with steady attendance. Meals are not only served but packed up for…

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What then must we do? Panhandlers and Respect

By Greta Holt | October 17, 2019 |

She is skeleton-skinny, and her face has the acne marks of the heroin user. She’s clever, but she talks too fast and her eyes bore in. I ask around at church and find that she has a different story for everyone: needs cash for a bus to pick up her car, needs cash for the…

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Who are the Oppressors?

By Greta Holt | October 3, 2019 |

Exodus 1: 8-14, where the Egyptians oppress their Jewish slaves, and Ex. 3: 1-15, where God calls Moses at the burning bush. (Links are provided to the highly recommended books/sermon below. The bold print is mine.) As I thought about these passages, I wanted to examine three things: systems that oppress, people who oppress, and…

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Women and Food

By Greta Holt | August 2, 2019 |

The title doesn’t address what you may think, as in the women (like me) who love food too much. It addresses the truth that empowering women to produce and sell food strengthens whole societies. Mennonite Central Committee and the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women say so and have advocated for women for…

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Anabaptism and Liberation Theology

By Greta Holt | June 7, 2019 |

Let us begin with the way we will end today. Please take three and a half minutes to view a Mennonite minister, Samual Adams, define Liberation Theology, which intersects at places with early Anabaptist beliefs and actions. Summing up early Anabaptism: According to Stuart Murray/Biblical Interpretation in the Anabaptist Tradition, early Anabaptism followed diverse paths,…

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Anabaptists and Believers’ Baptism

By Greta Holt | May 3, 2019 |

Believers’ Baptism: Let us start with a four-minute clip from Paul Eddy and Greg Boyd at Woodland Hills on baptism and citizenship. They state the Anabaptists’ objection to infant baptism succinctly. We remember that Religion and the State were one. Even today, Christian religions argue about baptism: when to baptize and why, and where evidence…

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Anabaptists and the Bible

By Greta Holt | April 14, 2019 |

  Welcome back! This is the first of several posts about the course I took earlier this year. A big thanks to Dr. Loren L. Johns and his AMBS online offering, ‘Understanding Anabaptist Approaches to Scripture: What is Different and Why?’ We students were a varied group from a number of countries and different Christian…

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Suspending until AMBS Course is Finished

By Greta Holt | January 28, 2019 |

Thank you so much for reading my blog! I apologize for not writing yet in the new year. My friends, those of you who have done online courses will hopefully sympathize with my need for Time to Read and Study. Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash After trying to find time to write, while…

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