A month ago twelve of us from Columbus Mennonite attended the Mennonite Church USA Convention in Phoenix.
I’ll give a taste of the Phoenix experience by sharing six different slices from the week. I guess you could think of this as Phoenix pizza, or a Phoenix pie, sliced six ways, hopefully containing some kind of nutritional value for the mind and soul.
Each slice is introduced with a verse of Scripture.
So the first slice is just to get a sense of the atmosphere of the gathering. The scene.
1. The scene – Hebrews 10:24-25
“And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as we are in the habit of doing.”
These national conventions happen every two years and are a combination of business, continuing education, fellowship, worship, and fun. For those of us who have attended a number of them as well as various Mennonite institutions, it pretty much amounts to a sea of half familiar faces, making one at least a partial believer in the idea of previous lives. Someone comes up and greets you, and you do a quick search through your memory...