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Sermon | A common center, ever-expanding
Text: John 21:1-17
Speaker: Joel Miller
Every fall I teach an Inquirers Sunday school class. It’s open to anyone, with a special invitation to new-ish folks. We do an overview of Christian faith in a Mennonite perspective and look at the story of this congregation.
One of the things we talk about is a couple different ways of forming community. One focuses on strong boundaries, the other focuses on a strong center. If you’ve been part of that class, this will sound familiar.
In a community with strong boundaries, there’s a pretty clear line between who’s in and who’s out. Or at least what you need to do to be in, and stay in. In congregations this often comes down to a set of beliefs and a few moral issues. The key is whether a personal can...