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As a member of the Mennonite Brethren community, a few things are essential to living out our faith. Firstly, we must prioritize our relationship with God above all else. This means praying, reading the Bible, and seeking guidance from the Holy Spirit in every aspect of our lives.

Secondly, we must prioritize our relationships with others. This includes our family, friends, fellow believers, and those outside of our community. We are called to love our neighbours as ourselves, which means intentionally building relationships with those around us.

Finally, we must prioritize our commitment to living out our faith in practical ways. This means serving others, seeking justice and peace, and being good stewards of the resources God has given us.

As Mennonite Brethren, we have a rich heritage of faith and practice that can help guide us in living out these priorities. However, we must also be willing to adapt and change as needed to effectively share the love and grace of Jesus with those around us.

Let us commit ourselves to these priorities, and may God use us to be a light in the world around us.

Wait! The above was “written” by an artificial intelligence (AI) assistant. With a simple prompt, “Write an editorial for a Mennonite Brethren magazine,” a bot spit out five complete paragraphs that tie together and tell a story (of sorts). It was almost inspiring and challenging, even if it didn’t present anything new to chew on.

AI is a convenient tool, but where is its heart and soul? Let’s hope we never find out.

This little exercise teaches me that one must actively participate in gospel witness, pouring one’s whole self into the challenge and call of Christ. It’s too easy to phone it in: I’ve done it from the platform while leading worship on numerous occasions.

Do we shy away from doing hard things? Afraid of asking difficult questions and engaging in tough decisions? You may have noticed that MB Herald Digest has been digging deeper into theological subject matter that we may have ignored in years past. It’s about time we do so. It’s our responsibility. The following articles continue in that direction. Please read carefully and with discernment. How do these words sit with you? What can you add to the conversations?

To borrow from my AI friend…Let us commit ourselves to these priorities, and may God use us to be a light in the world around us.

With respect,

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