It’s terrifying to be forgotten. Imagine you’re a child walking through a mall and you suddenly realize you’ve become separated from your parents. Or you’re an adult who walks into the house to find doors unlocked, lights on, TV blaring – but not a person anywhere. What if you’ve been left behind, forgotten? The fear is palpable.
On February 9, 2012, fifteen speakers at the second annual TEDxManitoba conference, including two from Mennonite Brethren churches, animated the day with their “ideas worth spreading.” Technology Education Design is a secular, nonprofit project that believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately the world. Their online site www.ted.com/talks attracts a global audience in the millions.
I don’t know about you, but when I first became a Christian, I tried to have it all together so that I would be a good advertisement for the faith. I imagined myself a walking billboard, flashing “Believe in Jesus, and you too can have a perfect life!”
A community validates its members by listening to their voices. The Mennonite Brethren community has grown from 18 families meeting under one roof to 18 conferences spread across the globe. As distance and diversity increase, it becomes more challenging to hear each other’s voices.
It was the unshakeable conviction that Christ was alive that made the disciples of Jesus into such powerful witnesses to a living Christ. By the resurrection, as C.S. Lewis observed…