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Nov 07, 2012 | Volume 16, Number 22

1. Do you consider yourself as a rational being or more of an emotional being? Do you find others reacting more rationally or more emotionally? In what ways has the Mennonite Church tended to appeal to our heads rather than our hearts? Has this been changing?

2. What vision or picture do you have of “the good life?” How do you work at trying to achieve this? How does this vision of the “good life” fit with what we talk about at church? How much does the culture of the broader society influence our deepest longings?

3. Friesen suggests that shopping malls are like secular cathedrals. Do you think this is an apt comparison? Can you think of other examples of how the practices of our culture tend to draw us away from being true Christ-followers? How seriously do Christians take Paul’s words in Romans 12:2 to not be conformed to this world?

4. What church practices might help us transform our longings so that we can be better aligned with God’s Kingdom? Do you think traditionalist or “plain” Mennonites have done a better job at maintaining practices that constantly remind them of the ways of God?

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