For discussion: From milk and honey to a land of rubble

Questions for reflecting on and discussing the feature article, From milk and honey to a land of rubble (August 18, 2014 issue) 

August 13, 2014 | Feature | Number 16
By Barb Draper |

1. What have been your personal experiences or connections with Israel/Palestine? What are your sources for news or information of what is happening there? Do Canadians tend to see the conflict from the Israeli or Palestinian point of view? Do you think worldwide attitudes toward Israel/Palestine are changing?

2. What were you taught about the role of the modern State of Israel in God’s overall plan for the world? Has your congregation had dispensationalist pastors or teachers? How much have Christians in your community been influenced by the writings of Hal Lindsey or Tim LaHaye?

3. Palmer Becker says that people come to God’s family according to their faith, not through their works or ancestry. Does lineage ever play a role in who belongs to God’s family? How would you describe God’s chosen people in today’s world?

4. Since 1948, there has been ongoing violence in Israel/Palestine. What are the challenges to the proposed one-state and two-state solutions? What would a just peace agreement look like? What should Mennonites in Canada do to help bring about peace in the Middle East?

--Posted August 13, 2014

See also:

Lord, in your mercy (a prayer for the people of Israel and Palestine)

A young person's view of life in Palestine, A constant, terrifying threat (May 26, 2014 issue)

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