The Cost of Discipleship
The Mennonite, Inc., welcomes original submissions for the June 2018 issue focusing on Costly Discipleship.
When Jesus called people to follow him, he told them to “count the cost” (Luke 14:25-33), and when foretelling his death and resurrection, he told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34). The term “costly” can have a different meaning for people from different contexts. Someone in a privileged position may choose to face a cost out of a commitment to their faith. A person who is oppressed may be paying a cost without having a choice in the matter.
Submissions may consider these theme-related prompts:
• How does our understanding of God impact the way we follow Jesus in our current sociopolitical and economic context?
• How has being a disciple of Jesus led you to face adversity or challenges?
• Who is someone who inspires you to bear witness to your faith at great cost? Tell us a story about that person, with their permission, and what you’ve learned from them.
• What is one way your congregation is attempting to live faithfully as a discipleship community?
• How can Anabaptist-Mennonites more fully bear witness to God’s shalom in our world today?
Submissions can include written biblical, theological or personal reflections, poetry, photography, multimedia products (including original music recordings, music playlists and videos) and artwork. (Due no later than April 16, 2018. Visit the Editorial guidelines for questions.)