Sunday, December 20, 2015
FIVE SWANS A SWIMMING ON THE MILL POND
With Beau back we took a family hike over the ridge to meet our new Mennonite neighbors1. The Mennonites trace their origin to a radical offshoot of the Protestant Reformation that occurred in the 1500s.
One of the trademark characteristics of Mennonites is their commitment to pacifism. They believe war is never the answer to solving the world's problems. I'm OK with that.
Mennonite Christians can be confused with the Amish because the two groups hold many of the same beliefs and practices, according to Religion Facts. Both groups are known for religious reform and pacifism, and each believes in individual Bible study and a commitment to a sin-free life after conversion and adult baptism.
What primarily distinguishes the Amish from the Mennonites is the Amish create their own communities separate from the rest of society and avoid technology, Mennonite Christians believe in living in the world but not being of the world in terms of embracing worldly spiritual and moral values. The Mennonites embrace technology. They have been busy with concrete and road work for their chicken and cattle operations.
This time of year with deer hunting season in full swing a guy doesn't venture out into the timber with his blaze orange.
Silver Threads started the night off. It was great seeing Greg and Deb back up on the stage.
I checked my settings Bo, try to
I always look forward to any smart s$$ comments you might have :)
And Santa is keeping busy.
Thanks for the card Pete!