Monday, January 29, 2007


an Anabaptist word that means abandonment of one’s self that leads to peace and calm, the surrendering of one’s self to the kingdom of God and to the community of believers. It means a life now lived in on-going discipleship and living out the indwelling of Christ.
Perhaps we could say that one is not Christian unless he/she enters into glassenheit.
It is often translated as submission. I don't believe the simple word "submission" does justice to the more robust definition below. Submission paints a picture of a spinelessness. A beat and whimpering puppy, perhaps. The connotations simply don't work. Submission suggests cowardice and weakness. Glassenheit is a silent strength that thrusts its hand into the circle of believers, receiving in return the support of many hands.

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