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About veronicazundel

I'm a professional writer, amateur mother, and churchless Mennonite (ie I don't have a Mennonite church to belong to any more, so am currently attending an Anglo-Catholic church with an evangelical vicar!). I live in north London with my husband, adult son and a fat fluffy cat. I'm a second generation refugee kid, and eat Marmite on matzo crackers every morning.

It’s not about the money

Then Jesus said to the disciples, ‘There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, “What is this that … Continue reading

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Better than the Pharisees?

For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:20). I’ve always struggled with this statement of Jesus. Schooled in the evangelical view of salvation by … Continue reading

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What glory? Whose power?

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are not ours, for ever and ever, Amen. There is no Scripture reference for this, even when it’s not in my ‘reversed’ version. That’s because it isn’t in Scripture, in either Matthew’s … Continue reading

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Lord, save us!

And do not bring us to the time of trial,but rescue us from the evil one (Matthew 6:13). In my Mennonite church, we used a modern translation of the Lord’s Prayer where the first line of this verse was rendered … Continue reading

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As I… so you…

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48) Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful (Luke 6:36) I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also … Continue reading

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Debts paid and unpaid

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.¬† (Matthew 6:12) It’s no accident that it’s taken me nearly nine months to get back to this blog and especially this verse. Yes, a lot of hard things … Continue reading

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Who needs bread?

Give us this day our daily bread Matthew 6:11 This is the line that makes this a prayer to be used by the poor. We rich, and I include myself and most people reading this, generally know where our next … Continue reading

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A cry for change

Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10 What would it mean for God’s kingdom to come? How would we know? Ultimately, it would mean the fulfilment of that bit of ‘realized … Continue reading

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In whose name?

Hallowed be your name Matthew 6:9b All right, all right. I know. I start a new series and then disappear for two and a half months. What can I say? There’s blogging, and then there’s life. And without life, what … Continue reading

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Our divine parent

‘Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven’ Matthew 6:9 For some time I’ve been meaning to write a short series on what we call ‘the Lord’s Prayer’, so a couple of weeks into Lent seems as good a … Continue reading

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