Two Views of Community
How can Christians think about and practice community well? Kyle Stoltzfus describes two perspectives that orthodox Christians have represented, the Evangelical view and the “resident aliens” view. Kyle looks at the strengths and weaknesses of…
What is the Anabaptist Vision?
Anabaptists easily outline high ideals. Living them is a continuing challenge which we need to embrace. Chester Weaver articulates a version of the Anabaptist Vision and the challenges to living it out. Chester adapts themes from Harold Bender’s…
Dualism and the Birth of Anabaptism
We are tempted to divide life and exempt parts from Christ’s rule. Chester Weaver decry’s these various dualisms as deadly threats to Christian life. Unless profession and behavior come together, unless work and worship unite, unless our…
Spiritual Value of Risk and Failure
How can Christians see risks and even failure as beneficial? Kyle Stoltzfus encourages us to embrace paths where we don’t know the outcome and leave growth and increase up to God. We should remember that, “There is a God. I’m not him. Thank God…
Salvation as Participating with God
Salvation is not a ticket to heaven, but the life of God planted in human hearts. The Holy Spirit brings us into God’s life and enables us to do His work in the world. Chester Weaver explains this through various paired ideas. “Truth walks on…
Responding to Abuse: Past and Present
Anabaptists, like most of American society, are much more conscious of abuse than we were a few decades ago. There have been improvements in how we respond. There have also been changes in our response that are not necessarily for the better.…
What if My Friend is Abused?
Someone discloses abuse. How do I respond? Roseanne Bauman urges us to honor their courage in speaking, to listen well and talk little, and to connect them to someone who has appropriate experience to walk with them. This is the first in a series of…
Should We Celebrate Anabaptist Beginnings?
Is it unhealthy to celebrate something that lifts up individuals or that marks a division among believers? How do we view Anabaptist history in relation to other Christian traditions? Long-time Mennonite historian John Roth calls us to “right…
Union with Christ or Gospel of Sin Management?
Without downplaying the barrier of our sin that is overcome in Jesus’ death and resurrection, Kyle Stoltzfus urges us to see the large, rich picture that God has in mind for our living “in…