In this epsisode, two of Anabaptist Perspectives’ advisers, Kyle Stoltzfus and Stephen Russell, respond to a question from Jordan: “Respectfully, I find it strange how you emphasized, quite emphatically, that you approach what the scriptures say (Particularly Jesus’s words) with a simple receptivity and yet deny the real presence of his body and blood in the supper. He clearly states “This IS my body and…this IS my blood shed for the remission of sins.” Same with baptism, in 1 Peter 3:21 the scripture states ‘Baptism now saves you’. Am I missing something?” Dean Taylor’s episode on the Essence of Anabaptism (the first episode we every published) is the context for this question.
Stephen Russell earned a degree in European Studies at George Mason University (1986-1988), and an M.A. in Church History and Theology at Wheaton Graduate School (1989). His voluntary service experiences include two summers in Germany (1978, 1982), Choice Books (1981), and a halfway house for parolees (1980). He taught in Christian schools for five years and worked at Choice Books for seventeen years. During a seven month stay in Israel (2006), he wrote a book on nonresistance, Overcoming Evil God’s Way.Read More