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Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

How should Christians view secular science? In what ways does properly understanding nature affect the way we live? John Mark Kuhns, a teacher at Faith Builders Christian School, has a record of pursuing the sciences. In this episode, he discusses how Christians should view and be involved in science. John Mark specifically discusses evolution and creation care. This is part one of a two-part series.

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Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Why are the early church beliefs important today? How can studying early church writings help to clarify scripture for us? In this episode, David Bercot shares the most important lessons that he has learned through studying church history. David encourages us to not view the early church writings as scripture, but as insight into how the authors understood scripture.

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Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

Joel Martin shares his story in this episode about deciding to stay Anabaptist. As a youth, Joel was discontented with the level of spiritual life that he saw in Anabaptist churches and planned to leave. Before he left though, a few events happened in his life that caused his perspective to change. Joel ends the episode by briefly sharing about the work that he is doing with All-Nations Bible Translation.

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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

How can an individual help to strengthen their church? How can we help people to begin to love their church? In this episode, Val shares his heart for the local church and gives practical direction for ways to be a blessing in one’s brotherhood. Val encourages Christians to view the church as the people that they will spend eternity with.

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Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

What is the importance of hospitality for Christians? How can one show a spirit of hospitality beyond just inviting others into their house? Bryant Martin, owner of Sowers Harvest Café, shares about the example of hospitality that Jesus left for his disciples. Bryant quotes Mark Glanville saying, “We learn from Jesus fellowship meals that our tables should be places of radical welcome, especially for those who feel lonely and on the outside. This is the shape of the Kingdom of God!” The next episode we will release will be part two of this interview.

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Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

Who was Justin Martyr? What were convictions that he stood up for? David Bercot presents an overview of Justin Martyr’s life and writings in this episode. Justin was zealous for living a life that was sold out to Christ, yet he had a kind and generous heart.

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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

What opportunities for ministry can be had by working in the fire service or EMS? How can one fight the negative influences that can be present in these companies? Here Merle Weaver shares about his ministry working in the Fivepointville Fire Company. Merle shows us how working in these emergency services can be a light to one’s community. He also encourages those involved in the service to maintain accountability with a close “buddy”.

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Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

There are a lot of difficulties that our society is facing today. What do these reveal about our culture? How can we come out well on the other side of these difficulties? In this episode, Kyle Stoltzfus describes what he has observed through the COVID-19 and race crises that happened in 2020. Kyle discusses how to view, and interact with, greater society during this time.

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Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

How does one properly discern between what is true and what is false? How can we engage in constructive conversations with those to whom we disagree? In this episode, Peter Goertzen discusses how to have discernment between what is truth and what is false. He describes different types of right and wrong facts. Peter encourages us to be sure of our allowing God to work in us as we interact with others who have different worldviews than we do.

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Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

What can the humanities add to Anabaptism? How do we correctly respond to secular views within the humanities? In this episode, Josh Nisley discusses how the field of the humanities can help us to better understand the world. He encourages us to not too quickly dismiss what others believe, but to seek to understand, critically engage with, and present our own beliefs to them.

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Wednesday, January 6th, 2021

In this episode, Merle Weaver describes the vision that he has for sending Anabaptist teams to the 10/40 window, a section of the globe that contains about two-thirds of the earth’s population and an estimated one billion people who have not heard the gospel. He also shares ways that he believes Anabaptists could enter restricted countries when severe cases of humanitarian aid are needed.

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Sunday, December 27th, 2020

What is it like to live in Jerusalem? How does watching the Israel-Palestine relations firsthand affect one’s view? In this episode, Josh shares life lessons that he learned while living and working in Jerusalem. Josh encourages us to remember that the narrative behind the interactions of Israelis and Palestinians is complex.

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Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020

In today’s episode, Clyde Zimmerman shares stories from his experience overseas while helping with the SALT program described in the previous episode. He presents practical examples of the way that SALT helps communities, and tells stories of interactions where he has seen God’s hand at work. Clyde encourages us to share the gospel wherever we are at as intentionally as we expect those in mission work to do.

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Monday, December 14th, 2020

In this episode, Clyde Zimmerman describes the ways in which he was been involved in helping with community development across the globe. He recounts how he has been able to assist those in impoverished areas, and shares lessons he has learned as he has observed people from across the globe.

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Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

How does one’s relationship with a brother affect his relationship with Christ? How is the Anabaptist view of church different than the Roman Catholic and Protestant views? In this episode, Val Yoder describes his understanding of how Christ calls his Church to operate within local congregations. To help understand the Anabaptist view, he compares and contrasts it with the Roman Catholic and Protestant views.

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Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

Who is Tertullian? What can we learn from him today? In this episode David Bercot gives an introduction about Tertullian, an early church Father who gave many writings to the Church in the early 3rd century. Tertullian was austere in taking the practice of Christianity seriously. He discussed many practical issues that still apply to us today.

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Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

Lesbos, Greece is an island with multiple migrant camps on it. Randall Graber and his family work in Lesbos under a network of conservative Mennonite churches. In this episode, Randall tells about the work in Greece and shares how individuals can become involved. He also recounts one refugee’s story of migration and coming to Christ.

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Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

In the early 2000s, Val Yoder and his family felt called to be involved in the development of a training place for young people. Several years later they moved to Thailand in order to help start the Institute for Global Opportunities. In this episode, Val shares the story and vision behind starting IGo and explains what the value is in having a school set in a culture that is different from the students’ home culture.

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Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

Anabaptists have often emphasized the character trait of gelassenheit. In this episode, Chester Weaver describes what “gelassenheit” is. Gelassenheit is a German word that has no simple translation into English but is often described as yieldedness. Having this character trait is essential to having a strong relationship with God and his church.

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Thursday, November 5th, 2020

What are things practiced today that reflect bad fundamentals? What is the interaction between fundamentalism and rules? This is the Q&A session from our live event on October 24, 2020. In this session, Chester Weaver, Matt Landis, and Marlin Sommers respond to questions that our audience asked in response to the first part of our live event (episode 101A).
This is the second part of the 101st episode of Anabaptist Perspectives, a podcast, blog, and YouTube channel that examines various aspects of conservative Anabaptist life and thought.

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