I live in a country where voting is mandatory, is it okay to vote? Why don’t Anabaptists just call themselves “Early Church”? Today Jaran Miller, Reagan Schrock, and Marlin Sommers respond to questions from our audience.
Jaran, Reagan, and Marlin are all on the Anabaptist Perspectives administrative team.
How can higher education strengthen one’s faith? What about going to college leads people away from Christ? Vince Beiler discusses how his education interacts with his faith. Vince asks, “[W]hen Christians who join academia become agnostic, is the problem with the Christian or with the organization they entered?
What is the Christian response to the trial and conviction of Derek Chauvin? What does real justice for George Floyd look like? How should the Church help to fix racism? Zack Johnson discusses ideal justice. The Christian’s hope is in total love for God and humans.
Zachary Johnson serves as Dean of Students at Sattler College. He formerly worked for the US Air force before receiving honorable discharge as a conscientious objector.
What is it like to live closely with Christians from a different culture? Daniel shares stories of his interaction with the Chinese church. His faith was challenged and he saw the need to accept the simple interpretation of the Bible.
Do foreign missions cause more harm or good? How can missionaries keep from merging their culture and the gospel? Episodes related to Christian missions have generated a lot of concern and questions from listeners. Three members of the Anabaptist Perspectives administrative team, Jaran, Marlin, and Reagan, discuss some of these questions and concerns.
It is impossible to live without tradition. How can we minimize the liabilities? How can we use tradition for our benefit?
“The most destructive traditions that are there claim not to be traditions. Our job is many times to excavate a little bit behind and say, ‘Well, there is actually continuity here. This is a tradition too: here are the strengths, here are the liabilities.”
This is the final episode of a three-part series with Kyle Stoltzfus about tradition and heritage. Consider listening to episodes 127 and 129 first.
What is the importance of knowing Hebrew? Why would one go to Cambridge to study language? Vince Beiler explains how understanding the original languages of the Bible helps us to understand it better.
“So much [of] what you see in the Hebrew Bible is an open ended discussion, an invitation to think about something on a much deeper level.”
Does being human require tradition? What are examples of tradition in Scripture? Kyle Stoltzfus explains the necessity of tradition in Christianity.
“This is about benefiting from, appreciating, and participating in a cultural legacy larger than oneself. The central burden is that we are recipients of spiritual and moral wealth. We can respond in a variety of ways to this: indulgently, critically, or constructively.”
This is the second part of a three-part series with Kyle. Consider listening to episode 127 if you have not already.
Music: "The Basket" by Blue Dot Sessions
Daniel felt God’s call to serve in China. While planting churches in China, he started applying parts of the Bible that are frequently associated with Anabaptism. Listen to Daniel’s encouraging journey of being sold out to Christ and his work.
In an upcoming episode Daniel shares more stories of the Chinese church.
We all have a cultural heritage. How does it affect us? What are right ways to view our heritage? Kyle Stoltzfus wants us to recognize traditions that are helpful and essential in Christian living.
“When we build with heritage, we recognize tools that we have been handed. We learn to exercise ourselves and apply ourselves to the tools that we actually have in our hands.”
In future episodes, Kyle will expand on understanding our heritage and legacy.