What are benefits of having intellectual pursuits? What are some of the challenges that come along with focusing on the intellect? Michael Hochstetler talks about the process he went through trying to balance attentiveness to the intellect, emotions, and spirit. He encourages those with intellectual interests to reach out and to show interest in those with less intellectual interests.
“Do I want people to say [about me], ‘That guy was really smart’ or do I want people to say, ‘He loved God. He loved people.”
Michael is a counselor at Life Ministries in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
How is Christianity distinct from world religions? What does Anabaptism add to Christendom? Stephen Russell discusses two ways that Christianity is different than world religions: entry by choice and separation from governments. He considers how the early church, early Anabaptists, and the church today view these topics. Stephen also discusses the importance of Christian community.
How can we study the Bible with those who do not have a Christian background? Which parts of the scriptures do these people find the hardest to understand? Ernest Eby, from State College Pennsylvania, shares his experience helping others understand the Bible.
"If people can tell that you care, they are going to be more open to Bible studies and they are going to be more likely to become part of the church. If people sense that you view them as a project, and all you want to do is convert them, they will quickly lose interest."
How does studying science challenge a Christian’s faith? In what ways do conservative Anabaptists tend to view science wrongly? In this episode, John Mark Kuhns discusses how higher education and the study of science affected his faith in God. John Mark encourages us to correctly understand how science works to find truth. This episode is the second part of an interview with John Mark.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.