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Thursday, April 14th, 2022

What does Scripture have to say about loaning money at interest? Do Old Testament prohibitions apply to us? How does collecting interest fit with working with our own hands and being productive? 

Stephen Russell gives us glimpses into how the church has thought about this over the last two millenia, and how Christian thinking changed as economic systems changed. Stephen calls us to see God’s heart as revealed in the Old Testament year of Jubilee.  

Recommended Resource: https://www.crisismagazine.com/2011/catholics-and-usury-a-tragic-history

Published on
Thursday, March 31st, 2022

Money has rarely been far removed from the biblical narratives or major conversations of the church since the New Testament. Between the close of the New Testament and the protestant reformation, the church had much to say about usury. Stephen Russell, a student of history, orients us to the church’s premodern stance on usury. 

Recommended resource: https://www.crisismagazine.com/2011/catholics-and-usury-a-tragic-history  

Published on
Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

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.

Published on
Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

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.

Published on
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.

Published on
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, 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.

Published on
Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

Micheal Sattler was an important leader in the Anabaptist movement during the reformation. Sattler, and several other radical reformers, were highly educated. In this episode, Dr. Finny Kuruvilla discusses these leaders and how their education affected Anabaptism. Also discussed is how education can be used well in the building of God’s kingdom.

Published on
Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

In this episode, Stephen Russell defines nonresistance and traces it throughout Church history. He starts at the early church, touches on the reformation, and finishes by showing the place that nonresistance has in the Church today.

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