Plain people in the midst of cultural transformation

Sep 30, 2014 by

The below photo depicts an understudied — yet vitally important — aspect of Brethren in Christ religious life in the 1960s and 1970s: the Church Growth movement. Church Growth developed as a phenomenon...

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Will there ever be another Brethren in Christ hymnal?

Aug 8, 2014 by

Earlier this year, while teaching a course on Brethren in Christ history and theology at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pa., I worked with Dr. Dwight Thomas to organize a hymn sing on campus. My students...

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Four Brethren in Christ distinctives I don’t want to lose

Jul 25, 2014 by

I just returned to Philly after my first General Conference of the Brethren in Christ. It’s a biennial, national gathering designed to bring the church together for face-to-face dialogue. It was good to be...

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Post-Christian culture

Jun 23, 2014 by

For years there was an easy alliance in America between God and country. The Christian church held a privileged place in our culture. As this is breaking down, people who take Jesus and the Bible seriously are...

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Imagining ‘an alternative to the sword’

May 6, 2014 by

During the course I’m teaching at Messiah College, Historical Study of Peace, we’ve focused intently on American peace movements and tracked two different forms of peace activity within Christian...

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Graham’s almost agreement with nonresistance

Apr 9, 2014 by

A seminal event in Anabaptist history happened when, in 1961 dialogue began between Mennonite and Brethren in Christ leaders and Billy Graham — at the time, one of America’s most famous figures and...

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MCC helps immigrants regain freedom, fight deportation

Mar 3, 2014 by and

MIAMI — A day of construction work complete, Rene Ticas was driving his crew home on Palmetto Highway when the ladder on the van roof blew off and spun around on the highway, grazing another car. Ticas...

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