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When addressing sexual assault in Southern Baptist churches, victims don’t have a safe place to speak; leaders abuse their power and remain unaccountable. Perhaps Anabaptists can teach us the right way to respond. […] Read More

A group of Radical Reformers, known as Anabaptists, found themselves facing a penalty of death at the hands of the Protestant government in Zurich, Switzerland, during the 16th century. Escaping their death sentence, Anabaptists fled to the foothills of the Alps. […] Read More

Post-modern, post-Christendom, post-industrial, post-colonial, post-secular – commentators on transitions impacting Western societies often resort to “post” words to describe these. Observers of church life identify post-evangelical, post-charismatic, post-denominational and post-institutional developments. These words refer backward, not forward, telling us where we were, not where we are going, but insisting that things are changing. Sadly, “post-truth” […] Read More

Martin Luther’s influence during the Protestant Reformation was enormous, but with the acceptance of Scripture as the authority, many individual interpretations began to appear, creating a pluralism of Reformations. Historians commonly identify five of these patterns of Reformation. Followers of Luther created the Lutheran tradition. They adopted the Augsburg Confession in 1530 but then debated […] Read More

It has been a pesky problem from the very beginning. Adam, who walked with God in the cool of the garden, could not follow one simple proscription. Abraham, called by God to be the progenitor of a great nation, lied about Sarah being his wife to save his own hide. Moses, chosen from among all […] Read More

DENVER, Pa. – Even a casual talk with Amos Hoover can seem noteworthy. Tucked in his plain gray coat is a palm-sized notebook in which Hoover scribbles whatever information his companion might share. It might be some obscure point of Anabaptist history, or directions to a remote Hutterite colony. Hoover, an Old Order historian and […] Read More

SCOTTDALE, Pa. – After a 49-year run, Christian Living magazine will cease publication with its December issue – another casualty of the financial crisis at Mennonite Publishing House. Christian Living has brought voices from across the Mennonite-Anabaptist spectrum to its readers since 1953, ranging from theologian John Howard Yoder and novelist Rudy Wiebe in its […] Read More

Not that long ago, Bible readers had fewer choices. Today, with a proliferation of specialized Scriptures such as the Extreme Teen Bible and numerous study editions, there seems to be a Bible for every walk of life. Perry Yoder, a Bible scholar who teaches at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind., believes it’s clear […] Read More

The religious motives of Osama bin Laden and the Sept. 11 terrorists have created a popular image of Islam as a religion that condones violence against innocent people. A recent expression of this view came from evangelist Pat Robertson, who said Islam is “not a peaceful religion” and bin Laden is “probably truer to Muhammad” […] Read More