The term "Dunker" refers to an older name for the Brethren, taken from our practice of baptism by trine immersion [that is, baptizing by "dunking" three times under the water].
Monthly Archives: April 2003
NATIONAL RELIGIOUS BROADCASTERS say that more Americans get their religion from radio, television, and books, than through the churches. On the other hand, Christians also distrust the general media. It’s no wonder, with Time magazine trying to do a hit … Continue reading
IN THE FOUR YEARS BRF HAS BEEN ONLINE, this website has had nearly 20,000 unique visitors. Thanks! Besides the Dunker Journal, other portions of the over 450 pages on the website accessed frequently include Bro. Brubaker’s Bread Basket article on … Continue reading
NOT A GREAT MANY ARE FAMILIAR with this man, but he has done more to move the Roman church in a conservative direction than anyone else. (via CT Weblog). By the way, when did it become appropriate to use the … Continue reading
HE’S LORD OF THE SHIP, by Richard Sandlin. The offices of Christ cannot be divorced from one another.
“A MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY report released [April 1] suggests there are thousands of children being homeschooled in Michigan that state education officials don’t know about.” And the problem is? It sounds like they better keep the number of the HSLDA … Continue reading
A NUMBER OF BRETHREN PASTORS WILL BE ATTENDING the Moody Pastors’ Conference, May 19-22 in Chicago. “Plan B,” which covers the conference and meals (but not lodging), is still available.
AN ALERT READER POINTED ME to Peace Studies’ War Against America. Manchester College’s program figures prominently in the article.
THERE’S GOING TO BE A MEETING TOMORROW (Thursday) at 10 a.m. at the West Green Tree Church of the Brethren near Elizabethtown, PA, to discuss leadership in relationship to events and decisions on the horizon at Annual Conference and other … Continue reading
THE TERM “BRAINSTORMING” is not offensive to people with epilepsy. If it was, it would sure hit the buzzword industry. Where do these ideas get started? I suppose someone has a thought someday of what might offend someone, then it … Continue reading
SAYING HOMOSEXUALITY IS MORALLY WRONG, is not the same as oppressing those who practice it, except from some strange way of moving the goal post and counting every opposition as “oppression.” (again, via Christdot).
IRAQ BECKONS as an evangelical mission field. A newly released survey of evangelical Christian leaders finds 81 percent believe it is “very important” and 16 percent “somewhat important” to “evangelize Muslims in other countries.” The article here calls tentmaking ministry … Continue reading
AT TIMES, I EMPATHIZE WITH PHILIP YANCEY: The folks at the old Wittenburg Door could tell you all sorts of war stories about how evangelicals completely misunderstand satire and other attempts at humor. I’ve experienced this, too. I answer letters … Continue reading
HE’S NOT TRENT LOTT. Marvin Olasky writes on the Senator Santorum flap. The BRF Witness stated in 1979: If we come out in favor of putting a stamp of approval on homosexuality, do you know what is next on the … Continue reading
GOOD ARTICLE ON MESSIANIC SEDER MEAL (registration required). The CT weblog reports, though, that Chicago area Jews don’t appreciate Christians seeing Christ in the Passover.
NOTE: SOME THINGS on Dunker Journal are meant to be funny. It’s good to see that VOSer’s have a sense of humor, too. Here’s a quote from a VOSer about Dunker Journal: . . . I take no offense at … Continue reading
ROBERT BORK on the Supreme Court? It could happen. No, the howling sound is not in your computer; it’s the folks from the Alliance for Justice.
JUST A REMINDER: Dunker Journal reflects the opinions of the writer, not necessarily those of the BRF Committee or any of its organizations. It seems instructive (of something, at least) that the other Brethren weblog is done anonymously. At least … Continue reading
THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION, which has moved in a conservative direction for the past twenty years or so, reports its highest membership ever.
We live in a society that has largely abandoned shame. That is a bad thing, because shame, properly understood, can cause avoiding many of the problems we face today as a society. When pre-marital sex was a shame (fornication), more … Continue reading
ROD DREHER on Senator Santorum (Dallas Morning News; registration required): Rick Santorum is a devout Catholic. Like it or not, nothing he said in that interview diverges from Catholic doctrine. In fact, few orthodox Christians, Jews or Muslims would disagree … Continue reading
SOMEHOW I DON’T GET IT: For years, liberal churchmen have advocated that Christians and the church get involved in confronting the social problems (e.g., crime, rehabilitation). Many folks took them up on it, and organizations such as Prison Fellowship were … Continue reading
ON LIBERAL HYSTERIA OVER Christian missionaries going into Iraq: Liberals learned to live with Iraqi citizens being fed into plastic shredders, summary executions, maimings and unanesthetized ear-loppings. Only now have they found something truly fiendish going on in Iraq: Christian … Continue reading
ONE OF THE ELEMENTS OF THE anointing for healing service as practiced in the Church of the Brethren (see James 5:13-18), is an opportunity to confess one’s sins. This recognizes that unconfessed sin may lead to sickness, and provides an … Continue reading
IN OUR SMALL GROUP TONIGHT, we had an interesting discussion on how far confession of sin should be carried. The classic statement is “the circle of confession should be (only) as large as the circle of offense (committal).” That is, … Continue reading
IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN INDIANA, so posting will be light. I have some other responsibilities to care for, and you likely do as well.
TED TURNER, the media mogul, said on Thursday too few people owned too many media organizations. Hmmm. He should sell his millions of shares of AOLTimeWarner to about 5,000 people. His real concern is that the media are not controlled … Continue reading
‘Out of control’ eulogies prompt ban. Church leaders, fed up with jokes and unseemly odes, are cracking down. Pop culture (can it really be called “culture”?) has interposed itself in both funerals and weddings. I shudder that families want “Go … Continue reading
JASON STEFFENS has a quote from the Wall Street Journal editorial page that reinforces my previous comments here and here.
WE HEARD DURING THE RUN-UP TO THE RECENT UNPLEASANTNESS in Iraq that we should pay more attention to the international community, particularly as presented through the United Nations. A recent resolution to promote and protect the human rights “of all … Continue reading