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: November 2005
HARVARD LAW SCHOOL MAY BECOMING more conservative. The Federalist Society may well be the largest student group on campus, according to Juan Non-Volokh.
A FEDERAL COURT IN INDIANA SAYS Christians can’t pray in the Indiana House of Representatives. A federal judge has ruled that the prayers which often open sessions of the Indiana House of Representatives can no longer mention Jesus Christ or … Continue reading
KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ REMARKS on the reaction to the Roman Catholic Church’s new paper on homosexuals in the priesthood. If you don’t accept the Church’s teachings on sexuality, how would it make sense for you to be a priest? How … Continue reading
THE CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAMS member from America is a Quaker from Virginia [thanks to alert reader Henry in Virginia]. The CBC reports, [Bob] Holmes [of CPT] said the organization was “very disturbed” by the kidnappers’ claim that the hostages were … Continue reading
THE VATICAN NEWSPAPER SAID on Tuesday that homosexuality risked “destabilizing people and society”, had no social or moral value and could never match the importance of the relationship between a man and a woman. Yes, all that, and it is … Continue reading
I JUST HEARD on the radio news that an American member of Christian Peacemaker Teams has been kidnapped in Iraq.
A TEACHER OF BIBLE/THEOLOGY IS NEEDED at at Kulp College, Nigeria. Primary teaching assignments include one or more of the following: Brethren history and beliefs, Christian doctrine, New Testament. Teaching is at an academic level comparable to a US junior … Continue reading
IF YOU USE the 1901 Brethren Hymnal (yes, it is still in print), and are interested in another, good contemporary hymnal, the Sing to the Lord hymnal from Lillenas Music is a good choice.
LUIS PALAU IS in hot water. Of [Red] China’s estimated 80 million to 100 million Christians, three-quarters belong to underground churches not registered with the government. China requires registered churches to have a government-selected pastor from an approved seminary. Registered … Continue reading
CAN’T WE ALL JUST get along? Phil Johnson explains why “playing nice” by postmodernist standards is a losing proposition. Entering the “conversation” at all is tantamount to breaking the seal on a software package. The moment you do it, you … Continue reading
DAVID BROG ASKS, “Why is the Anti-Defamation League going after evangelical Christians?” Evangelical Christians are rock-solid supporters of Israel–a fact that the Jewish community has belatedly begun to acknowledge and appreciate. What remains unacknowledged, and certainly not appreciated, is the … Continue reading
THE BRF WORKCAMP for Senior High students will be June 17-27, 2006 in Puerto Rico. The cost is $400, and is limited to 20 participants. Co-sponsored by the Brethren Revival Fellowship and the Brethren National Youth Ministry Office, this workcamp … Continue reading
TIM CHALLIES POSTS on three primary concerns about Rick Warren. Warren is willing to overlook critical theological differences that strike to the very heart of the gospel in order to press forward toward his goals. When a person is willing … Continue reading
PRAYERS GO UP for Charles Boyer, of La Verne, Calif., former Annual Conference Moderator, who has been hospitalized recently, and for C.B. Horst, minister from Lancaster County, Penna. (Blue Ball Congregation), who has been diagnosed with a serious condition which … Continue reading
ISRAEL FINDS an ally in American evangelicals. Regular readers know that the Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry is warmly commended here. But for most Israelis, the unswerving support of evangelicals, especially at a time when some liberal Protestant groups have … Continue reading
I MENTIONED tea the other day. Via Tim Bayly, here’s the Portsmith Tea Company. There’s also a weblog there. They also have Fair Trade Teas, if you’re into that sort of thing.
HERE’S AN ARTICLE on Dr. Haruun Ruun being appointed an advisor to the government in Sudan. More of Dr. Ruun’s background here.
I ATTENDED the community thanksgiving service this evening. The local Roman Catholic pastor had a short devotion, which was interesting. For all our differences–which are significant and not to be summarily dismissed–it is something that conservative and evangelical believers in … Continue reading
A HYMN’S LONG JOURNEY HOME: The surprising origins of “We Gather Together,” a Thanksgiving standard.
RENEWAL LEADERS WITHIN THE MAINLINE CHURCHES WARN against sexuality compromises. The Association for Church Renewal (ACR) has issued an open letter warning U.S. Christians against “third way” proposals that would compromise the churches’ teachings on sexuality. The debate within our … Continue reading
THE BRETHREN BIBLE INSTITUTE WINTER RETREAT for BBI alumni and spouses is planned for January 13-15, 2006 at Camp Swatara, near Bethel, Pennsylvania. The cost is $65.00 per person for the weekend. Bro. David Rittenhouse, of the Pocahontas Congregation near … Continue reading
While mainline Protestants lose members, others are gaining them. When aggregating the seven mainline denominations and the Roman Catholics, Southern Baptist and Assemblies of God, the figures point to an expanding church membership base � not a declining one reflecting … Continue reading
UNIVERSITY IS ACCUSED of Bias Against Christian Schools [via WorldMagBlog]. As U.S. Representative Tom Foley used to say, “It’s the seriousness of the charges that merit investigation.”
ON “BIBLIOLATRY“: Many present-day church leaders say that instead of exalting the Bible, we must get back of the Bible, to Christ himself. They say that those who believe the verbal inspiration of the Bible are “bibliolaters,” and suggest that … Continue reading
A READER RESPONDED to a posting of this week (but apparently didn’t follow the link to get the full information). However, in trying to reply, I encountered an Earthlink spamblocker: To control spam, I now allow incoming messages only from … Continue reading
THE LATEST UPTON TEA QUARTERLY ARRIVED today, and it continues the account of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company. At one time, A & P had over 17,500 stores–four times more than Wal-Mart does today. In 1933, the number … Continue reading
I’VE BEEN PONDERING the ethics of a group (involving a Brethren minister) suing their public school board, then having group members elected to that school board, as what happened in the Dover, Pennsylvania school district. Even if the new board … Continue reading
GENEROUS PEOPLE GIVE money to colleges without restrictions. The money gets misused. This also happens with bureaucratic denominations. For example, the trust involved with the Methodist Building in Washington, D.C., specifies clear restrictions, and they have been ignored and supplanted.
J. LEE GADY WRITES that in many charismatic ministries today, basic Christian morality has been hijacked. We�ve been bewitched. What matters to us today are the carnal things. We want flash, bang and the wow factor. If a person can … Continue reading