SOMETIMES I WONDER, –and please take this in a positive way–what makes Brethren evangelicals specifically Brethren? What is characteristically Brethren about adhering to the Apostles Creed or to the NAE Statement of Faith? I would like to encourage a greater commitment to Brethren distinctives–such as nonresistance and nonconformity, and a stronger expression of the New Testament ordinances of trine immersion, the three-fold Love Feast, and the others. Rick Gardner, in a Messenger article several years ago, asked if “Brethren” and “evangelical” fit well together. They do, but “Brethren” has to be more than just the name over the door. And yes, it does matter.
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].