Stephen Decatur Jr. sailed the Intrepid into the harbor of Tripoli under cover of darkness. His mission: to set afire the USS Philadelphia captured by Tripolitan forces after running aground on an uncharted reef. The frigate was now a menace … Continue reading What Is the Purpose of the Church?
Are you awake? Are you like the servants preparing for His return… Continue reading Living in Light of Eternity
Jesus has called His followers to respond differently, and we either tarnish or demonstrate our heavenly citizenship by our conduct as earthly citizens. Continue reading Dynamic Citizens
We wage war by a different method, and our weapons are words of truth and love in action. Continue reading Nonresistant Love
“Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? … He who swears to his own hurt and does not change.” (Psalm 15:1, 4b)1 Integrity As Anabaptists, we are taught early on … Continue reading Christian Integrity
Throughout history, Christians have tended to emphasize either mystical inner transformation (important) or outer good works (also important) at the expense of the other. To take both of these and synthesize them into a Christ-like whole requires handling and skills greater than our own bumbling efforts. Continue reading What is Discipleship?
We live in a culture where the word “family” is, at the very least hard to define, and perhaps even archaic. In America, we are observing the decimation of marriage and the traditional family. In the recent past, the family … Continue reading Marriage and Family: Article 15 of the 1963 Confession of Faith
Most significantly, headship and its subsequent symbols demonstrate the gospel relationship between Christ and His Bride. They are a marvelous opportunity for us to embody the most glorious truth of our faith – our Savior and His Church. Continue reading Christian Headship: Obligation or Opportunity?
“Don’t you see all those little black demons flying around,” the man asks, pleading for someone to let him know he is not crazy. “They want me to die,” he informs the nurse, his eyes wide in terror. In the … Continue reading Embracing the Mentally Ill
I often wonder whether it will be possible to replay historical events in the life after death. At the top of my list would be to watch the Lord’s Supper. What were the Apostles thinking as Jesus broke the bread … Continue reading The Lord’s Supper