Archives For Mennonites

 

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Tomorrow (Sept. 3) is the birthday of innovative author, Malcolm Gladwell.  

*** Books by Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell has an excellent new podcast called Revisionist history that is worth listening to…

Welcome to Revisionist History, a new podcast from Malcolm Gladwell and Panoply Media. Each week for 10 weeks, Revisionist History will go back and reinterpret something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood.

Introduction to the Podcast:




 

Episode #9, “Generous Orthodoxy” is particular interesting. 

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“A Vibrant, Historic Strand
Of the Christian Faith

A Review of
The Naked Anabaptist:
The Bare Essentials of a Radical Faith
.

by Stuart Murray.

Reviewed by Dustin Hite.


The Naked Anabaptist:
The Bare Essentials of a Radical Faith
.

Stuart Murray.
Paperback: Herald Press, 2010.
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THE NAKED ANABAPTIST - Stuart MurrayAs one who might rightly be described as ‘Anabaptist-friendly’, I was quite intrigued when I received notice that this particular work would be released soon.  Having not grown up in a church environment linked to traditional Anabaptism, my fondness for the tradition emerged in my graduate school studies, as I learned of the commitment and dedication of the “radical reformers” (a label that has been applied, by historians, to the early Anabaptists and others) in the face of violent persecution.

Stuart Murray, who himself could rightly be described as someone immersed in Anabaptist tradition, is not so much, in his book entitled The Naked Anabaptist: The Bare Essentials of a Radical Faith, addressing those similar to himself.  Instead, his aim is to address the individuals, much like myself, who may lack any formal connection to an Anabaptist religious tradition, but nonetheless have found much of value in its theology and praxis.

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“A New Generation of Hagiography”

A Review of
The Fugitive: Menno Simons.
Myron Augsburger.

Reviewed by Chris Smith.


The Fugitive: Menno Simons.
Myron Augsburger.

Paperback: Herald Press, 2008.
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THE FUGITIVE: MENNO SIMONS by Myron AugsburgerMenno Simons, a leader in the Dutch Anabaptist movement of the sixteenth century whose name would be borrowed to identify the Mennonite churches, is a significant figure in church history and yet one about whom little is generally known, especially outside the Mennonite tradition.  Simons, ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1524 at the age of 28, would eventually come to question and then renounce the Catholic Church, and was re-baptized in 1536, severing the last strand of his ties with Rome.  Following his resignation from the Catholic priesthood and his subsequent rebaptism, Menno consigned himself to life on the run, pursued as a traitor by the Roman Church and the church-aligned local authorities.   Around the time of his renouncing of Catholicism, he wrote in his journal:

With God’s Spirit, help, force and hand, I left my good fame, honor, and name, which I had with people… Voluntarily, I went in misery and poverty under the burden of the cross of my Lord Jesus Christ, in all my weakness, fearing God, searching for real and true believers in God.

And yet Menno, unlike many of his fellow Anabaptists, eluded the pursuing authorities for a quarter century, dying of illness at the relatively old age of sixty-six.

This adventurous story of Menno’s life, his abandonment to the way of the cross and his courageous trust in God’s provision has been re-told in Myron Augsburger’s recent book The Fugitive.

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