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The gospel is about all that God created us to be. Not just managing sin, but living life with God and ruling creation with Him. Without downplaying the barrier of our sin that is overcome in Jesus’ death and resurrection, Kyle Stoltzfus urges us to see the large, rich picture that God has in mind for our living “in Christ.” In light of that, our p…
 
“We don’t get to choose what story we are living in, but we can choose what character we will be.” New Testament scholar Paul Lamicela helps us see ourselves in the story of Lot’s family in Sodom and the story of David and Goliath. (Hint, we are not primarily David or Goliath in that story!) Also discussed is how Jesus saw Himself in the story of I…
 
Twain’s biting satire exposes the temptation to think God is on “our side” of a war. Sadly, Mark Twain himself was not a believer, but his insight into Christian hypocrisy and the perversions that come with tying religion to nationalist or imperial causes is well worth listening to. Let’s follow the Lord of peace and flee all attempts to enlist God…
 
“There is nothing, nothing harder to do in my life than church.” Dean Taylor responds to audience comments on deep disappointment with Anabaptism and on difficulties in understanding the bible due to textual complications and lack of historical context. We will often be surprised at the results if we are willing to be humbly and honestly up front w…
 
How can we engage in mission as “little Christs” and not as Americans? Kai Steinman and Rebekah Mui encourage us “learn Christ” in His humility, service, and laying down of Himself. Christ, when He is lifted up, will draw people to Himself. While our guests acknowledge the dangers of empire and arrogance, they encourage all who reach out in humilit…
 
Western missions were tied to imperialism and colonialism. Kai Steinman and Rebekah Mui discuss the interweaving of empire, Christendom, and mission with all its dark sides. At the same time, they call our attention to the beauty of Christ’s kingdom shining among the ashes. The China Mirage by James Bradley The Way of the Cross by Guy Hershberger R…
 
Are Christians naïve to advocate accepting immigration? Staff members, Jaran Miller, Reagan Schrock, and Marlin Sommers respond to listener comments and discuss pertinent biblical teaching and practical realities. Also, a listener asked how to access our videos without using YouTube. See below for links to our Telegram/CloudVeil channels. Jesus, a …
 
How can we see Bible study as a tangible way to know God? Kristi Mast shares how she moved from intimidation at Bible study to delight in seeing God through scripture. She also reflects on cultural factors that can make serious biblical engagement more difficult for women in conservative circles. She calls all of us to study the Bible together in o…
 
Galatians is about God’s New Creation, as Paul Lamicela helps us see. This episode probes major themes in Galatians in light of Jesus bringing the newness that redeems us from the present evil age. For much more detail listen to Paul’s four espisode series on the Think Truth podcast https://think-truth.org/2022/01/18/galatians-series-the-big-pictur…
 
The internet is an “attention economy.” Websites sell your attention to advertisers and use sophisticated algorithms to personalize your feed. Myron Eby and Verlon Miller discuss the downsides of an internet built around selling ads, and encourage us toward some ways to combat those dangers by intentionally seeking good sources of information. 12 W…
 
What is Digital Minimalism? Does it describe conservative Anabaptist groups? Verlon Miller and Myron Eby discuss Mennonite and Amish hesitations about new information technology and the pros and cons of churches choosing to selectively adopt new technologies. Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport This is the 169th episode of Anabaptist Perspectives, a …
 
Does internet filtering work? Is it just a cop-out from the hard work of cultivating a pure heart? Verlon Miller and Myron Eby discuss various tools designed to protect us from the dark side of the internet. They also discuss these tools in relation to the role of community and also guarding our hearts. This is the 168th episode of Anabaptist Persp…
 
Does communion involve the literal body of Jesus? Does baptism save us? Dean Taylor addresses listener comments regarding baptism and the Lord’s supper. These questions were responses to Dean’s episode “The Essence of Anabaptism” in which he emphasized believing scripture “without a complicated interpretation.” Some viewers argued that doesn’t fit …
 
As our board and staff were together recently, we hammered out a vision statement. “Using digital media to encourage allegiance to Jesus’s sacrificial kingdom.” We also discussed operation improvements. Until now we have run this podcast by seasons and currently we are in Season 4. Going forward, we will not be using seasons. We will instead releas…
 
[Note: After this episode, we will be shifting to a biweekly release schedule.] One YouTube commenter wrote: “In the Anabaptist worldview, we value community above almost everything else. We are often even reluctant to discuss controversial Bible passages for fear of disrupting our sense of community. In the academic world, on the other hand, promo…
 
A listener commented “I love the theology and cannot stand the exclusivity” in reference to John’s episode “The Kingdom of God in Anabaptist Thought.” John affirms the existence of other Kingdom Christians. His comments also clarify what he means by Kingdom theology. We are to be a city set on a hill, which is a light to the world as a community, n…
 
Whether, it’s a Sunday school lesson, topic, or sermon, teaching scripture can feel overwhelming. Verlon Miller gives helpful tools and pointers from years of preaching experience. Verlon calls us to diligence in study, whenever we have the opportunity to share. Tools discussed include cross-references, commentaries, and simple software. This is th…
 
Should Christians “own” all of church history? How do evil things done by those who take the name of Christ relate to us? And switching gears, how does one become Mennonite? What if I want to be Anabaptist but there is no congregation near me? Jaran, Marlin, and Reagan discuss these questions that were posed on earlier episodes. Listen to Allen Rot…
 
Why do some church plants fail? How can an older church help start a new church? Allen Roth speaks from experience and observation. Church planting calls for much prayer, clear vision, and a whole lot of practical steps and hard work. Suggested Resources Ten Most Common Mistakes Made by Church Starts by Griffith and Easum [affiliate link] Global Ch…
 
The church planter is like a rubber tire between the bumpers of two vehicles. Allen Roth describes the challenge of operating with integrity and with respect for both the sending culture and receptor culture while engaged in cross-cultural evangelism. Allen describes what he sees as Anabaptist core values, noting how we can easily be blind to our o…
 
“How does one plant churches, teaching people to obey clear commands of Scripture that go in the opposite direction of many accepted norms of prevailing culture?” Allen Roth doesn’t stop with asking the difficult questions, but pushes us to be confident in scripture, humble in our understanding, and devoted to knowing scripture. “The Holy Spirit ca…
 
Our founders, Reagan and Jaran, tell the story of Anabaptist Perspectives from their perspective. Why they started, humor and encouragement along the way, and what keeps them excited five years in. As they say in the episode, we are especially grateful for all of you who have sustained this ministry with your gifts. Recommended Resources: Plough Pu…
 
We should learn from monks and nuns. Monastics were responsible for the revival of agriculture, in addition to schools, libraries, and hospitals. These works of service accompanied their focus on the interior life and recovering personal wholeness. Stephen reminds us of the origins of monasticism in the New Testament (1 Corinthians 7 and 1 Timothy …
 
Kristi Mast highlights women, past and present, who have inspired her. As the conversation progresses, she highlights the power of reading scripture congregationally. Then she offers a brief review of egalitarian and complementarian ideologies in contemporary Christianity. Kristi encourages women to see themselves first as disciples, rather than an…
 
Are commentaries cheating? Marlin emphasizes first hand direct engagement with the text of scripture. If used carefully, commentaries can actually help this process. Marlin also discusses free study resources and biblical language tools. This conversation continues themes from Marlin’s essay “The Inside-Out Sandwich.” Read Marlin’s essay The Inside…
 
What does humility mean for studying the Bible? Can only the educated understand scripture? Vince and Roseanne respond to audience comments from Vince’s prior episodes with Anabaptist Perspectives. How can we grow in our understanding of Scripture? Do we need to have an answer for every question? View prior episodes with Vince: Does Academia Cause …
 
Years ago John taught the book of Luke in a high school classroom. This launched his journey of faith into what he terms “voluntary poverty,” or non-accumulation of wealth. In this episode he shares some practical parts of this journey and comments on when the rubber meets the road in his later years. This is the 153rd episode of Anabaptist Perspec…
 
It is good to work and to be invested in our work. Distributism fits well with traditional Anabaptist values, even though it has largely been articulated by Catholic thinkers. Stephen Russell urges us to “look at distributism and see how it fits with what we have traditionally tried to do, and learn from it”. These themes include valuing craftsmans…
 
What does Scripture have to say about loaning money at interest? Do Old Testament prohibitions apply to us? How does collecting interest fit with working with our own hands and being productive? Stephen Russell gives us glimpses into how the church has thought about this over the last two millenia, and how Christian thinking changed as economic sys…
 
Is the kingdom message socialism? What does the New Testament say about interest and lending? What about interest on business loans? And what really is laying up treasures in heaven? John calls us back to the willingness to give and share as the foundational issue for all of these questions. This is the 150th episode of Anabaptist Perspectives, a p…
 
Money has rarely been far removed from the biblical narratives or major conversations of the church since the New Testament. Between the close of the New Testament and the protestant reformation, the church had much to say about usury. Stephen Russell, a student of history, orients us to the church’s premodern stance on usury. Recommended Resource:…
 
Kevin Brechbill urges business owners to pay employees well think carefully about where to give money, and to build accountability and transparency around their role as business owners. Recommended Resources: Money, Possessions, Eternity by Randy Alcorn. https://amzn.to/3ujopoy This is the 148th episode of Anabaptist Perspectives, a podcast, blog, …
 
What are the basic ideas for understanding how Christians should value and relate to money? John D. Martin points us to the Old Testament year of Jubilee and Jesus’s teachings about laying up treasures. He challenges us to embrace Jesus’s values and ensure we are worshiping him, not money. Recommended Resources: Through the Eye of a Needle by Roger…
 
This is a sample chapter from David’s Bercot’s book In God We Don’t Trust. We helped produce the audiobook version, and are excited to share a few chapters with you during the month of December. You can find the complete book at the links below or on any major audiobook platform. If you would like to make a year-end donation to Anabaptist Perspecti…
 
This is a sample chapter from David’s Bercot’s book In God We Don’t Trust. We helped produce the audiobook version, and are excited to share a few chapters with you during the month of December. You can find the complete book at the links below or on any major audiobook platform. If you would like to make a year-end donation to Anabaptist Perspecti…
 
This is a sample chapter from David’s Bercot’s book In God We Don’t Trust. We helped produce the audiobook version, and are excited to share a few chapters with you during the month of December. You can find the complete book at the links below or on any major audiobook platform. If you would like to make a year-end donation to Anabaptist Perspecti…
 
This week our special Ask Anabaptist Anything Podcast (normally reserved for monthly partners) is available for all supporters and fans. Thanks so much for your interest and support for Anabaptist Perspectives! In this piece Reagan and Jaran give a brief update and explain why our financial partners are so important to the mission. We are excited t…
 
Biblically, stewardship includes our skills and social roles, not just our use of money. It is about the role we play in God’s household. Marlin Sommers, Kyle Stoltzfus, and Reagan Schrock discuss these concepts and how they can practically play out. Marlin shows us how being a manager in God’s household is much more involved than it is often given…
 
Why do we need so many Bible translations? How can we take advantage of this broad variety? Marlin Sommers, Kyle Stoltzfus, and Reagan Schrock discuss two essays about translations that Marlin wrote. Read the first essay: https://anabaptistperspectives.org/why-new-bible-translations-matter-an-example/ Read the second essay: https://anabaptistperspe…
 
What does the Bible mean when it uses the term “powers”? Can understanding powers and Anabaptist history help Anabaptists today understand themselves better? Marlin interviews Kyle Stoltzfus about his essay “Seeking Better Vision: Anabaptists, History, and the Powers” https://anabaptistperspectives.org/seeking-better-vision/. This is the 144th epis…
 
What kind of stories do displaced women have? How does abuse affect people? Kate works in Athens Greece with displaced woman who have experienced trauma and abuse. She shares about her work of bringing healing to these people. “The impact of trauma, he [Jesus] overcame when he resurrected that third day.” This is the 143rd episode of Anabaptist Per…
 
What should Anabaptists (and Protestants) learn from this scholar who stayed with the Catholic church? Why did Erasmus refuse to leave his church? Stephen Russell tells about the life, writings, and convictions of Desiderius Erasmus. “Looking at one man like this, Erasmus, who did not become a protestant and did not become an Anabaptist and yet gre…
 
Allen Roth tells about planting Followers of Jesus Mennonite Church. In 1986, Allen and Carolyn Roth moved to Brooklyn, New York to help plant a church. Allen also shares about the types of ministry that he has seen work well and those that have not. “Success is defined in people coming to Christ, in becoming committed members of the church, in rea…
 
How can you help someone who is new in your country to feel at home? What traits do Anabaptists specifically have that are attractive to foreigners? Ernest Eby shares stories and examples of ministry to the international scholars at Penn State University. “Before the world was created, God had appointed that the international people living close to…
 
What is success in teaching? “One [success] is that over time students become more like Jesus. On a more academic side, one of the things that I look for in my students is that over time they become better thinkers.” John Kuhns loves learning and strives to pass this to his students by teaching well. John is a teacher at Faith Builders Christian Sc…
 
Can owning a company help one serve God? How does a business develop a Kingdom focus? Verlon Miller describes what he has seen on the inside of Anabaptist businesses as a business advisor. Verlon has been blessed to see the generosity many business owners have. Find more information about Gehman Business Advisors: https://www.gehmanaccounting.com/g…
 
As a youth, Stephen Russell was politically active in the pro-life movement. As he grew in his understanding of life and Christ, he recognized that speaking to the heart was more effective than changing political policy. “If I impose a Christian morality on others, I haven’t really helped them move forward in their own lives.” Blinded By Might: htt…
 
I live in a country where voting is mandatory, is it okay to vote? What is the correct response to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions? Why don’t Anabaptists just call themselves “Early Church”? Today Jaran Miller, Reagan Schrock, and Marlin Sommers respond to three questions from our audience. Jaran, Reagan, and Marlin are all on the Anabaptist Per…
 
How can higher education strengthen one’s faith? What about going to college leads people away from Christ? Vince Beiler discusses how his education interacts with his faith. Vince asks, “[W]hen Christians who join academia become agnostic, is the problem with the Christian or with the organization they entered? This is the 135th episode of Anabapt…
 
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