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Anabaptist Identity Conference, A Critique

Shipshewana, In, March 28 – 30, 2019 Steve Blackwell I was very excited to attend the AIC and that excitement was justified. As a rather recent convert to the Anabaptist doctrine and having spent a few days with the Hutterites in Minnesota my love for the people and their values remains untarnished. Because it was […]

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Practical Holiness

Is there such a thing as practical holiness? Is there a Biblical holiness that is actually displayed in the lives of Christians? Or, is the holiness mentioned in Scriptures only theoretical? Are Christians only to be concerned with knowing the fundamental principles of holiness and not the application and implementation of these principles? Holiness is […]

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The Christian as a Sign, of What?

These afterthoughts from the last article highlights the position of every Christian, but it is especially significant and important for the novice Christian because for him there is no marked separation from the world as there is for the professional Christian, the clergy. For the common Christian, there is no illusion on this subject because […]

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The Christian as a Sign In the World

It is clear that the Christian is in the world and that in the world he must remain like a uniformed soldier that is “on-duty” in a hostile land. When his job is done it will be God’s calling that will bring him home and not his own doing. Similarly, Christians are to return to, […]

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The Most Powerful Weapon on Earth

The most unpleasant, and I must say stupid situation, I have ever found myself in is to have ownership of the most powerful weapon ever, without much caring about it or concern for its use. I can not say I was ignorant of this weapon because it was everywhere portrayed, illustrated, and exemplified by eyewitness […]

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A Meditation on the Last Roll-Call

Nearing the end of a long threescore and ten, With all its chances, changes, losses, sorrows, and dangers, My parents’ deaths and brother too, the nonconformity of my life through, The many tearing passions of my mind, the war of ’68 and ‘9, As some old spent warrior, down a long, hot, lonely corridor, Reckoned […]

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The Standard and Rationale for Non-Resistance

Adapted from a book (Christian Non-Resistance) by Adin Ballou This is a reflection on the doctrine of non-resistance with respect to the underlying standard from which it proceeds, then on to the justification from which it originates, and then to the sub-principle of duty in which we understand the application. The Standard What is the […]

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Someday Soon

Someday soon I’ll walk this peaceful garden, Where showers come a refreshing mist. The animals will tread calmly beside me, God’s hand no longer to resist. His mood will be my temper, quiet without need, A presence close and serious, which the heart can only see. A nature that gives life, to all He aims […]

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Thinking of Christ

I am not a big fan of Christmas. I am sure that Christ does not recognize December 25th as His birthday, and for good reason, it was a date plucked from the air by those who were more politician than Christian. If it really were the birth date of Jesus and we were commanded by […]

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Risk!

Risk The truly free man lives a life of risk. He leaves his home armed only with truth and with no guarantees. Every day he is presented with newness and starts each sunrise at zero; no script or earthly armor and no dictates of tradition; he is a pilgrim and a stranger and draws others […]