A scholarly journal published in the interest of the Church of the Brethren
Brethren Life & Thought is a joint publication of Bethany Theological Seminary and the Brethren Journal Association (BJA). The journal solicits thoughtful interpretive essays, scholarly articles, and short creative works, including poetry reflecting the faith, heritage, and practices of the Church of the Brethren and related movements.
Vol. 61 Supplement (Summer 2016) Brethren and Evangelicalism is an extra issue published in partnership with Bridgewater College. The issue features the papers from the 2015 Bridgewater Symposium, Brethren Evangelicalism in the Twenty-First Century. Authors include voices from the Mennonite Church; Church of the Brethren; Brethren Church; Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches; and Old German Baptist Brethren, New Conference. This issue was mailed to subscribers in late June. Single copies are available.
Coming this fall
Vol 61 No. 2 (Fall 2016) will focus on conflict transformation. An ecumenical array of writers will draw from scholarship and personal experience as they engage a wide range of views on the theory and practice of conflict transformation. Guest editor: Debbie Roberts, assistant professor of reconciliation studies at Bethany.
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Most Recent Past Issues
Vol. 61 No. 1 (Spring 2016): Continuing the celebration!
This issue is a collection of articles on topics including: current racism challenges, Revelation 17-18, mission and patronage, foot washing, and simplicity. Vol. 61 no 1 was mailed to subscribers in early May. Single copies are available.
In this issue we go Back to the Archives as a tribute to longtime Brethren Life & Thought book review editor and Church of the Brethren archivist Ken Shaffer. The articles discuss a variety of historical topics where research began or most certainly included a visit to an archive. There are also short reflections on Shaffer’s contributions among the Brethren and some of his original writing. Authors for the historical topics include:
- Kelley Brenneman: The Life of Andrew Cordier
- Denise D. Kettering-Lane: Anointing for Healing
- H. Kendall Rogers: Early Brethren and Celibacy in Marriage
- Dale R. Stoffer: John Kline and the 1861 Annual Meeting
- Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm and Carol A. Scheppard: John Kline Lectures
Vol. 60 no. 1 is our first issue in the series Celebrating 60 Years! In this issue we revisit some of our popular articles from the past and offer contemporary reflections on topics sue as women in ministry, the peace position, adult baptism, worship, and church leadership. Authors include John Ballinger, Christina Bucher, Dana Cassell, Samuel Funkhouser, Scott Holland, and Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm.
Vol. 59 No. 2 (Fall 2014)
Vol. 59 no. 2 is a themed issue inspired by a symposium held at Bridgewater College in 2013. The symposium brought together diverse voices to consider what the denomination might look like in twenty years. The articles in this issue by Ruthann Knechel Johansen, Brian Messler, David R. Miller, Julie M. Hostetter, and Mary Jo Flory-Steury were papers presented at that event. To those voices we added:
- an article on a multicultural vision for the church by Darla Deardorff;
- an article on church revitalization by Leah Hileman; and
- an article by Russell Haitch on the relationship of Christianity to culture through the lens of parenting.
This issue also features two essays that were entries in the 2013 Baker Peace Essay contest. One essay is by Kyle Riege, addressing the problem of bullying, and the other is by Aidan Ottoni-Wilhelm, on the challenges experienced by high school students trying to embrace peace. In addition to all this, we include the 2014 Bethany Theological Seminary commencement address by Chris Bowman, “God Ordained a Worm,” based on Jonah 4.
Vol. 59 No. 1 (Spring 2014)
This issue is the first issue compiled under the direction of editor, Denise Kettering-Lane. Vol. 59 no. 1 is an eclectic issue presenting articles on a variety of topics, a something-for-everyone kind of issue. Dale Stoffer tackles the topic of refellowshipped Brethren, focusing on two nineteenth-century Brethren groups, the Leedy Brethren and the Congregational Brethren. Diane Mason offers an overview of conscientious objection in the twentieth century, considering the different ways Brethren interpreted nonresistance and peace in the face of war. Raj Bhagat discusses the success of the Brethren mission to India. Dennis Webb, pastor of a multicultural congregation, offers a forward-looking discussion of multiculturalism from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Josh Brockway discusses spiritual gifts and the way that Brethren might discern these gifts within the life of the congregation. Stephen Thomas August exegetes John 21 in light of the notion of call and particularly highlights the difference between communal and individual call. The issue concludes with a reflection by Jeff Carter, president of Bethany Theological Seminary, on some interesting points of continuity between the mission of Bethany Theological Seminary and the work of John Kline.
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