Vol. 60 No. 1 (Spring 2015)
Our series entitled Celebrating 60 Years! begins with this issue. We revisit some of our popular articles from the past and offer contemporary reflections on topics such 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)
This themed issue was 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 J. Hileman;
- an article by Russell Haitch on the relationship of Christianity to culture through the lens of parenting.
Also featured are two essays that were entries in the 2013 Baker Peace Essay contest. One 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 is the first issue compiled under the direction of editor Denise Kettering-Lane. It 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.