Category Archives: 2012 AIC Pennsylvania

Posts regarding the Anabaptist Identity Conference held in Pennsylvania in October 2012.

Warning: An Honest Assessment

Session #14 on Sunday, October 28, 2012

Bro. Dean Taylor of Mountain Lake, MN

Some of the things I will be talking about tonight are not very flattering in our Anabaptist history. …..I would like to look at some of these things in history, and some of them in recent history like the 1950s and 60s; and then I would like for us, instead of patting ourselves on the back and saying “them”…, I would like for us to look at ourselves. Because it is my belief that we are repeating a lot of the same patterns.

Servant Leadership

Session #13 on Sunday, October 28, 2012

Bro. Leonard Martin of Bethel, PA

Our churches need leaders; we need leaders. I think it’s lacking men who can lead. Men who have authority. Men who have backbone. Men with a vision. Men who can exhort and rebuke with all long-suffering and doctrine. And the only way we can do this effectively, is to follow the pattern of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is laid out in Scripture.

Communities That Fail/Thrive

Session #12 on Sunday, October 28, 2012

Bro. Chester Weaver of LaGrange, IN

What I have to share…. is not so much doctrinal teaching, but a story; various stories. …I will attempt to showcase, in a big picture way, various communities that have both failed in some cases and thrived in other cases. And I’m not going to limit myself just to the Anabaptist story.

Past 50 Years: Impact On The Family

Session #11 on Sunday, October 28, 2012

Bro. Frank Reed of Manheim, PA

Well, my responsibility is to talk about the factors that have influenced the family over the last number of years, so I want to talk about some of things. Some general things that have affected the family; one is mobility.

An Anabaptist Concept of the Holy Spirit

Session #10 on Sunday, October 28, 2012

Bro. John D Martin of Chambersburg, PA

This is a very important subject because at various times in our history, people have grabbed a hold of concepts of God’s work in their life that have basically not turned out what they thought it was going to be.

Swiss Brethern vs. Dutch Mennonite Concepts of the Church

Session #9 on Sunday, October 28, 2012

Bro. Chester Weaver of Lagrange, IN

Excellent beginnings are common in the story about mankind. But what about the 2nd and the 3rd generation? Or the 5th or 12th or the 20th generations? Can excellence be perpetuated? Can an ideal be realized generation after generation? How does human fallibility and weakness affect the Gospel ideal?

Youth Forum

Session #8 on Saturday, October 27, 2012

Bro. Glendon Strickler of PA

The Scripture, especially if you go to Acts; there is lots of dissension, there is lots of discussion. And so, church is about working out messy, difficult things. And if we teach our youth that any time we disagree it’s a problem, we are teaching them something that’s not true. We need to disagree. It’s how we disagree that’s the issue.

“Bearing Witness” Announcement

Session #7 on Saturday, October 27, 2012

Bro. John D Roth of Goshen, IN

The project that I would like to at least test or propose, is one that has emerged in the last year or so. It’s tricky to know how to talk about a project involving the Martyrs Mirror, recognizing that I’m from one group. And so I want to make this project as open to council as broad as I can find.

Autopsy Of A Dead Church

Session #6 on Saturday, October 27, 2012

Bro. Finny Kuruvilla of Boston, MA

So in the opening chapters of the book of Revelation, Jesus undertakes the task of evaluating His churches by having the apostle John deliver letters to these 7 churches. …And interestingly, only 2 out of the 7 churches receive a good report from get a good report from Jesus. 5 out of the 7 are rebuked in varying ways, which is pretty amazing considering the fact that the apostles had been among those churches not too long before these letters were written.