Some problems - Part 2 (....continued)
The term is used as an umbrella term to cover many groups. Unfortunately, this led to a talk that paints with an overly broad brush, while being overly colored by the speaker‚Äôs own bad experiences when applying its modern implications. The speaker would have been better served by interacting more with specific primary sources, and creating more separation amongst very disparate groups by doing so.
The speaker is a good orator and is engaging, but overall I would not recommend this talk to others as a good overview of the topic. There are certainly good parts, but enough conclusions that don‚Äôt match my own study in the primary sources and my own experiences give me pause. (And contrary to the speaker‚Äôs claim, I can point you to a number of good, completely orthodox theology books from a mennonite perspective! I recommend starting with Daniel Kauffman.)
Some Problems - Part 1 I am commenting on this message (and part 2) as a Reformed Baptist pastor who has a Mennonite background and has read significantly in the early anabaptists.
First, these messages are very colored by the speaker‚Äôs background in a very fringe, seemingly cult-like group that apparently classifies themselves as anabaptist. The experiences he describes are very different from anything I have seen in mennonite circles. His experiences are certainly his experiences, but be aware that they don‚Äôt in any way represent any type of ‚Äúnormal‚ÄĚ anabaptist experience.
Also, I wondered early in his first talk if he had been influenced by Jim Renihan in his views, as it seemed to be present. Lo and behold, a bit later in the talk he mentioned being in Renihan‚Äôs class. Accordingly, despite being presented at a conference on the history of the baptists, there is no mention of the influence of Menno Simon‚Äôs writings on the First London Confession. Renihan minimizes this connection, but as someone who has studied Simon‚Äôs writings, that influence is undeniably present and easily recognizable.
The ‚Äújunk drawer‚ÄĚ analogy on how the term anabaptist is used historically is a good one (and one I had never heard before, so I‚Äôm assuming it is original to the speaker). (continued....)
the rulers of this world love to shoot each other confirming hand signs and symbols on businesses, this is nothing more then Mr Ham showing his "friends" that he is still on board with the luciferian agenda ...
Maybe in the new year the women pastors on sermon audio can tell us about the biblical mandates concerning backbiting other believers...just my thought for a good Christmas sermon!!
Yeah..just a little bit. I'm a door to door sales rep for a fortune 50 company which will go unmentioned. When I was in Ma. I did the same job, and people woiuld slam the door,on me..they do it here too..except they do it with bible verses on their doors. Very interesting. And I REALLY miss good pizza and Chinese food!!
I'm from western mass. Just moved to Kentucky. I really miss New England a lot though and really would,love to go back and Lord willing do some street preaching and maybe help plant a church. I used to love going to Pawtucket Red Sox games at McCoy.
What a great opportunity to bring glory to Christ was totally wasted by this guy. He films himself for his own glory, doesn't even expose the hearts of men through exposure to gods law, doesn't give them the hope of the gospel. What a great waste. Kids...Santa doesn't exist!! That's great. How about this instead? James 1:17 every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift comes down from above, coming down from the father of,lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.... I really love open air preaching, but this is NOT open air preaching. This is bringing shame to the name of Jesus Christ. I say that on the authority of 1 Peter 3:15