Anabaptists, the Bible and Unity

The Holy BibleThe Old Fool foolishly did not seek college or seminary training in his youth, but in my 87th year I attended a lecture in the Sermon on the Mount Chapel of the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. (To take a visual tour of the chapel click here.)   After the lecture I asked President Sara Wenger Shenk if I could register as a seminary student.  She told me that the registration office was open!

I recall that I watched  the provost of Eastern Mennonite University grow through his adolesence in Florida, and the publisher of my books is the dean of Eastern Mennonite Seminary.  So, if I had a daughter living in Park View, Va., I would probably try to enroll in that seminary. If I had studied in seminary as a youthful student, I’m sure I would have been changed and much of my past which I treasure would have changed also.  Oh well!  So much for impossible dreams.

Greg Boyd delivered the lecture I listened to at AMBS and he is returning in 2015 for a lecture on the renewal of the Anabaptist Movement 

bible_open_newSara Wenger Shenk posted on her blog a piece from Dr. Jewel Gingerich Longenecker, associate dean for leadership education and director of the Anabaptist Mennonite Bible Seminary’s Church Leadership Center. Shenk notes that Longenecker’s recent presentations to the Constituency Leaders Council of Mennonite Church USA received widespread and heartfelt appreciation.  Here is a link to those presentations.

The fact that the constituency leadership council is pondering the possibility that the Bible can unite us fascinates the Old Fool.  While I think it improbable, I remain an optimistic possibilitarian.  My favorite Old Testament verses were spoken by Job while sitting on the ash heap true lightscraping the puss from the boils on his skin.  My favorite New Testament verse is from a letter supposedly written by the disciple whom Jesus loved.

This short post took so long to write because I’ve been reading the posts linked to above. I recommend them for reading and pondering.

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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