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December 2011 Issue of Brethren in Christ History and Life

The December 2011 issue of Brethren in Christ History and Life is pretty fantastic — and I’m not just saying that because I have an article in it!

The issue is jam-packed with interesting and thought-provoking articles — four biographical/autobiographical pieces of various Brethren in Christ and Old Order River Brethren people, an article and a photo essay on the history of Messiah Village, a selection of poetry from a Brethren in Christ writer, a hefty batch of book and media reviews, and a scholarly article by yours truly.

Here’s the table of contents:

Between Legalism and Liberalism: The Brethren in Christ Construct a New (Evangelical) Identity

Devin Manzullo-Thomas

To Have a Home: The Beginning of Messiah Village

Ray M. Zercher

A Photo History of Messiah Village

Karin Bisbee

Experiments with Poetry

Thelma Book

The White Church on Buckeye: A Child’s View

H. Royce Saltzman

Journeying Together with a Faithful God

Anna-Ruth Ressler

From Ringgold Meetinghouse to General Church Office: A Memoir of Mentors

Raymond Donald Shafer

Myron & Lois Dietz: An Old Order River Brethren Couple

John Dietz

Among my favorite articles were Royce Saltzman’s autobiographical article about his childhood in Kansas, where he explores practices, rituals, and beliefs that set those attending “the white church on Buckeye” apart from the rest of the Abilene community. I also found Thelma Book’s poetry poignant, filled with beautiful images and profound moments of insight.

Readers: What were your favorite articles in this month’s issue?

3 responses to “December 2011 Issue of Brethren in Christ History and Life

  1. I always read every issue from cover to cover. Haven’t had access to this one yet, but I am looking forward to it. I know most of the authors, and know of the others. That makes it all the more interesting.

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