Lloyd Pietersen's new book - the sixth in the 'After Christendom' series - Reading the Bible after Christendom will be published in 2010. Lloyd is delighted that well-respected Old Testament scholar, Walter Brueggemann, has written a foreword, commending this book very warmly. Here is an extract from the foreword:
Shalom is the Bible’s word for peace. Shalom is the hope of the prophets: enemies reconciled, injustices righted, hurts healed, fears calmed and communities prospering. God’s mission is to bring the whole of creation into harmony; peace with God, peace between the nations, peace with the created order. Followers of Jesus are invited to work with God in this peace-making mission to be ‘shalom activists’.
The Naked Anabaptist by Stuart Murray is a straightforward introduction to the Anabaptist tradition. Why are so many people today in Britain and Ireland intrigued by Anabaptism? What are the core convictions of the Anabaptist tradition? Who were the original Anabaptists?
The Manchester Anabaptist Study Group plans to meet at The Friends Meeting House, 91 Station Road, Cheadle Hulme at 7.30pm on the following Mondays in 2010: 25 Oct, 15 Nov, 13 Dec and in 2011 on 17 Jan, 21 Feb, 21 Mar, 18 Apr, 16 May, 20 Jun and 18 Jul.
We hope to read our way through Alan and Eleanor Kreider’s new book, Worship and Mission after Christendom (Paternoster Press, 2009).
We are delighted to welcome visitors and new members.
For further details contact Brian Haymes: firstname.lastname@example.org
A DVD presentation by Alan Kreider
The early church was growing rapidly. For three hundred years, despite discrimination and persecution, people took the risky step of being baptized and entering into the life of an exciting but despised religious minority. What was it that attracted people to become Christians? How did the Christians share their message with others? How did worship make Christianity attractive? Did the emergence of emperor Constantine I in the early fourth century change things?
A new initiative in South Africa is gathering people, churches and other Christian organizations into a web of mutually beneficial relationships. The Anabaptist Network in South Africa (ANiSA) seeks to apply the teachings, experiences and perspectives of Anabaptism to contemporary issues of Christian faith and practice in Southern Africa.