By Ervin R. Stutzman,Sara Wenger Shenk
This publication invitations congregations to profit communal kinds of biblical interpretation in which to enforce practices of discernment to steer us via today’s tough moral and theological riddles.
“How well timed it really is within the hurly burly fractiousness of our instances for Ervin Stutzman . . . to raise up the center perform of discernment for all to contemplate afresh.”—Sara Wenger Shenk, President, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, within the Foreword
Excerpts from the Responses Chapter:
“Stutzman proposes that the modern church, confronted with tricky judgements approximately ethical and useful concerns, can research from the lengthy culture of communal discernment and biblical interpretation that is going hand-in-hand with the Anabaptist knowing of the congregation as a voluntary group of believers. . . .” —Sally Weaver Glick, writer, In song with God: The artwork of Congregational Discernment
“Every group of religion has to combat the knowledge and alertness of biblical interpretation for faithfulness within the current second. Ervin Stutzman is envisioning an elevated position of congregational discernment as one of many instruments of trustworthy hermeneutics within the Anabaptist culture. He explicates the position and complexities of workforce discernment good and gives a wealthy treasure trove of insights and information.” —Jan wooden, writer (with Lon Fendall and Bruce Bishop) of working towards Discernment jointly: discovering God’s manner ahead in determination Making
"While the Constantinian version of Christianity calls for an assembled hierarchy and sameness of trust and perform, the early church and the Anabaptist move either embraced neighborhood expressions and variety of perform. real discernment sooner or later would require not just the theology and instruments that Stutzman conscientiously develops but in addition an organization rejection of Constantinian types of monolithic decision-making." —David Brubaker, affiliate Professor of Organizational reports on the middle for Justice and Peacebuilding, jap Mennonite University