The overall purpose of Brethren for Biblical Authority is to provide a networking opportunity for like-minded leaders & churches within the Church of the Brethren. The Theological viewpoint for "B4BA" can be seen on the Faith Statement & supporters tab above.

A B4BA goal is to move beyond the distractions & struggles of the denomination and THRIVE, in spite of what's happening in the COB.

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What I like about the COB (written right before the 2011 A.C.)

As we go into Annual Conference, I would like my parting post here on B4BA to be something upbeat. This is purely how I see things from a "big picture" point of view, way beyond our denomination. I tend to work & think about "The Church" as all of Christianity.

What I am about to type is speaking in generalities. I am sure some of you folks who are specialists in history etc. could offer quite a few "yes, but . . ." points to what I am saying.

But, in the day-to-day reality of life and ministry, I don't stop and ask myself, "What would A. Mack do?" As clich├ęd as it might sound, I ask, "What would Jesus do?"

When I look at our roots, I see a small group of people who were part of a reform or corrective movement in the overall "Church." What they brought to the Church was believer's baptism, taking communion much more seriously and accurately, and focusing on community as opposed to a "big machine" church model.

These were very valuable contributions and very compatible with current reform movements that are developing in Christianity, as people are desperately seeking community.

I do need to mention the down side of what usually happens when movements turn into denominations; they fixate and stagnate. So, what was a valuable contribution to the overall church becomes a stale tradition-based former movement, that isn't doing much moving.

Ok, back to the positive side of things. If we can somehow get back to looking at everything through the lens of Biblical authority, there is potential for us to contribute in a significant way to what is happening in Christianity. That's a big task, but we serve a big God. With Him, nothing is impossible if we submit to His authority.

Lessons Learned from the Progressives

After a few years on the sidelines, these are some things I learned:

1. Find out who are your like-minded friends & network.

2. Speak your beliefs clearly & persistently.

3. Identify who you are and what you stand for.

4. Don't go over the top with your rhetoric.

Therefore, if you are unhappy with this year's A.C. decision, one of the people you can thank for all of this is Bro. Earl Fike. His over the top message at the 2010 A.C. along with the rainbow reaction to it "woke the sleeping giant."

This blog, which is turning into a movement, and the Black & White scarves are a product of that wake up call.

A Freshman Experience at Juniata College

A couple from my church, who attended a recent hearing in our district, mentioned to me that there were "young people" in their group. These "young people" were articulating a strong "progressive" stance on the human sexuality issue. Juniata College was mentioned in that discussion. I acknowledge, that this is anecdotal.

The rest of this piece is not anecdotal. I sat down a while back with one of my daughter's close friends. The young lady that I spoke with is a current Juniata student. So, what I am reporting here is the first-hand experience of an incoming freshman at Juniata, last Fall.

My daughter's friend told me about her freshman English class. For the class, she was required to attend, along with all other freshmen, a "Tolerance Seminar" on GLBT issues. It was also mandatory that she write a paper on her experience in that seminar.

Beyond the academic side of this adventure, she was also given a "rainbow triangle" to display on her dorm door. When she refused to display the "rainbow triangle," she was confronted by an R.A., who told her that she "had" to place it on her door; so that GLBT students would know that her room was a "safe zone." She still refused to display the triangle, and fortunately the issue was dropped.

I know this young lady well. She is strong-willed and comes from a firm Evangelical Christian family. But, I must ask, what about all the other incoming freshmen? What about the many who are not strong-willed, and may not have a firm Biblical worldview?

This first-hand report gives me the feeling that somewhere in the Juniata system, there are individuals who are taking advantage of young impressionable students to further their progressive agenda, regarding human sexuality.

And this college is "affiliated" with our church?

Saturday, October 23, 2010 {original posting}