Bishop Gafkjen’s February Newsletter

In his fascinating book, The Patient Ferment of the Church, the late Mennonite theologian Alan Kreider (who taught at the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, IN) digs deeply into the life, theology, and practices of the church in the Roman Empire of the second and third centuries after the death and resurrection of Jesus to find clues as to why the church grew in times of significant challenge. Near the very center of the church’s teaching and practice of that time Kreider was surprised to discover patience.

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