Need answers to some frequently asked questions about “the search for piety and obedience”? Look no further!
What is “the search for piety and obedience”?
“the search for piety and obedience” is a blog about all aspects of Brethren in Christ history and life — from theology and doctrine to lifestyle and practice. The blog features news, book reviews, essays, opinion pieces, photos, and other odds and ends culled from various BIC sources. It is written primarily by one author, but others are invited to contribute.
Why is it called “the search for piety and obedience”?
The title is an allusion to Carlton Wittlinger’s seminal history of the Brethren in Christ Church, Quest for Piety and Obedience, as well as a statement of intent. At this blog, my goal is to explore the history, theology, and identity of the Brethren in Christ — an evangelical Christian body with roots in the Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Holiness movements — and to engage with other scholars and writers studying the life and thought of this unique Protestant denomination.
Why does “the search for piety and obedience” even exist?
Good question. After all, plenty of opportunities for history-themed dialogue and discussion already exist: Brethren in Christ History and Life publishes three times a year; the Historical Society hosts annual gatherings; the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies coordinates a yearly study conference; the Equipping for Ministry program promotes historical consciousness through regular core courses on history and values. So why this blog?
For starters, “the search for piety and obedience” is a pet project — something that gives shape and substance to my own personal study of Brethren in Christ history. As a budding historian, I write this blog because I love this topic.
But in a less self-serving way, this blog seeks to facilitate dialogue between those interested in Brethren in Christ history. We do exist, and we’re increasingly using the Internet. So, why not take the conversation onto the web as well?
Can I comment on your blog?
Yes! In fact, I’m counting on it. Without your input, my words are just floating out there in that nebulous ether known as the Internet.
How do I comment on your blog?
Good question. Download a tutorial (in .pdf format).
Can I read old posts?
Certainly. Check out our archives.
Can I e-mail you?
Certainly. Got questions, concerns, blog ideas? Fire away.