In Part — the magazine of the Brethren in Christ Church in the U.S. — has kicked off a four-part series titled “We Believe,” focusing on the four theological traditions that have shaped and continue to shape the Brethren in Christ Church. The first installment in the series, the winter 2012 issue, focused on Anabaptism.
The latest installment, the spring 2013 issue, focuses on Pietism. Specifically, it details how (for the Brethren in Christ) Pietism represents “Jesus within us.” The issue tackles this theological tradition from a number of angles: historical, theological, pastoral/practical, and autobiographical.
Be sure to check out Zach Spidel’s moving piece on how he has experienced (and continues to experience!) God’s grace throughout his spiritual journey; Kim Forry’s inspiring essay on the connection between her disability and her faith commitment; and Deb Wiles’ deeply affecting tale of finding spiritual and emotional healing in the wake of an abusive childhood.
These remarkable stories dwarf (in every sense of the word) my own meager contribution to the issue: an article on the Brethren in Christ’s Church’s Pietist heritage, and the ways in which Pietism continues to inspire the Brethren in Christ today.
To read all the articles in the winter 2012 issue, click here.