How Are We Doing?

question-markThe Search for Piety and Obedience has now been up and running for almost five years — thanks, in large part, to the support of readers like you! When I started the blog back in 2009, I whipped up a short statement to give some meaning to the endeavor. Now, I’m wondering how well I’m doing at this stated mission — and whether the wording could use some tweaking.

After the break: A review of what we say we’ve been doing, and an opportunity for you to weigh in on how we’ve been doing.

Here’s The Search for Piety and Obedience‘s purpose statement, in full:

“The Search for Piety and Obedience” isn’t as sanctimonious as it sounds. (At least, I hope not.) Rather, it’s an allusion to a formational text, and 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 traditions. As the title of their seminal history contends, the Brethren in Christ have long embodied a “quest for piety and obedience,” and this blog seeks to discover how that group has succeeded—and failed—in that pursuit.

This blog also serves as a forum in which other scholars and writers studying this unique Protestant denomination can engage in constructive dialogue about Brethren in Christ history and life.

A look at the numbers can give some indication at how well we’ve “explored the history, theology, and identity of the Brethren in Christ.” Of our total 492 posts since 2009, 141 have focused on “History” or “Church History”, 76 have focused on “Theology”, and 67 have focused on “Missions.” 85 have examined Anabaptism; 77 have considered American Evangelicalism; 48 have explored Wesleyan Holiness/Wesleyanism; and 42 have concentrated on Pietism.

Other major topics/subjects covered include Messiah College (67), Peace (40), Milestones (38), Education (32), Nonresistance (32), and Nonconformity (27).

Readers have offered 691 comments on one or more of our 492 posts.

But the stats alone don’t answer the question: “How are we doing?”

So, I’m turning to you, valued readers. How well are we doing here at The Search for Piety and Obedience? Are you satisfied by the variety of posts? By the variety of subjects covered? What would you like to see more of? Less of? Do you enjoy our Photo Friday posts? Would you like to see our Three BIC Books… series revisited? What new kinds of posts should we start?

Please offer feedback in the comments section below!


About Devin Manzullo-Thomas

Father to Lucas. Husband to Katie. Prof and administrator at Messiah College. PhD student at Temple University. Member of Grantham BIC.
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4 Responses to How Are We Doing?

  1. artbucher says:

    The history pieces that you write about are excellent. Besides that, I particularly enjoy reading examples of BIC recent or current events, especially ways that BIC churches are engaging in social justice in the present day.

  2. Photo friday is my favorite- it would be cool to see less old photos too- like from the 90s (that’s history, right?)

    If you gave us cliff notes for the three books that would be awesome

    Thanks for working at this

  3. Dorothy Gish says:


    I appreciate the balance your blogs evidence. Although I find it hard to know where you get the time to do this blog, I’d say “Keep up the good work.”

  4. Devin Manzullo-Thomas says:

    Thanks Art, Ben, and Dorothy! These comments are helpful and much appreciated.

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