About the Blog

The Search for Piety and Obedience has moved. This material refers to the old version of the blog, hosted on this site from 2009-2015.

“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.