Mast to discuss True Evangelical Faith
Dr. Gerald J. Mast, professor of communication at Bluffton University, will present
the Colloquium, “Recovering True Evangelical Faith: How Menno Corrects the Anabaptist
Vision,” at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall.
During the presentation, Mast will tell two stories: 1) the story of early Anabaptist emergence in Europe beginning in 1525 with a focus on the course corrections Menno Simons made when he joined the movement in 1536, namely the practice of true penitence and a refutation of both revolutionary and dualistic Anabaptist beliefs; and 2) the story of the failures of the Anabaptist Vision as it was articulated in North America during the last half of the 20th century, as well as a suggestion that Menno’s course corrections in the 16th century can serve Anabaptist Christians well in the 21st century.
“Menno’s expression of ‘true evangelical faith’ as he called it, offers a whole gospel
perspective that speaks persuasively to the crisis of U.S. evangelicalism in our own
time,” explained Mast. “The political and pastoral theology of Menno Simons corrects
key failures of both Anabaptist peace churches and evangelical Protestant churches
in the U.S.”
This event is free and open to the public.