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I will be meeting with the I=M conference on 9/28, 6:30pm about issues of faith. Pray Please
  John Egli -- huntdoc@kuntrynet.com
I live in: Wolcottville, In
Heard about you: Pastor
Date: Monday, September 27, 1999 at 21:19:46 (EDT)

Thanks Vernon! I've "bookmarked" it.
  Dale Peifer -- peifer@epix.net
I live in: Atglen, PA USA
Heard about you: Vernon Myers
Date: Sunday, September 19, 1999 at 21:10:07 (EDT)

Susan, I hope your parents will pass this message on to you. I grew up in Lanesboro and was part of a wonderful church--Evangelical Federated. I'm not sure if it even extists anymore. It's good to hear news from someone in Western MA.
  Shirley Kouns -- kounss@emu.edu
I live in: Harrisonburg, VA
Date: Friday, September 17, 1999 at 21:08:01 (EDT)

Wonderful things are happening here in Western MA - to God be the glory! Jesus is Lord.
  Susan Roussin -- none
I live in: Pittsfield, MA USA
Heard about you: on my parents computer
Date: Thursday, September 16, 1999 at 19:17:25 (EDT)

How predictable and ironic it is that those who seek to encourage the Mennonite Church to be true to its historic, biblical roots and confessional statements are accused of being divisive. I share with you and your readers these words of Wolfhart Pannenberg. "Whoever pressures the church to alter the normativeness of its teaching with regard to homosexuallity must be aware that that person promotes schism in the church. For a church that would permit itself to be pressured to no longer understand homosexual activity as a deviation from the biblical norm and to recognize homosexual partnerships alongside of mariage,such a church would no longer be based on the foundation of Scripture, but, rather, in opposition to its unanimous witness. A church that moves in such a direction would therefore have ceased being an evangelical church..."
God has called us to "contend earnestly" for the faith. Let us not be discouraged from doing so by those who accuse us of being divisive. We are facing the same kind of accusations here in the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference. Those of us who wish to stand on the solid foundation of Scripture must find a way to unite our voices and hold our conference and denominational leaders accountable to the confessional base which now exists in the church but is in serious danger of being lost. Is it not their advocacy of and tolernce for false teaching that is the true source of the division that now exists in our church?
Keep up the good work, Eric, and may God be with you and with the EAF.
  Brian D. Arbuckle -- barbuck@kuntrynet.com
I live in: Shipshewana, IN USA
Heard about you: Web Page
Date: Saturday, September 11, 1999 at 17:27:22 (EDT)

Eric, you were a college friend of my father's. My father is Howard Merrell. He is a pastor in Covington VA. He has said good things about you, and about your ministry. From the looks and sounds of your web page, you have a good thing going here. God Bless.
  chad merrell -- cjccmer@aol.com
I live in: massanutten, va
Heard about you: Phillip Kniss (emu instructor)
Date: Thursday, September 09, 1999 at 02:55:51 (EDT)

Your view of the relationship between evangelicalism and anabaptism are very intriguing; a relationship I think I agree with. But I want to know more. Please add me to your mailing list.
  Al Tizon -- tizonaj@msn.com
I live in: Berkeley, CA USA
Heard about you: Internet
Date: Thursday, September 02, 1999 at 20:05:30 (EDT)

How do I subscribe to your Publications?
  Mark Weaver -- WeaverRanch@Juno.com
I live in: Newton , KS
Date: Tuesday, August 31, 1999 at 15:39:54 (EDT)

The vote totals reported in my To The Point Article were taken from the Mennonite Weekly Review, July 29 issue, page 2. I stand by them.
  Eric Kouns -- eakouns@rica.net
I live in:
Date: Monday, August 30, 1999 at 20:57:05 (EDT)

I live in: LITITZ, PA USA
Heard about you: MENNOLINK
Date: Sunday, August 29, 1999 at 20:59:26 (EDT)

Great work! Keep it up!
  Tom Tarrants -- tat003@aol.com
I live in: Fairfax, VA USA
Heard about you: Eric Kouns
Date: Friday, August 27, 1999 at 17:28:07 (EDT)

I think you are an important voice in our Mennonite community.
  Russell Sawatsky -- resaw@gol.com
I live in: Kobe, Japan
Heard about you: MennoLink
Date: Thursday, August 26, 1999 at 18:49:04 (EDT)

Eric, despite all of your protestations over the years that EAF desires to bring together Evangelical and Anabaptist concerns, these latest comments, especially claiming that the views are mutually exclusive and calling for drastic solutions, ring with tones thatI have long suspected, that you are preparing to be in the forefront of dividing the Mennonite Church along theological lines. I find this to be the most troubling aspect of St. Louis.
  Paul D. Leichty -- pdl@cresources.org
I live in: Fort Wayne, IN USA
Heard about you: Many places
Date: Thursday, August 26, 1999 at 08:09:50 (EDT)

As a member of a congregation that is currently considering whether to continue denominational and conference membership, I appreciate Erik Kouns "The Heart of the Matter." It gave needed perspective.
  Chuck Baker -- bakercf@open.org
I live in: Salem, OR USA
Heard about you: EAF Newsletter - Spring 1999
Date: Wednesday, August 18, 1999 at 01:39:46 (EDT)

The time has come for those pastors and congregations who stand firmly on our historic confessional basis as anabaptist christians to unite our voices. We need to pull together in the name of Christ and say to our conference and denominatioinal leadership, "enough is enough!"
I am advocating the establishment of "The Healing Congregations Network." (HCN) Congregations in this network will take a position toward those who are homo-erotically tempted which is "accepting but not affirming." Such congregations will stand together and construct a pastoral ministry to those who consider themselves "homosexual" that is consistent with the confessional basis of our faith as Anabaptist-Mennonite Congregations. Such congregations will also stand together against the false teaching on this issue that is rampant in our churches and is the cause of much of the division in our Mennonite Church. Such a network of healing congregations will call on our conference and denominational structures to develop ministries and materials that enable churches and their leaders to minister pastorally to "homosexuals" in ways that are consistent with our confessional statements. We have grown weary in dialoging with those who seek to move the church off of its historic, scriptural confessional foundation. Their false doctrine has led to a kind of pastoral quackery that confirms people in their sin rather than leads them to the Great Physician who is the healer of their souls. The time for passivity and acqiesence is far past. Let's unite for the healing of our church. Join with us at Marion Mennonite Church as a congregation in the Healing Congregations Network (HCN).
  Brian D. Arbuckle -- barbuck@kuntrynet.com
I live in: Shipshewana, IN USA
Heard about you: I don't recall!
Date: Friday, August 13, 1999 at 20:19:36 (EDT)

I have a literature evangelism outreach to all kinds of people and use materials from: Bible Helps,Rod and Staff, Christian Light Pub. and 30 other evangelical tract societies and pamphlet publishers.
  Bro. G.M.Davis,Music City Tract Min.,Box 60098
I live in: Nashville, Tenn. 37206-0098
Heard about you: Exploring on my friend's computer.
Date: Thursday, August 12, 1999 at 19:36:42 (EDT)

Dear Eric,
Since resigning from Sonnenberg, Joyce and I are now residents of Iowa. I am now in the regular job force taking time off from Pastoral ministry. Keep the mailings coming. More than ever I am convinced of the importance of the work you and EAF are doing for the Mennonite Church. God bless, Dennis
  Dennis R. Kuhns -- djkuhns@lisco.com
I live in: Mt. Pleasant, IA USA
Heard about you: Am a member of EAF
Date: Tuesday, August 10, 1999 at 19:47:24 (EDT)

I have been looking for a group who strongly push evangelical ideas while at the same time not ignoring our scriptural understanding of discipleship. I think it is time to unite to promote faithfulness to Christ's principles as we understand them. Far too many of our leaders in the brotherhood have forgotten the spiritual side of Christ.
  Pastor David L Miller -- bigbear@nb.net
I live in: Duncansville, PA USA
Heard about you: Brethren Revival Fellowship web page
Date: Monday, August 02, 1999 at 18:51:35 (EDT)

how does one join
  KENT WHEELER -- lkw4405@feist.com
I live in: wichita, ks us
Heard about you: internet
Date: Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 16:20:31 (EDT)

I continue to appreciate the views expressed by EAF. The congregation which I pastor withdrew from the Mennonite Church (Illinois Conference)and joined the Evangelical Mennonite Church back in 1995.
  Rev. Neal Hauser -- DewMenn@aol.com
I live in: Dewey, IL US
Heard about you: Newsletter
Date: Wednesday, July 28, 1999 at 17:24:59 (EDT)

Greetings and salutations from the only Anabaptist congregation in Halifax, Nova Scotia... Halifax Bible Church...
  Brother Dave -- brethern@usa.net
I live in: Halifax, NS Canada
Heard about you: someone told me about this site
Date: Tuesday, July 27, 1999 at 15:30:31 (EDT)

Seems every denomination is dealing with the same social problems. Repentance never seems to be the answer, but rather "acceptance". Go figure.
  The Elsea Family -- Elsea@Raven-Villages.net
I live in: Augusta, WV US
Heard about you: recommended by correspondence rec'd almost a year ago from Max Zook of Locust Grove M.C.
Date: Saturday, July 24, 1999 at 15:11:16 (EDT)

As a long time supporter of the ministry of EAF and of your General Secretary, Rev. Eric A. Kouns in particular, I congratulate you on holding forth the Word of Truth. May God pour out His blessings on the ministry of EAF as you seek to ignite the flames of renewal in the hearts of Adabaptists everywhere.
  Dean K. Wilson -- DeanKWilso@aol.com
I live in: Windsor, CT U.S.
Heard about you: EAF Newsletter
Date: Thursday, July 22, 1999 at 10:18:37 (EDT)

I am new to the Mennonite Faith. I am struggling with a few issues, and reading this newsletter helps me in my daily walk with Christ.
Kelly Lynn Hunt
  Kelly Hunt -- muttleyhunt@yahoo.com
I live in: Grapevine, TX USA
Heard about you: The Seekers Refuge
Date: Friday, July 02, 1999 at 18:13:03 (EDT)

I am thankful for your prophetic Christian witness. I belong to a group which makes a similar witness in the Society of Friends. May you be faithful in bearing a living testimony for Christ!
  William F Rushby -- wfrushby@hotmail.com
I live in: Blue Grass, VA USA
Heard about you: Mark Roth's Anabaptist site
Date: Sunday, June 27, 1999 at 14:17:30 (EDT)

In a course long ago, entitled "Mennonite History and Thought," with Dr. Irvin Horst, the point was made that Anabaptists were Biblicists. Robert Gerhart's piece reinforces that to be sure.
  Eugene Witmer -- Eugene R @aol.com
I live in:
Date: Saturday, June 26, 1999 at 16:05:03 (EDT)

Appreciate your writings to stimulate full orbed consideration of biblical understandings on issues relevant to contemporary Anabaptists.
  Merv Birky -- mervbirky@pcisys.net
I live in: Colorado Springs, CO USA
Heard about you: Don't remember.
Date: Friday, May 14, 1999 at 17:15:32 (EDT)

From a brother in Christ not a Mennonite, but an admirer of your history and most of your theology, I beg you in Christ's name; do not compromise biblical truth. Continue to stand for the gospel. Do not dishonor your martyr's memories by condoning sexual abomination. I am also very sad that some of you are so ready to abandon clear scriptural teaching
  Ronald De La Vega -- cubachr1@aolhotmail.com
I live in: Miami, Fl. U.S.A.
Heard about you: Browsing
Date: Monday, May 10, 1999 at 10:22:21 (EDT)

Thanks, Roman, for your assessment of the scarcity of common ground. It is quite clear that this issue is one on which there is very little common ground. It will be interesting to see what the resolution will be. I fear it will not be pretty.
 Vernon Myers
I live in: Oxford, PA USA
Date: Monday, April 19, 1999 at 20:48:41 (EDT)

Thank you for your report on the Kansas City Consultation. I wanted to respond to Keith Schrag's comments about John Boswell's "landmark book." He didn't specify which of Boswell's books he was referring to. I would direct you and your readers to two reviews of Boswell's work.
Richard John Neuhaus comments on "Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality" in First Things 41 (March 94). Robin Darling Young reveiws his "Same-sex Unions in Premodern Europe" in First Things 47 (Nov-Dec 94). Both of these critiques point out that Boswell's "advocacy scholarship" is no threat to those who take a traditional position on the biblical texts dealing with homosexuality. Hopefully Schrag himself will take some time to read these and other reviews of Boswell's work.
 Brian Arbuckle -- barbuck@kuntrynet.com
I live in: Shipshewana, IN
Date: Thursday, April 15, 1999 at 16:58:28 (EDT)

Jesus lives. For many years we were with the Church of Scotland and in January we went to the local Baptist Church and felt the true meaning of the Gospels and the life of Christ. We are so happy and enjoy our worship in Christ. We will soon be Baptised and are going through lessons at the moment. We have always wanted to be Baptised ever since we became Christians 8 years ago, but in the C of S you can only be Baptised once, we wanted to be Baptised again now that we have found a life in Christ. It's great.
 Euan and Kipp Woodward -- euan@woodward.demon.co.uk
I live in: Edinburgh, Scotland
Heard about you: from our minister Ross
Date: Sunday, April 11, 1999 at 18:55:50 (EDT)

I invite you to visit our WEB site. There you will find over 80 articles presenting Bible views. Come and see what Mennonite once taught.
There you can learn also about books building a strong case for Biblical Christianity.
Grace and peace, Leland
 Leland Haines -- Haines@bibleviews.com
I live in: Northville, MI
Heard about you: One of your members left a note in my quest book.
Date: Thursday, April 01, 1999 at 15:30:23 (EST)

Dr. Roman Miller's "Scarcity of Common Ground" was particularly insightful...He hits the nail on the head when he says, "much of our confusion has resulted from elevating the theology of experience above the theology of the Bible. He speaks clearly from an historic Anabaptist position, in contrast to late 20th century Mennonitism.
 Eugene R. Witmer -- EugeneR@aol.com
I live in: Smoketown, PA USA
Heard about you: a board member
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 1999 at 14:40:27 (EST)

RE KC discussion--
I find your views refreshing in an age when we call sin "diversity"
 David Kaufman -- davyen@aol.com
I live in: Orrville, OH USA
Heard about you: MennoLink
Date: Sunday, March 21, 1999 at 17:34:24 (EST)

I'm interested in your view of the KC Consultation. I printed it but haven't had time to read it yet.
 Millie -- mylmy@juno.com
I live in: Goshen,
Heard about you: MennoLink
Date: Friday, March 19, 1999 at 12:10:31 (EST)

Interesting reading-hope to read more in the future-did not have time to read all at this time
 Kathy Good -- kgood21502@aol.com
I live in: H'burg, va 22802
Heard about you: mennolink
Date: Thursday, March 18, 1999 at 21:21:11 (EST)

"We fail to recognize that on the issue of homosexuality the Christian Church has had a united witness against the practice for 1900 years. Only in the recent 20 years has this issue become a point of dissension within the church."
Roman, that's not really accurate. There are indications that homosexual unions were blessed in the ancient church for centuries (see John Boswell's landmark book); that there was a gay couple who were cannonized in about 303 AD, known as a gay couple (Sts. Sergius and Bacchus), who served as patron saints of Byzantine armies for centuries. Much of this history, has not been commonly taught in our (heterosexist) history books.

Thanks for putting up this web page.
 Keith Schrag -- KeithGS@aol.com
I live in: Ames, IA USA
Heard about you: Your MennoLink post on the KC Consultation
Date: Thursday, March 18, 1999 at 21:12:32 (EST)

I am a born-again believer, who, unlike so many others that I meet in various situations, understands and realizes the depravity of man; and that my salvation comes only by the Grace of God through a Saving Faith in His Son Jesus Christ, my KING!I was scanning you site and just love to converse with others who know that they must depend only on Jesus for their salvation...Keep up your wonderful site!
In His Name,
 David O'Dowd -- pdo8936@AOL.com
I live in: Plano, TX USA
Heard about you: Surfing the web
Date: Sunday, March 07, 1999 at 19:51:19 (EST)

I really appreciate Barr's admonition on prosperity. I noted it today again with particular interest because of some struggles this evening with twinges of jealousy and covetousness. Thank you!
 Mark Roth -- mroth@anabaptists.org
I live in: Molalla, OR USA
Heard about you: Roman Miller
Date: Saturday, January 30, 1999 at 01:57:58 (EST)

Might it not be best, for true Anabaptists, to largely refrain from comment on the current Presidential & Impeachment situation. While we are commanded to pray for Govt Leaders, that includes both the President and Congress. I never expected any government to be, or act, Christian, nor to ever be a friend to grace. God can certainly overrule, where and when he chooses.
Political involvement and interest, is usually one of the first places, that Mennonites begin to break with traditional scriptural practice. Eventually we end up voting and becoming politically involved, to are spiritual loss.
 Robert -- rlouis@lycosmail.com
I live in:
Heard about you: Anabaptists.org
Date: Saturday, January 23, 1999 at 20:40:49 (EST)

We had heard about EAF in 1993 before leaving for service in Hong Kong under EMM. Since our return Vernon Myers has filled us in with some of the happenings and gave us past newsletters to read. We find them interesting and well done.
 Ike & Thelma Thomas -- tthomas@epix.net
I live in: Lancaster, PA USA
Heard about you: From Vernon & Becky Myers
Date: Wednesday, January 20, 1999 at 22:07:35 (EST)

nice site.
 D.Goodall -- rochy94@yahoo.com
I live in: MD
Heard about you: another anabaptist site
Date: Wednesday, January 20, 1999 at 13:23:24 (EST)

Vernon Myers' essay is right on target...reflects deep thought and insight. This is quite in sync with Bill Bennet's thesis in "The Death of Outrage."
 Eugene R. Witmer -- EugeneR@aol.com
I live in: Smoketown, PA USA
Heard about you: From Del Sauder, EAF boad member
Date: Wednesday, January 20, 1999 at 12:31:19 (EST)

Evangelical Anabaptists--I like it! Keep on keeping us thinking . . .
 Lavern Hershberger -- lavernrh@juno.com
I live in: Stuarts Draft, VA
Heard about you: Anabaptist-talk
Date: Tuesday, January 19, 1999 at 20:32:00 (EST)

Thanks Vernon for sharing your thoughts regarding the church's reaction to the Clinton situation. Your thoughts are stimulating; although I regret that they are necessary. I have taken a look around this web site and like it. I will be checking this site out in the future.
 Tim Rice -- timrice@erols.com
I live in: Perkasie, PA USA
Heard about you: via a MennoLink discussion group
Date: Tuesday, January 19, 1999 at 15:09:33 (EST)

Thanks Vernon for your insight.
 Nelson Bowman -- nbowman@iname.com
I live in: East Earl, PA USA
Heard about you: various
Date: Tuesday, January 19, 1999 at 12:20:27 (EST)

Right on. We dare not allow the standards that the President and his supporters use to be accepted in our thinking.
 herbert weaver -- hjweaver@westol.com
I live in: Scottdale, Pa.
Heard about you: Menno Link
Date: Tuesday, January 19, 1999 at 09:53:02 (EST)

I, too, enjoyed the "To The Point..." article. Thanks!
 Mark Roth -- mroth@anabaptists.org
I live in: Molalla, OR USA
Heard about you: Roman Miller
Date: Sunday, January 17, 1999 at 11:17:10 (EST)

I liked the article about Clinton's problems. It was very balanced.
 Steve Patches -- stevepatches@iname.com
I live in: Lancaster, PA
Heard about you: Anabaptists-Talk discussion group
Date: Sunday, January 17, 1999 at 10:42:31 (EST)

I find the newsletters interesting. I am one who fears the mingling of evangelicalism with Anabaptism. My experience with evangelicalism is "Cheap Grace" and mediocrity. My observations of historical anabaptism are costly discipleship and totality of commitment. I would like to see an article on how evangelicalism leads to discipleship and real change in a believer's activities and way of life.

But the issues you speak to need to be addressed in the Mennonite church.

I wonder how widely your ideas are recieved and represented in the church today?
 Wayne Chesley -- wchesley@ime.net
I live in: Durham, ME US
Heard about you: Roman Miller posted on "anabaptist-talk" news list
Date: Sunday, January 17, 1999 at 06:43:57 (EST)

Thanks for the opportunity to participate in the national debate on what is truth to live by.

It is amazing to see how this technology works.

Keep the faith.
 Vernon Myers -- bishopvern@juno.com
I live in: Oxford, PA USA
Date: Thursday, January 14, 1999 at 23:12:31 (EST)

1998 Guests

A friend just gave me you news letter today and I saw your web sight. I am from a GC church in Manitoba and am totally disalusioned with the conference of Mennonites. I am from a rural area, small church, with some considerable distance to travel to another evangelical church. I like a lot of things about the local fellowship but don't want to be associated anymore with the conference. I am at a turning point. Your organization may help me to hang on a little longer and do battle. I look forward to hearing more from you and another news letter. How can I be of help?
In Christ Ken Buhler
  Ken Buhler
I live in: Winnipegosis, MB. Canada
Heard about you: Friend told me about it

I have not looked around yet. I have a sample of your news letter and agree with it wholeheartedly. I have talked with Vernon Meyers before and think he is right on! I just don't get around to doing anything about it. Actually, I had thought I signed up to receive the newsletter but something must have gone ary becuase I never did. A friend gave me their copy.
  I live in: Downingtown, PA
Heard about you: Just surfing

Hi Eric! Found your sight from your latest newsletter. I liked the article you did in that newsletter. It followed a line of thought I had that since there is no coherent body of writting that constitutes Anabaptist thought as with Calvin or Luther, Anabaptism can be defined in almost any way a person wants, depending upon what yo select from the literature. Since most of the training of scholars and writers has been in the mainline universities and schools, the trend has been more liberal. The material selected to define Anabaptism has been what people are trained to see. Of course this same principle applies to us more moderates too. I don't despair, I believe we need to be seek first the Kingdom of God and then we will find true Anabaptism, but more importantly true biblical faith and life in Christ. God be with you.
I live in: Kidron, OH
Heard about you: Friend told me about it

Glad to see you on line.
  I live in: Gridley, IL
Heard about you: An Advertisement

I am very excited to see you on the web! I have been a fan for some time now. It is nice to be able to access old news letters and use them for reference. Thank you for taking the time to do this. May God fill your day!
  I live in: Lancaster, PA
Heard about you: Friend told me about it

I appreciate the newsletter. That's where I saw the web address and thought I would check it out.
  I live in: Leola, PA
Heard about you: Friend told me about it

Thanks for your newsletter.
  I live in: Laurel, MA
Heard about you: An Advertisement

Blessings to you all!
  I live in: Hatfield, PA
Heard about you: Friend told me about it

I am glad to see you now have a web site. I looked it up after getting your most recent newsletter. Good job.
  I live in: Sellersville, PA
Heard about you: An Advertisement

Looks great guys! Tom told me you had this up and running...nice to see it works. Keep up the God Work!
  I live in: Fort Wayne, IN
Heard about you: An Advertisement

Most documents I have read had the "fine print" at the bottom of the page but I noticed this one had it at the top. Couldn't you make it a bit larger? Thanks, Ike.
I live in: New Holland, PA
Heard about you: Just surfing

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