LETTERS FROM READERS
Readers' Response from the Year 2000
I am asking that you please send the BRF Witness
to a friend of mine listed below, and would you send five extra
copies each month so that I can pass these out at my church? God bless
you all at Brethren Revival Fellowship.
I have read the list of ten
books that have been so helpful in your life. Would you be so kind
as to provide information about where I could purchase two of them--"How
to Prepare Sermons" by William Evans, and "Facing Death" by Billy Graham?
I read with interest your article
in the last BRF Witness. I was struck by your comments on
the "Breaking of Bread" section. There is surely evidence for a more than
twice yearly observance of the Lord's Supper (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians
11:26). In the early church, evidence points to a weekly observance of
the Lord's Supper. For the past 15-20 years I have been trying to understand
why we Brethren have been so reluctant to have more than two love feasts
a year, when the evidence suggests it should be observed more often.
Please send me a listing of the literature and topics
that you publish. Also, please send more information about your organization.
I am already receiving one copy of the BRF Witness
but I am wondering if you could send 5-10 copies of the issue that
tells what BRF is and what BRF does.
I could also use anything in writing that talks about BRF views on homosexuality.
Please keep our congregation in your prayers.
From North Carolina:
We really appreciated the "Righteousness
and Judgement: A Sermon by Elder John Kline." Our hope is that as Christians,
we can hold on to God's truth and walk in this world as witnesses to the
saving grace of Jesus Christ.
It is 10:54 PM, and I have just finished reading your
thoughts in the BRF Witness, the issue on "Spirituality:
God's 2000 Year Old Formula." I was so uplifted and encouraged that
I wanted to respond in writing by saying Thank You for the article. I found
your thoughts precise and the writing to be very clear. The article was
timely and poignant as well. I recently had a conversation with a long-standing
pastor of a CoB congregation. He expressed to me his adamant belief that
Christ was not actually God while he was in the flesh. When I disagreed
with him, he said I needed to study Scripture more and perhaps I would
see the light. I am not seeking to lash out or use harshness, but our people
should not be subjected to such falsehood.
The saddest thing I have experienced in my ministry is
coming to the conclusion that most CoB congregations do not believe in
the inerrant Scriptures. Christ and His Word are no longer the center of
our church. Then they wonder why the church is crumbling around them, and
will not look at the sand they are standing on. From the material on your
web site I know we differ on many things dealing with style, music, and
method, but the thing that matters to me is that you see the Scriptures
as authoritative and central.
We are ordering 40 copies of New
Testament Beliefs and Practices: A Brethren Understanding.
We are giving a copy to the interested members of our church family. We
have found the book to be very informative.
Thanks for your efforts--past, present, and future-in
helping our Lord to bring positive change in the Church of the Brethren.
We hope change will come that will enable us to once again be the church
that God wants us to be~live and living out His desires for us.
Please do not send any more copies of the BRF Witness.
I always place them in our church in plain view, but our members do not
pick them up, so it is just waste. I don't understand why, because the
topics are eye-catching. Thanks for all the years you have been sending
Just a quick note to say thanks for the Love
Feast article. We are planning Sunday's sermon to focus on the Love
Feast. Then on Saturday we will hold the first full Love Feast our congregation
has shared in many years. We especially appreciate the self-examination
Meeting you back some years ago was a watershed experience
for us. Brethren Revival Fellowship is the main reason we (being at that
time new to the Church of the Brethren) remained within the denomination.
Had it not been for BRF we would have had great difficulty continuing to
minister in a denomination that had, for the most part, abandoned its biblical
heritage and its Christ centered foundation.
The Brethren Alive 2000 Conference was quite a drink
for thirsty souls. Our son and daughter both spontaneously commented that
the preaching was so much different from that to which they had become
accustomed--and in such a positive way. We support and give thanks for
the efforts of what we know as BRF.
I would like to receive the BRF Witness
pamphlets. Our church receives them, but there are not enough at times.
I appreciate the Scriptural input and interpretations. We here respect
your work, and hope that someday you will be able to begin more activity
in our area. There are many who have not bowed the knee to Baal.