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New World:

I once had a dream of a new world.

I saw a city like crystals, pearls and gold, full of light, guarded by angels of old. 

There was no night. 

The city was bright. 

A river of pure love flowed through. 

There was no death for me and you. 

No dying, no crying, no sinning. 

A place of no pain or sorrow. 

It is the world of tomorrow. 

~ DTH ~

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A Definition of Anabaptist

An Anabaptist is a type of Christian who normally traces the views they have to the “Radical Reformation” of the 16th century. The distinctives of such a movement are normally, but not solely, believers baptism, a nonviolent ethic, and separation of church and state. Being a Reformation group they also tend to believe in salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone. They endeavour to follow Jesus with a biblically-based life. Like Evangelicals and Charismatics they exist in many different denominations and also have movements or denominations directly birthed from them. 

‘What happened four hundred years ago? Well, whatever your views may be, you will have to admit that it was one of the most remarkable historical phenomena that has ever taken place. It is no exaggeration to say that the Protestant Reformation changed and turned the entire course of history, not only the history of the church but secular history too.’ 


‘[Christ] is everywhere, but he does not wish that you grope for him everywhere. Grope rather where the Word is, and there you will lay hold of him in the right way.’

– Martin Luther



“I am essential!”

The preacher roars in his hundred dollar suit. 

His hundreds strong holy huddle of pew warmers burst into an applause of rapture as they prepare for the second offering. 

The TV channel switches to pre-recorded “Tele-Evangelist mode”. 

The cheers echoe through the giant money making machine. 

Like an idol his image flashes across giant screens in the auditorium. 

As he speaks he suddenly remembers his brother across town.

In an old tin tabernacle the gentle shepherd speaks to his flock.

“I am not essential… Except the Lord builds the house the builders build in vain.”

He says this while ministering in a soup kitchen as he serves the needy.

Later that day he plans to do food drops and work in a care home.

At evening prayers his prayer would be as he helped refugees at the docks and prisoners in the cells. 

Then at night he would minister on the streets as a practical pastor to the needy and outcast. Each moment of his daily life he shares in word and deed the good news of Jesus. 

As the popular preacher thinks about his friend he pauses and bows his head muttering quietly:

“I am essential, right?”

He looks at his text for today and trembles a little:

“Is not this the fast that I choose:

to loose the bonds of wickedness,

to undo the straps of the yoke,

to let the oppressed go free,

and to break every yoke?

Is it not to share your bread with the hungry

and bring the homeless poor into your house;

when you see the naked, to cover him,

and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,

and your healing shall spring up speedily;

your righteousness shall go before you;

the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.

Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer;

you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’

(Is 58:6 – 9a)

In a strange moment of epiphany he realises he has done none of these things. He has not chosen the correct fast. The giant of a man shaking falls on his knees. With uncomfortable tears an unsettling silence falls over his audience. The show is over. He doesn’t hide behind the smoke machine, move the spot light, call the band on stage or even ask an elder to take over. The TV channel switches quickly to pre-recorded adverts asking for money to build a bigger auditorium and offers proverbial indulgences. Meanwhile he simply falls still. A long strange silence. 

Some time passes and he gently arises as if from the dead. 

“Today we must become His hands and feet in this world. Today we must become essential.”

From that moment on he follows the passage he had read to the letter. He gives the poor shepherd his suit, helps repair his brothers tin roof, and joins in the works of mercy he had so neglected. Some of his audience have merely been that and abandon him, while others join the essential work of seeing God’s kingdom come both in word and deed. 

When he asks his new lead Pastor at the tin tabernacle, who he fondly calls Shep now (short for shepherd) for advice the response is “Humbly take up the cross, put your hand to the plough, don’t look back, become what you use to call essential. Preach, use words when you have to. Be His hands and feet in this world, a hearer, teacher and doer of the word – now that is essentially what is essential.”

And that is essentially what he does. By God’s grace alone he has faith alone in Christ alone for God’s glory alone and becomes a doer of the word, a bearer of fruit. After all surely these are the essentials just as God is essential. 

He is essential. 


Cometh The Hour

Cometh the hour. 

Blow the trumpet. 

Send the beast back from whence it came.

Has the beast not had its fill? 

Consumer of souls, destroyer of worlds. 

Why must the beast have its day?

Send the beast back from whence it came. 

Turn back the tide, break the curse, free the world.

Blood and tears, weeping for the night, creation groans.

Calvary tree, earth shaking, stones roll, angels speak.



Dark night of the soul. 

Send the beast back from whence it came.

Has the beast not had its fill? 

Consumer of souls, destroyer of worlds. 

Why must the beast have its day?

Send the beast back from whence it came. 

Turn back the tide, break the curse, free the world.

Heavenly chariots, trumpet calls, angels sing, swords to plows.

Casting crowns, royal robes, outstretched hand, victory whispers. 

Be still. 

Cometh the hour.

True Evangelical Faith

17 injunctions for embodied faith by Menno Simons:

“True evangelical faith is of such a nature it cannot lie dormant, but spreads itself out in all kinds of righteousness and fruits of love;

it dies to flesh and blood (1);

it destroys all lusts and forbidden desires (2);

it seeks, serves and fears God in its inmost soul (3);

it clothes the naked (4);

it feeds the hungry (5);

it comforts the sorrowful (6);

it shelters the destitute (7);

it aids and consoles the sad (8);

it does good to those who do it harm (9);

it serves those that harm it (10);

it prays for those who persecute it (11);

it teaches, admonishes and judges us with the Word of the Lord (12);

it seeks those who are lost (13);

it binds up what is wounded (14);

it heals the sick (15);

it saves what is strong (sound) (16);

it becomes all things to all people (17).

The persecution, suffering and anguish that come to it for the sake of the Lord’s truth have become a glorious joy and comfort to it.”

What is an Evangelical?