Celebrating recent Anabaptist-Mennonite publishing

Celebrating recent Anabaptist-Mennonite publishing May 2, 2019

This past Wednesday, the Institute of Mennonite Studies where I work hosted our annual publication celebration in conjunction with the dean’s office of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. As part of our celebration, I researched the history of the event, going back 37 years to its genesis with then-director and AMBS New Testament professor Willard Swartley, and tracing its development through recently retired IMS director, Mary Schertz, and my immediate predecessor as managing editor, Barbara Nelson Gingerich.

Barbara Nelson Gingerich, Mary Schertz, Willard Swartley, David Cramer (credit: Annette Brill Bergstresser)

Each year for the celebration, IMS creates a bibliography of faculty, staff, and student publications. Over the years, this bibliography has grown to over 100 pages, including seven pages just this year. (These will be uploaded to the IMS page shortly.) You can read my history of this celebration and the bibliography, Celebration, at “Remembering 37 years of AMBS book celebrations.”

In the meantime, I’ll highlight two publications that just came out (and are both available for free online!).

Vision 20, no. 1 (Spring 2019)

Vision 20.1 (Spring 2019): “Be not afraid”

Vision is a semi-annual journal for church and theology, jointly published by Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and Canadian Mennonite University and primarily written by and for members of the Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada. In this issue, on the topic “Be not afraid,” Canadian Mennonite University philosophy instructor Justin Neufeld assembled novelists, academics, pastors, missionaries, seminarians, and more to reflect on fear and how it can be confronted and even overcome through the gospel. You can now read the entire issue online.

Anabaptist Witness 6, no. 1 (April 2019)

Anabaptist Witness 6.1 (April 2019): Mission in Conflict Zones

Anabaptist Witness is a semi-annual journal jointly published by Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Mennonite Central Committee (US and Canada), Mennonite Church Canada, and Mennonite Mission Network. The editor, my AMBS colleague Jamie Pitts, writes about the latest issue on “Mission in Conflict Zones”:

Anabaptists around the world are engaged in costly mission in conflict zones. Some of these Anabaptists face the threat of death, kidnapping, and rape. The articles in this issue of Anabaptist Witness show that many living and working in conflict zones find Anabaptist and Mennonite theology a helpful aide to their understanding and practice of Christian mission—and, furthermore, that Anabaptist and Mennonite theology is changing in response to the realities of mission in these contexts. Articles treat mission in Yemen, Syria, the West Bank, Ukraine, Nigeria, South Africa, Colombia, and Chile.

You can now read this entire issue online too!

About David C. Cramer
David C. Cramer is teaching pastor at Keller Park Church in South Bend, Indiana, and managing editor at the Institute of Mennonite Studies at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. You can read more about the author here.

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