Upcoming event -- Debate on "It's Just War: Should Christians Fight?" Friday, March 28, 2014 (7-9 pm)

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(Note that the debate is the first event of a full weekend. For the full schedule, click here.)
On Friday, March 28, we are sponsoring a debate on the question, "Should Christians Fight?" in historic Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston. There is no charge for admission. However you are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early in case seating reaches capacity; there will be no overflow room.
Speaking in favor of Christians engaging in just war will be:
  • Peter Kreeft (Ph.D. Fordham University) is professor of philosophy at Boston College. He is the author of over 67 books on philosophy, theology and Christian apologetics. A gifted thinker and speaker, he speaks at universities and churches all over the world. He draws inspiration from influential figures such as Socrates, Thomas Aquinas, and C. S. Lewis. His books include Making Sense Out of Suffering (Servant Books, 1986), Socrates Meets Jesus (InterVarsity Press, 1987), and a Handbook of Christian Apologetics (InterVarsity Press, 1994).
  • J. Daryl Charles (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) teaches in the Honors Program at Berry. He has written 14 books on ethics, Christian engagement in the public square, and just war. He is widely regarded as a leading authority on the Christian just war tradition. His books include Between Pacifism and Jihad (InterVarsity Press Academic, 2005),War, Peace, and Christianity (Crossway, 2010), The Just War Tradition (Intercollegiate Studies, 2012), and America's Wars (forthcoming).
Speaking against Christians in war will be:
  • David Bercot is an attorney (J.D., Baylor University), author, and speaker. He has numerous books on the subject of the early church, where he emphasizes the simplicity of biblical doctrine and early (pre-325 AD) Christian teaching over what he would call the complex and compromised body of theological understandings built up over the centuries that have come to be thought of as orthodoxy. His most well known books are Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up? (Scroll Publishing, 1989), and A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs (Hendrickson, 1998).
  • Dean Taylor and his wife Tania were both in the U. S. Army when they realized that, as committed Christians, they had to come to grip with Jesus' teachings in the Sermon on the Mount on loving one's enemies. They ultimately left the Army in a new and sincere quest for truth, determined to follow Jesus Christ under the banner "no compromise." Mr. Taylor is a widely sought speaker who regularly addresses the question, "What if Jesus really meant every word He said?" His best known book is A Change of Allegiance (Radical Reformation, 2008).
Faneuil Hall is a very short walk from the State Street or Government Center subway stops (blue line and green line, respectively). For more information, please write to:
If you would like to listen to the debate/panel live, you can call in on the conference line.
The primary call-in number is: 
(646) 307-1717Access Code When Prompted: 189-747-580
If the primary call-in phone line is filled, please try to dial in the overflow call-in number:
Overflow Call-in Number: 
(712) 432-0070Access Code When Prompted: 9991#

Saturday, March 29, 2014 (9-11 am): Brunch with David Bercot, discussion and fellowship session

This will be a time to meet David Bercot and have a time of lively discussion and fellowship. Please RSVP to Matthew Milioni in advance so that we can plan food appropriately. His email is: matthew.milioni@gmail.com. Location: First Baptist Church of Medford (29 Oakland St, Medford MA).

Saturday, March 29, 2014 (7:30-9 pm): The Gospel of Peace

Dean Taylor speaking on "What if Jesus really meant every word he said?" with special relevance to the Sermon on the Mount and nonresistance. Followed by Chuck Pike speaking on the history of nonresistance in the Churches of Christ. Location: First Parish Church (Whitcomb Hall), 50 Church Street, Waltham, MA.

Sunday, March 30, 2014 (9:30-12 pm) Christian history tour of Boston led by Finny Kuruvilla.

Meet above ground at the Park Street subway stop. A unique opportunity to learn what is omitted by most tour books. Come see the sites that shaped America's political history and religious history.

Sunday, March 30, 2014 (2:30-4 pm) Sunday gathering

David Bercot speaking on "The seven kinds of obedience." Location: Winchester High School gymnasium (Winchester, MA).

About the Followers of the Way

We affirm the historic tenets of the Christian faith (for example, as taught in the Apostles' Creed), but believe that many modern churches have departed from the one true faith by denying the gospel itself. The gospel at its essence is about a kingdom, that God's righteous kingdom has burst upon the earth through Jesus' incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection. King Jesus reigns over this kingdom, and calls us to renounce our prior allegiances and lay down everything to follow Him.
Bound to this kingdom is the expectation of obeying the King; flowing from the gospel is a royal summons. This summons goes beyond believing that Jesus exists or that He is God's Son. The summons is a call to lay down our lives and follow the King in all things. Yet in the face of earthly nations that wanted their allegiance, the church compromised around the time of the fourth century (particularly through Emperor Constantine) and dangerously fused to the state. At that time, the emphasis of the church turned to abstract mental doctrines, and away from obedience to the King. As Stuart Murray wrote, "In the Constantinian era..., the increasing distance between Jesus' lifestyle and that of many church leaders required a marginalization of Jesus' humanity. No longer was he the example whom Christians should imitate, at least as citizens. For state Christianity, Jesus of Nazareth was difficult to assimilate. He not only taught radical discipleship rather than patriotic citizenship, he was even executed by the state. Consequently, in the fourth century Jesus was recast as a celestial figure, his divinity was emphasized, and the dangerous memory of the Nazarene was allowed to fade."
For example, Jesus taught that we should love our enemies. The state teaches that we should fight our enemies. The apostolic and early church rejected the use of arms, and getting entangled in the affairs of other kingdoms. Yet the modern church embraces, even encourages, its members to participate in conflict. Being a follower of the Way means becoming a peacemaker, and never compromising Jesus' teachings.
In many other areas, the modern churches have departed from Jesus' simple and luminous teachings in favor of worldly compromise. Jesus forbade remarriage after divorce, yet the modern churches allow it. The New Testament commands separation in fashion and entertainment, yet today the boundaries between professing Christians and the the world are virtually non-existent. These facts are symptomatic of the general disregard for God's word and the "hermeneutic of convenience" that afflicts most modern churches today.
We are a group that emphasizes the Word of God and obedience to it. For the historically minded, you will find that our teachings are close to the ante-Nicene church, as well as the persecuted, suffering church throughout the ages (the Waldensians, the Lollards, and the early Anabaptists). But we point to Scripture rather than a church document for the source of our understanding. We believe in the power of the Spirit to overcome sin and to illuminate our minds and hearts. Trusting in the grace of God, and never in our works, we believe that Jesus will come again to deliver His people from this present evil age. We invite you to visit our gatherings and taste of the kingdom of God.


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