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She had a new love for her home church and liked the singing of old hymns a cappella, but she wished people would allow some guitar accompaniment, learn to compose some of their own songs, and be freer to worship God through the direct leading of the Holy Spirit. I asked Sally Mae whether the members of the congregation had discussed the girl's proposals. " I wondered how Sally Mae had answered the questionnaire item that asked whether the charismatic movement had benefited the Mennonite Church.

The EMC is the Mennonite group that has experienced the greatest accommodation to the American social and religious environment and has offered the fewest identity guidelines for coping with environmental influences. EMC roots were in the nineteenth-century Amish church. But after one generation following the original schism, when the EMC clung to nonconforming traditions more conservative than its Amish roots, it began to borrow church-work methods from American revivalism and fundamentalism. The EMCs' ethic was originally pacifist, as indicated by its original nameDefenseless Mennonite Churchbut today less than 20 percent of its members are pacifist by our indicator, and it ranks lowest of the five denominations on discipleship, pacifism, church discipline, church unity, and ethnicity.

Includes bibliographical references.  MennonitesDoctrines.  Brethren in Christ ChurchDoctrines.  Church and social problems Mennonites.  Church and social problemsBrethren in Christ Church.  Howard, 1919 Mennonite mosaic.  Title. 481984. A. , Wheaton, IL 60189; NEB from The New English Bible. © The Delegates of the Oxford University Press and the Syndics of the Cambridge University Press 1961, 1970. DOORS TO LOCK AND DOORS TO OPEN Copyright © 1993 by Herald Press, Scottdale, Pa. 15683 Published simultaneously in Canada by Herald Press, Waterloo, Ont.

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