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Christopher Sauer Jr.

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dunkerguide-history-complete35/27/104:55 PMPage 331758-1808Christopher Sauer Jr.Faith under fire by Kenneth M. Shaffer Jr.Influential printer lost everything during the Revolutionary WarOn the night of May 24, 1778, Christopher Sauer Jr., a Brethren minister and printer, was forced from his home in Germantown, Pa., by a party of American soldiers. He was marched through cornfields and when he— being nearly 57 years old—could not keep up with the young soldiers in the dark, he was prodded in the back with bayonets.The next morning he was forced to remove all his clothes and given pants and a shirt that were so full of holes that they barely covered his body. Then his hair and beard were cut and he was painted red and black, the colors of the British, to show he was loyal to the king and a traitor to the American Revolution. NextSauer was forced to march barefoot to the American camp where he learned he was accused of being “an oppressor of the righteous and a spy.” With the help ofGen. Peter Muhlenberg, the son of a Lutheran pastor who knew Sauer, he was eventually released, but not permitted to return to his home in Germantown.

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Schwarzenau

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dunkerguide-history-complete35/27/104:55 PMPage 251708-1758SchwarzenauThen and now by Nevin DulabaumAs I leaned over, I dipped my hand into the cool, flowing waters of theEder River. Mist hung in the air that August morning, limiting visibility to about a quarter-mile as I turned around and looked toward the base of the hill that leads to the Hüttental (Valley of the Huts), site of Alexander andAnna Mack’s home in Schwarzenau, Germany. I imagined the Macks and six others—five men and three women—making their way down the hill, descending through the mist and continuing straight to the water.Standing by the Eder, one easily can imagine the first eight Brethren rebaptizing themselves in August 1708 in open defiance of the Catholic, Reformed, andLutheran churches. For although the world has changed in many ways since that year, in a way Schwarzenau feels as though little has changed.Sure, modernization has come to the town, but development and expansion on the village’s boundaries has been so slight that Schwarzenau is a living snapshot of the early 18th century. There aren’t developments that have consumed the ground where the first Brethren walked; there’s ground! The Eder continues to flow past open fields, and one can walk freely along the water’s edge.

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Jonah the Christian

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Chapter 8:Layout 15/21/101:19 PMPage 173Jonah the ChristianG r a y d o n F. S n y d e rIf you attend a worship service at any Christian church anywhere in the world, there’s a good chance you’ll see a cross displayed somewhere in a prominent place. Many probably assume the same was true for the first Christians. They might be surprised to discover, however, that the cross does not appear in Christian artwork for around four hundred years. And, they might be surprised to find out that the Jonah story appears far more frequently in earlyChristian art than the cross.So, why was the story of Jonah so important? In early Christian catacomb art no other picture appears as often as that of Jonah.Since no writing reflects what early Christians believed, we accept the art as an indication of what the average believer saw in the story of Jonah. We speak of this as the understanding of local people. For the most part it showed the Christian Jonah absorbed by a pagan society, but then regurgitated into a redeemed Christian existence.

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I.N.H. Beahm

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dunkerguide-history-complete35/27/104:56 PMPage 851908-1958I.N.H. Beahm‘Little Man’ with a big heart by Anna M. SpeicherIsaac Newton Harvey Beahm was born in 1859 at Good’s Mill, Va., nearBridgewater. He is probably best known today as the “Little Man” from theBrethren Press children’s story by Dorothy Brandt Davis. But I.N.H., or “BrotherBeahm,” as he was often called, is still remembered by an older generation as a minister, educator, and tireless Brethren evangelist.As a young man, I.N.H. worked as a farmhand, shoemaker, and wheelwright.Baptized in 1879, he was called to the ministry in 1881 and ordained as an elder in 1904. He enrolled at Bridgewater College in 1884 and was valedictorian of his graduating class in 1887. After a short stint as principal of schools in Bonsack,Va., he was called to join the faculty at Bridgewater in 1888. The teaching load was quite different then than it is today; in the two years he served at Bridgewater he taught nine subjects, including elocution, rhetoric, psychology, and arithmetic.

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Salvation

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A DUNKERG U I D E TOSalvationWe are justified by faithRomans 5:1-2; Ephesians 2:8-10Jay D. WeaverTChristians referred to themselves as people of “theWay” (Acts 9:2; 19:23). When Emperor Constantine legitimizedChristianity in AD 313 with the Edict of Milan, primitive Christianity faded into the background. The dividing line between the church and the empire became blurred. Beliefs were codified into various creeds—including theNicene Creed, which was first adopted in AD 325. It summarized very succinctly—“for us and our salvation”—the person and work of Jesus Christ. The meaning of salvation, however, has been debated ever since.There are differing interpretations of salvation among Christian denominations. Each of these traditions—from Lutheran to Baptist to RomanCatholic to Eastern Orthodox—emphasizes the salvation of the individual, particularly as it relates to an afterlife. They differ, however, in how they define the roles God and humans play in the drama of salvation.The concept of salvation is found throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, where the emphasis is usually on the salvation of the particular nation of Israel as God’s chosen people. However, in Isaiah 2:2, the prophet explores the future redemption of all nations of the earth. He writes, “In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it.”

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