BRETHREN HERITAGE CENTER428 N Wolf Creek St., Suite No. H1, Brookville, OH 45309-1297 BRETHREN HERITAGE CENTER
phone: 937-833-5222 email: Brethren Heritage Center
A research archive for church history and genealogy.
The Brethren Heritage Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving historical and current information concerning the various Brethren bodies which have a rich heritage dating to 1708 in Schwarzenau, Germany. Southwestern Ohio was chosen for the location of the center due to the large number of Brethren living in the Miami Valley Region. The Brethren bodies involved with the Brethren Heritage Center are: Church of the Brethren, Conservative Grace Brethren International, Dunkard Brethren, Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, German Baptist Brethren, Old Brethren, Old Brethren German Baptist, Old German Baptist Brethren, Old German Baptist Brethren-New Conference, Old Order German Baptist, The Brethren Church.
|UPCOMING EVENTS at BHC|
Behind Barbed Wire and High Fences by Helen Francis Buel Angeny; c.2012; 166 pgs.; $14.95.
A First-Class Fighting Man by Verne and Estelle Kessler; c.2013; 464 pgs., $27.50.
Transformed in His Presence: The Need for Prayer in Counseling by Roger Peugh and Tammy Schultz; c.2005; 136 pgs.; $10.00.
Antioch Revisted: Reuniting the Church with Her Mission by Tom Julien; c.2006; 119 pgs., $10.00.
ABS of Faith (accountability, Bible reading, scripture memorization) by Dan O’Deans; c.2008; 161 pgs., $13.00.
Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal by April Amosaki; c.2013; 189 pgs., $17.00.
An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor; c.2009; 215 pgs.; $15.00.
A Brethren Witness For the 21st Century: A search for Identity and Cultural Relevance by Brian H. Moore; c.2008; 136 pgs., $10.00.
The Three Princes: Lifting the Veil on the Unseen World by Tom Julien; c.2011; 190 pgs., $10.00.
Please Pass the Faith: the Art of Spiritual Grandparenting by Elsie H. R. Rempel; c.2012; 134 pgs., $13.00.
Blueprint for the Kingdom : The Purpose of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness by Lerry W. Fogle; c.2011; 205 pgs., $16.50.
Shine On: A story Bible by Rebecca Seiing and Rose Mary Stutzman; c.2014; 320 pgs., $24.99.
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Not all of us can handle stories about conditions in WWII Japanese concentration camps; and I would not recommend anyone under the age of twelve to read this book. Others of us will surely gain from learning some very important revelations about the War in the Pacific.
First, not all Japanese soldiers were cruel. Some guards went out of their way and at great risk to provide to the missionary detainees what very little they had themselves, to make life a little more pleasant. They loved children and would go out of their way to entertain them.
Second, missionaries were not soldiers, and therefore not on a priority list to be rescued. Still, they were held and tortured for information, and some did not survive. This group of five hundred were only found by accident in Manila.
Men and women were separated and husbands and wives could not touch each other. Food was weevil infested. Milk was made from soy. Albolene Face Cream made a great shortening for baking.
This book would gain much from some aggressive editing, but the message is still clear. As Helen says in this book,
“The insight and knowledge gained during our internment has given our lives the direction needed to better understand and accept ideas from other religion and races, and strive toward things better for the human condition in years to come. “Without vision, the people parish.” May this not be the fate of our human existence.” ($14.95)
The Barbara Royer book, A First Class Fighting Man, has finally arrived. This the story of Verne and Estella Kessler, Old German Baptist Brethren, and their struggle to survive after Verne was sentenced to twenty-five years at hard labor at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas for his conscientious objector beliefs during WWI. At the same time the world was dealing with the Spanish flu, which started in Kansas, nor far from Fort Riley where Verne had reported for duty. At Ft. Leavenworth, noncombatants faced influenza and diphtheria, solitary confinement, starvation, mistreatment and torture that sometimes resulted in death.
Barbara Royer based her book on Verne’s diary and letters written by Verne to his wife and others. She collected other diaries and books about WWI. She also used The Maurice Hess Collection, which is kept at the Brethren Heritage Center; Maurice Hess being a lifetime friend that he met at Ft. Riley.
In her introduction, Barbara Royer expresses her feelings with these words:
“ These poignant letters are shared as a testimony to the power of the Word of God to bless, sustain, and encourage; the blessing and priceless value of a Godly heritage; the love and support of husband and wife during a trial of forced separation; and the faith and courage to stand alone. The letters also show us God’s loving faithfulness of working all things together for good to those who love him. I hope that they also motivate us to hide God’s Word in our hearts and to be patient and cheerful in our trials.”
“Tammy Schultz and Roger Peigh write with w passion driven by a mission to beckon hurting people to crawl up into the lap of God. True healing, they remind us, ultimately results from encountering God. Today, everybody talks about “spirituality in Christian counseling.” Schultz and Peugh provide a Biblical, practicing pathway. They are passing on a legacy of prayer that helps caregivers to journey with the hurting “out of the valley of the shadow of death and into the warmth of a welcome where they are expected.” Robert W. Kellerman, Ph.D., Capital Bible Seminary.Shine On: A Story Bible by Rebecca Seiling and Rose Mary Stutzman; 319 pgs., $24.99.
“ In Spite of the fact that most church leaders see The Great Commission as the marching orders for the church, they treat it as one of their programs instead of the fundamental purpose of the church. Antioch Revisited will help your church become a base, not a basin; a sending agency rather that a collection agency.” David Mays, Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment.
“As a leader in a local church, Dan has aggressively engaged the work of finding strategies both to reach and to effectively develop the people he reaches, In this book, Dan presents the successful spiritual habits he used in his ministry. This book could be a great tool to help church leaders develop the people they are reaching.” Tim Boal, GO2 Church Planting.
These are spiritual exercises that guide us to find ways to pause, slow down, and get more enjoyment out of life and spiritual refreshment.
A New York Times bestseller, the author proposes that in life we meet up every day with simple things that can work as spiritual “altars”. If we learn to evaluate and appreciate these experiences and sometimes “act” as we are moved to, our spiritual life can be simplified.
“My purpose in writing is fourfold: to convince us more deeply of the truth that we Brethren have unique gifts to offer our culture; to help identify those gifts; to show how those gifts address conditions prevalent in our culture; to demonstrate how those gifts offer positive appeal to our culture.” Brian H. Moore
“The author has vividly and convincingly portrayed the world of three beings, Adam, Satan, and Christ, overarching from one end of eternity to the other. This is an overview of real human history, which has commonly overlooked, resulting in the great loss of spiritual realties. With this book thoughtful readers will be awakened and restored to the reality of the spirit world, which is so commonly ignored in the lives of many people im spite of the fact that the unseen world is more real than the visible world, The Three Princes will open the eyes of spiritually slumbering souls and cause them to rise above the one-dimensional world, comprehending the spiritual realities and the road map pf our spiritual journey.” Dr. Sang-Bok David Kim, Torch Trinity Graduate School of Theology.
“Elsie Rempel applies her zest, experience, and creativity as she weaves together the gifts and need of children and seniors. Both generations have a higher calling to be the church together. We recommend this book as an instrument in revitalizing the health of both family and church.” Robert J. and Irene Suderman, Mennonite Church Canada.
Based primarily in the book of Exodus where we find much of the tabernacle story, supplemented by the beautiful epistle written to the Hebrew Christians found in the New Testament, this book offers further teaching about the meaning of the tabernacle and temple which has been formulated down through the centuries by those inspired by God’s spirit…..The story of the tabernacle and the temple is a fascinating one because it involves you and me… . I trust that you will see the Hebrew tabernacle and temple of the Old Covenant in a new light and be energized by what it teaches about the kingdom life in the New Covenant”. Lerry Fogle.
A wonderful chronological history of the community called Winona Lake and the people who moved through it. Starting with the early settlers and Native Americans we are brought to the present times, having learned the community’s significance in religious history. “ This is a tale of past glories and current restoration”.
One of the best publications for children that has come out of Brethren Press in many years. A gorgeously illustrated book of Bible Stories from the Old and New Testaments.” Each story is accompanied with questions, prayers, or activities that encourage spiritual practices and invite readers t wonder and reflect, connect the story to their own lives, and further explore the story’ meaning”.(The authors)
updated 5/11/2015 leh