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Hans Denck: Polarization, Pestilence, and Divine Love
Texts: Matthew 5:1-10; 1 John 4:7-8
Speaker: Joel Miller
January 21, 1525 – That’s the date most frequently cited as the beginning of the Anabaptist movement. That’s the day a group of mostly young dissidents met in a home in Zurich, Switzerland. It was a tumultuous time – religiously, politically, economically. After discussion and prayer, this small group decided this was the day each of them was going to be baptized – re-baptized. Their infant baptism had joined them to a church they could no longer claim as their own. It was their conviction that this second baptism, as free-willing adults, was a public statement of their commitment to follow the way of the gospel and to live out its economic, political, and religious implications.
That very same day, January 21, 1525, over 250 miles away in Nuremberg, Germany, a young headmaster at a...