In honor of all of my Anabaptist friends at Messiah College and elsewhere, I want to remind the readers of The Way of Improvement Leads Home that today is Menno Simons day.
Who is Menno Simons? Over at The Search for Piety and Obedience, Devin Manzullo-Thomas explains:
Menno Simons, the sixteenth-century Anabaptist leader whose followers eventually became known as Mennonites, died on this day in 1561.
According to church historians, Simons’ greatest achievement came when he “assumed the responsibilities of leadership at the crucial moment of the movement when it was in danger of losing its original identity under the influence of chiliastic and revolutionary leaders who succeeded in winning large followings. He maintained original peaceful Biblical Anabaptist concepts and won many who had been in danger of being swallowed up by the Münsterites.”
To learn more about Simons and the early Anabaptist movement, check out this video. (Gotta love the Masterpiece Theater music — so not Anabaptist.)
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