Happy 122nd birthday today to Word&Way! We celebrated in the office with birthday cake ice cream from @centraldairyjc. #jcmo
I've enjoyed seeing some Reformation sites in #Zurich during #BWA18. In addition to places related to Huldrych Zwingli, I've particularly been moved by visiting places related to the start of the Anabaptist movement. . Photo 1 - Me with a statue of Zwingli (troublingly holding a Bible & a sword). I find it ironic that someone who tore down statues & other images from churches is honored with a statue outside a church. It's like they didn't even know him! . Photo 2 - The first baptism of the Anabaptist movement was likely held here in front of the home of Felix Manz. They revived the practice of believer's baptism after more than a millennium without recorded usage. . Photo 3 - This plaque, erected in 2004, notes the martyrdom of Manz & 5 other Anabaptists drowned here in the Limmat River. In the background, you can see Zwingli's church & the bridge where charges against Manz were read before he was bound & drowned between the bridge & this plaque.
I've enjoyed the opportunity to make some presentations this week at #BWA18. I'm thankful for the dialogue sparked by the sessions & hope I offered some meaningful ideas. . On Tuesday, I led the annual communications seminar. The topic was Social Media as the New Reformation Platform (top 2 photos by Brian Ford & Ferrell Foster). It seems to have sparked an increase in social media postings during the BWA gathering! . On Wednesday, I spoke in a session of the Commission on Christian Ethics on the topic of Communication, Ethics, & Evangelism. . On Thursday, I spoke in the meeting of the North American Baptist Fellowship on the topic of Renewal & Culture (bottom 2 photos by Starlette Thomas & Trisha Miller Manarin). . On Thursday, I also spoke in a session of the Commission on Ministry on the topic of Art & Science of the Creative Use of Digital & Print Media Ministry.
#BWA18 tonight featured a worship service at Grossmünster, the church where Huldrych Zwingli served as he launched the #Reformation in #Switzerland in 1520. Many of the early Anabaptist leaders came out of this congregation, though Zwingli led the persecution of those former friends/students. Tonight's service was organized by the Evangelical Reformed Church of the Canton of Zurich, Swiss Baptist Union, & @the_bwa. . In photo 1, light through a stained-glass window shines on the closest column as Baptists worship. In photo 2, we see 2 of the stained-glass windows during the service. For photo 3, I went upstairs, which helps shows the size of the church. Photo 4 shows the outside of the church.