Eastern Testimony

In the first years of the newly formed Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church, Aaron served as editor for their official publication, commonly referred to as The Testimony. During the five years while Aaron was the editor, the testimony went from 8 pages to 12 pages, most of which recorded the news of the fledgling conferring fellowship.

In these five years, Aaron wrote fifty editorials and articles. These are a lasting legacy that reflect how Aaron as well as the brothers who surrounded him met and overcame the challenges of their day. We can gain instruction and inspiration from their example.

In 1960 when the presidential race was between John F. Kennedy, a man of the Roman Catholic faith, and Richard M. Nixon, a man of the Quaker faith, a Mennonite brother (?) from Lancaster mailed a letter “to Mennonite leaders throughout the United States to urge support for Richard M. Nixon for the…
“Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to…
“Of the making of new Bible versions there seems to be no end.” According to “Dateline Tomorrow” in the January 1973 issue of The Christian Herald there is a new “Common Bible” version which was slated for publication in England in January, 1973. It is said to have unprecedented endorsement by…
“And why call ye me Lord, Lord and do not the things which I say?” (The Lord Jesus Christ). Already in Christ's time here on earth, and long before, and ever since there have been people who found some soul satisfaction and escapism from responsibility in a form of religion even if what they…
The term nonconformity is a Biblical term derived from the Scripture "be not conformed to this world" as found in Romans 12:2. The word conformed comes from the same Greek word that is translated "fashioning" in I Peter 1:14 where Peter tells Christians not to fashion themselves like they did when…
After leaving his oppressed brethren to suffer in Egypt for forty years, one day Moses led the flock of sheep he was shepherding across the desert to a secluded spot at the foot of the Mount of God, presumably for some uninterrupted communion with the Shepherd of his own soul. Forty years earlier…
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Jude 21-23. One of the most subtle areas of…
The sentiment against paying taxes that go for the government's armament program and war involvements is rapidly gaining momentum in the larger body of Mennonitism. Seminars are being held in different places and articles challenging the payment of war taxes are appearing in different church…
There have been so many articles on the current “Jesus Movement” appearing recently in both religious and news periodicals that one hesitates to add another one to the list. However, by special request and out of a deep concern for the deceptive and harmful effects some of these evaluations may…
LONG LOCKS and OPERATION SNIP-SNIP are two captions that appeared in the news lately. “Long Locks” appeared under the picture of Billy Graham which shows his hair brushing his shirt and coat collar. The information is given that the evangelist said in Springfield, Illinois lately that “he has heard…