October 1974 · Vol. 3 No. 3 · p. 230 

In This Issue

Delbert L. Wiens

Two articles in this issue have to do with our Mennonite Brethren history. A. E. Janzen tells the story of the Jacob P. Bekker manuscript dealing with the early years of the movement, a manuscript that has recently been published as Origin of the Mennonite Brethren Church. Wesley J. Prieb has contributed a meditation on our past that was stimulated by the Centennial celebrations in Kansas.

Both of these articles refer also to the future. The translation and publication of the Bekker manuscript was stimulated, at least in part, by the fear that our youth had no adequate material about our beginnings, and the Meditation lifts out lessons from the past that need to be applied to our future.

But what about our future? That question inevitably raises questions about the youth in the Church. The major article by Calvin Hagen will help many readers to understand better the transitions and revolutions that have marked the emergence of “modern youth”. All of the pressures he describes are present also among us, though they are not (not yet?) equally apparent in all our communities. John Regehr, in the Preaching Lab, goes on to raise the question of the way we “train up” our youth. He boldly puts forth biblical evidence that the “church” way we have gone about the Christian education of our youth may be fundamentally mistaken.

Since Direction first appeared, the editors have hoped that this periodical could be a forum for churchmen. In this issue we have inaugurated Reader Response, a section for readers who wish to respond in a letter to issues that have been raised. We continue to invite readers to submit longer essays.