By Eberhard Arnold, Woodcrest Service Committee
For a concise, readable advent to the writings of a guy who, in his look for Christ, spent his lifestyles turning traditional Christianity on its head, this can be a strong position to begin. Eberhard Arnold (1883-1935) is comparatively unknown this day, but in his major his influence used to be felt by way of thousands, and his life's paintings bears fruit this day as few lives have.
In 1920, venturing into an unknown destiny -- and leaving wealth, defense, and a public conversing occupation -- he moved together with his spouse Emmy from Berlin to a tiny village, the place they based a small neighborhood at the foundation of early church practices as defined within the ebook of Acts.
Contains a biographical cartoon, decisions from his most crucial works, and short memoirs via associates and colleagues.
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We had celebrated Whitsun many times in the course of our lives. But that we should ever celebrate it with such ardor as we did during the Whitsuntide conference of Schluchterner (as the Neuwerk group was called from the name of the place where it met)—that was some thing we would never have believed possible. We realized that our Christianity was nothing compared with that of the primitive Church. What we all felt, Eberhard Arnold put into practice, giving up his secure position in Berlin to create a focal point of brotherly life with communal property at the little farm at Sannerz.
On one occasion, a young man sat beside me when I was at Sannerz. I sensed his depression and asked Eberhard Arnold what was the matter with him. ” After wards, I read this young man’s entry in the guest book: I came as happy Johnny And left as sorry John. I hope he thought it over! Another time we were waited on at table by “Karlchen,” an elderly man. He wore a white apron with a cook’s cap on his head—a curiously refined service considering that the food was only stew in a bowl dished out with a tin spoon.
You are no “poor soul” in timid anguish. When I think of you, you are present, close to me, because we are not just you and I; no, we are alive from one Spirit, even if we may call Him by different names. You know, “In my Fathers’ house are many rooms” (John 14:2), but it is only one Father and only one house. So now we are together again, my dear, at Sannerz, on the Bruderhof in the Rhön, in my study on the banks of the Neckar. Together we look at the world, at the people around us and at what urges or hinders them.