Sword and Trumpet, The
The Sword and Trumpet, a 24-page (plus cover) 8 x 11 quarterly published by a group of interested Mennonites (Mennonite Church) in Virginia (largely Denbigh, Fentress, and Harrisonburg), first issue January 1929. It announced itself on the masthead as "Devoted to the Defense of a Full Gospel, With Especial Emphasis upon Neglected Truths, and to an Active Opposition of the Various Forms of Error that Contribute to the Religious Drift of the Times," and described itself as "a faith-defending drift-opposing religious quarterly, published under the sanction of the Virginia Conference, . . . intended to supplement every other loyal paper in the Church and supplant none, ... to be an unmistakable and uncompromising expression of Mennonite Conservatism." Its founder and editor-in-chief until his death in 1938 was Bishop George R. Brunk of Denbigh, with Ernest G. Gehman of Harrisonburg as office editor, and J. L. Stauffer of Harrisonburg as associate editor from January 1934. Upon Brunk's death publication ceased. It was revived in smaller format (6x9), at first 50 pages, then 40 pages, in October 1943, with J. Irvin Lehman as editor (to 1953) and George R. Brunk, Jr., as associate editor. J. Ward Shank has served as editor since January 1954. Ernest G. Gehman has continued without interruption as office editor.
The character of the journal, as stamped upon it by its first editor, has been generally well maintained, although some of its earlier polemic character has been softened. Its chief concerns have been to resist Calvinism (eternal security), Modernism, and popular Fundamentalism, and to support a strong conservative position in church teaching, practice, and discipline. Its circulation in 1959 was circa 2,000.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 677. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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