28 responses to 6 Questions with a Lancaster County Amishman
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    Comment on 6 Questions with a Lancaster County Amishman (November 25th, 2008 at 08:04)

    Wow, that was great. Your blog provides the kind of information about the Amish I’ve always wanted. And this particular Q&A provided some of the best info!

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    Emma
    Comment on 6 Questions with a Lancaster County Amishman (November 25th, 2008 at 08:10)

    Ohhhh, this is a great post Eric! I love that sentence:”But on the other hand I cannot imagine being any happier than I am now”
    Thank you!

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    Angelle
    Comment on 6 Questions with a Lancaster County Amishman (November 25th, 2008 at 08:34)

    This writer put into words things I myself have felt as a person who straddles several cultures and languages (none of them Amish). The enjoyment of being who I am and belonging to my family, but appreciating and learning from others is one of the things I enjoy about this blog.

    I don’t think, though, that I could have put this into words so well as your writer. Among so many other things, clarity is also a gift his unique experiences and beliefs seem to have given him.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Emily
    Comment on 6 Questions with a Lancaster County Amishman (November 25th, 2008 at 11:12)

    This interview is fantastic! Very thoughtful and informative. Thanks for posting it.

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    Comment on 6 Questions with a Lancaster County Amishman (November 26th, 2008 at 09:04)

    INteresting interview. But I can see that this Amishman is a bit more educated and aware of world happenings than the average. I wonder how the response would be from the “average” Amishman”-i.e. who has no interaction with internet? And whose personal inclination is not towards it in any way?
    Just curious… I am sure each individual would have his own take.

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    Comment on 6 Questions with a Lancaster County Amishman (December 2nd, 2008 at 02:58)

    This is a fantastic interview, amazing in fact. A very articulate and educated individual was the subject of your interview. Very impressive indeed.

    I’d say your friend is probably a little more astute than many of the Amish that I have met, but then again he seems to be more astute than most of the non-Amish I have met as well!

    Thanks for the interesting read. I am anxiously awaiting the second part of the interview.

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    Comment on 6 Questions with a Lancaster County Amishman (December 2nd, 2008 at 03:06)

    Thanks for the wonderful comments, I am glad you all enjoyed this post. I appreciate that my friend has taken the time to offer these insights and I am looking forward to putting up the next part.

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    Comment on 6 Questions with a Lancaster County Amishman (March 22nd, 2009 at 08:43)

    Great idea! Here is a question:

    Recently there was a TV report on young Amish runaways. If a teenager has not yet been baptized, why would he/she feel the need to run away? Does the Amish church have discussions about runaways and how to reduce the number of these?

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    Marianne
    Comment on 6 Questions with a Lancaster County Amishman (February 19th, 2010 at 12:39)

    Question: Why don’t we ever see Amish men riding horseback? I always see them in their buggy.

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    Pamela
    Comment on 6 Questions with a Lancaster County Amishman (October 5th, 2010 at 17:36)

    Do the Amish ever teach non-Amish how to build homes?

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    Mary S.
    Comment on 6 Questions with a Lancaster County Amishman (January 23rd, 2011 at 23:56)

    The “anonymous Amish friend from Lancaster county” who answered so eloquently, as has been pointed out before, must be more learned than most other Amish I personally know, BUT it is quite refreshing to read his intelligent replies anyways. Also, he said what I hoped he would, that God and family and community are paramount in their lives. It would be interesting to have him explain how and where he got the insights he was able to give.

    Please Eric, could you make this a regular thing where us English could ask questions about the Amish of the Amish (maybe ask more than one Amish person if possible to get a broader view of what they think) PLEASE? I personally love the Amish so much, if it wasn’t a whole way of life I’ve thought many times, I would convert to Amish myself. I am after all the “unofficial ambassador” to the Amish, as my husband puts it.

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    Comment on 6 Questions with a Lancaster County Amishman (January 25th, 2011 at 19:47)

    Mary S, I appreciate it and glad you found it worthwhile. On your request feel free to submit a question; I don’t know if I can promise a response from an Amish friend but it would at least be a start.

    Also just noticed there are some questions on here I didn’t get a chance to reply to.

    Marianne-on the horseback riding question, I recently addressed this in a post: http://amishamerica.com/5-ways-amish-get-from-point-a-to-point-b-without-a-car-or-buggy/

    Pamela-on Amish teaching non-Amish how to build homes: I would say yes, but largely as employees of Amish contractors.

    Michael Esposito–on Amish runaways, the topic was addressed to a degree here: http://amishamerica.com/leaving-the-amish/

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    Bob Rosier
    Comment on 6 Questions with a Lancaster County Amishman (January 25th, 2011 at 22:46)

    Erik
    I really enjoyed the fantastic interview. You may now be bombarded with many questions. One good point that was made in the interview was how we can learn so much from one another.
    A few years ago we were at a Cracker Barrel in Lancaster, PA and we were seated next to a family of Mennonites. After chatting with them for a while, we were somewhat amazed when two young Amish were seated on our other side. I couldn’t help but say out loud “We have the Amish, the Mennonites and the Quakers all here together…we should have a meeting”

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    Comment on 6 Questions with a Lancaster County Amishman (January 26th, 2011 at 16:49)

    Bob-they had you surrounded :) Am glad you enjoyed the interview and will be glad to try to answer what questions I can.

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      Gloria
      Comment on Joining the Amish (January 25th, 2015 at 09:26)

      Joining the Amish

      Erik, great article. Very informative. I have been interested in joining/becoming Amish for a few years. I am a Christian and attend an Independent Fundamental Baptist church. I know I can live without most modern conveniences and could learn to live without the rest. I am very serious in this desire. How do I go about contacting an Amish community to begin a conversation on living with the Amish for a time to prove my earnestness to conform to the community and its expectations? I live in northern Florida and think the most practical Amish communities for me would be in Pennsylvania. Can you give me advice or connections? Thank you so much.

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    Evie D
    Comment on Where do I sign up? (May 27th, 2011 at 21:18)

    Where do I sign up?

    Hi Lancaster County Amishman!! I’m a widow with two young teens. I so want to have a sense of family and live a simple, Godly life. As of lately, I’ve had a great curiosity and interest in joining a community. How do I do that? Where do I start?

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    StefanC.
    Comment on why (July 12th, 2011 at 16:21)

    why

    the amish bishop tell so much lies to People about god whats not in the bible?

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    Teri
    Comment on 6 Questions with a Lancaster County Amishman (January 10th, 2012 at 09:53)

    Wow, what an interview! The ending was the best, I think its all summed up in The Hardest Part of being Amish, and If you weren’t Amish what would you miss. I think I was born into the wrong “world”.

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    Margaret
    Comment on 6 Questions with a Lancaster County Amishman (April 2nd, 2012 at 11:24)

    I was in Yoder, KS, this past weekend, and I felt so much more connected to what I experienced while there because of you, Erik, and the information you give us through your blog. While I grew up close to the Amish and Mennonite throughout the Hutchinson area, your sharing has made it all so much more alive for me.

    I loved this article very much. Thank you, Erik! You are a blessing!

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    Comment on Well Done (April 2nd, 2012 at 12:25)

    Well Done

    Well written, very informative (to myself – an Englisher) and much appreciated. Thank you.

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    Carolyn B
    Comment on 6 Questions with a Lancaster County Amishman (April 2nd, 2012 at 13:21)

    Loved what was said about not having a church building to support meant that the almsgiving went directly to the real needs in the community. That touched on a question I’d had and was previously answered with good insight by Debbie Wang in another post.
    Thanks for this repeat, Erik.

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    Jesus Freak
    Comment on Oh, dear... (August 1st, 2012 at 00:59)

    Oh, dear...

    I know that most people consider the Amish Christians, but they’re not. They are so close though! Their faith is actually a blend of Catholicism and Christianity. “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.” -Titus 3:5 NIV. They believe that their works, confessions, baptism, and prayers will get them into heaven. But it will not. Unless you have accepted Christ as your Savior and have repented, you are as lost as they.
    I am praying for you,
    Jesus Freak

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      Valerie
      Comment on Pray for "the Church" in America as well (August 1st, 2012 at 06:35)

      Pray for "the Church" in America as well

      Jesus Freak,
      Thank you for your prayers-pray as well for the church in America that does understand what you are saying but are not showing it in their/our lives by following Jesus when He said “If any man come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24)
      Having come to Christ during the Jesus movement in the 70’s and being called “Jesus Freak” myself in those days, I must say, that the church in America would do well to see how little we do follow the narrow way Jesus asks of us and abuse His grace. And non-conforming to the world? Do you really see Christians doing so today? Could the Lord be using Amish today to show us a thing or 2 about how we might apply scriptures to our day to day lives in what we justify as “not unlawful”?

      I’d also be careful about assuming anyone’s salvation or lack therof as your statement made-
      Pray for American Christianity to repent of lukewarmness-many denominations are splitting because of they are changing the Word of God-and allowing what God calls abominations.

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        Lattice
        Comment on 6 Questions with a Lancaster County Amishman (August 1st, 2012 at 11:27)

        Well said, Valerie. My “defensive” side wanted to kick in there, but you handled that eloquently.

        I would guess that there are at least as many (percentage, that is) true Christ followers (Christians) in the Amish Church as there are in the Catholic Church and Protestant Churches. Yes, many never seek a real relationship with Jesus and only go through the motions instead (just like all so called “Christians”). I do think, however, that the Amish have an advantage in that their Christianity permeates every aspect of their lives: home, work, and play. Other Christians have an easier time of turning it on and off, as they are not very often in the midst of their Christian brothers and sisters.

        My close Amish friends definitely desire a personal relationship with Christ, and believe that it is only by God’s Grace that we can have an eternal home with Him in Heaven, as all are sinners; However, they also believe that there will be a Judgement Day, and we will be held accountable for our sins. They do not claim to know for sure how all that will play out. They just try to trust God and to do His will on earth. It’s a good plan.

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    Jesus Freak
    Comment on 6 Questions with a Lancaster County Amishman (August 1st, 2012 at 11:12)

    I appreciate that. I didn’t mean to make a snap judgement. I’ve studied the ways of the Amish for as long as I can remember. I know the ‘Christian’ church is lukewarm and I want to cry when I think of how many people wear the title Christian like it was a T-shirt logo. But no one can change their hearts, only God. I have been praying for them despite the fact that I know things will get worse before they get better. Hope, Faith, and Love~1 Cor 13

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    Comment on Wanted to buy Amish foods bulk for resale in Ca. (September 2nd, 2014 at 06:57)

    Wanted to buy Amish foods bulk for resale in Ca.

    My Family just relocated to Northern Ca. from NJ. My children are the great Grandchildren of Mr.and Mrs.Luke Werner of Wernersville, Pa. My soon to be 40 yr old son would like to open an Amish Market here and sell your jarred products and more! We are into cooking and baking so, if we can get a store with a kitchen and oven we can make some of the, baked goods. Shoofly pies (wet bottom) were always big with my family. Mincemeat would be another one we could make. We’ve been making the BananaWalnut Bread and others forever! Anyway, we are wanting to start putting together sometime of bulk deal, to do this! Of course, we have to work as reasonable as possible as, we have to purchase bulk cases, package for shipping, then actual shipping of the product here and still make a profit. After we get some comparitable prices, we will make a trip back there to finalize the deal.

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    Stacy
    Comment on critical analysis and rational thinking (December 26th, 2014 at 20:20)

    critical analysis and rational thinking

    I think it’s wonderfully ironic that the interviewee says, “a typical Amish person doesn’t have a lot of formal training and is not really learned in critical analysis and rational thinking from a modern perspective,” and then goes on to deliver a remarkably rational and lucid answer to both questions that includes words like “osmosis,” and “plethora.”

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      Comment on 6 Questions with a Lancaster County Amishman (December 31st, 2014 at 11:56)

      The interviewee is a good friend of mine, and I would positively describe him, to say the least, as “bookish”. I’d agree the comment in this context is ironic, but not surprising, knowing who wrote this 😉

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