Amish Beliefs

Amish Cook: Giving Thanks

With an eye to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, Amish Cook Gloria Yoder devotes this week’s column to the idea of giving thanks. An excerpt: No human being (or at least not me) is naturally filled with thankfulness. There’s a person I know who has gone through more pain than any human could ever tell and more surgeries than I can count, and that individual is…

3 Reasons Why Amish Don’t Want You To Join Them

3 Reasons Why Amish Don’t Want You To Join Them

In this video I explain why Amish don’t want – or maybe the better word is “need” – outsiders to join them. The Amish are not a group which seeks converts. That said, some churches are more seeker-friendly. For anyone considering joining the Amish, it’s always good to know what you are getting into. Most people who express that interest (online at least) are not…

Are the Amish “born again”? (Video)

Are the Amish “born again”? (Video)

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” ~John 3:3 (KJV) This question has come up a lot over the years and has been addressed here before (see this post from 11 years ago titled Are Swartzentruber Amish “saved”?), so I did a video on it as well….

The “Secret” To Well-behaved Amish Children

The “Secret” To Well-behaved Amish Children

If you’ve spent a little time in an Amish home or around Amish families, you may have noticed the children and their behavior. Many people comment that Amish children are – generally – especially well-behaved (at least in public or in the presence of non-Amish). I’d say that is generally the case as well. I’ve seen it from two angles. First, as someone visiting Amish…

The Amish & Humility (Podcast)

The Amish & Humility (Podcast)

After a little hiatus, I’ve still got a couple more podcasts from Donald Kraybill’s “What I Learned From The Amish” series to share with you. In this eighth episode, he explores that characteristic trait espoused (and generally demonstrated) by Amish, humility. He starts with an example of why Amish don’t seek media attention – at least not the type that exalts the individual. He looks…

How Do Amish Celebrate Christmas?

How Do Amish Celebrate Christmas?

In this new video I share 5 ways Amish celebrate Christmas (based on Rebecca Miller’s guest post of several years ago), plus additional Amish Christmas-related observations and info, including from my recent trip to Amish in Kentucky and Ohio. I also discuss an additional holiday related to Christmas which you may or may not have heard of, and which many Amish observe. Merry Christmas, I…

Nickel Mines & Amish Forgiveness. 15 Years Later (Video)

Nickel Mines & Amish Forgiveness. 15 Years Later (Video)

It was 15 years ago – October 2, 2006 – that the school shooting at the West Nickel Mines School took place. I made a video looking back at that day, but especially focusing on what came afterwards – the forgiveness shown by the Amish. The forgiveness story went around the world, covered in media far and wide. In the book Amish Grace: How Forgiveness…

Amish Friendships & Separation From The World (Video)

Amish Friendships & Separation From The World (Video)

In this video I talk about Amish friendships and the idea of “separation from the world”. What’s the Biblical basis of this idea and what does it translate into in practice? Do Amish people have non-Amish friendships? Can you attend Amish church service as a non-Amish person? I also share a couple of photos from the market stand of my friends the Riehl family. I…

Gloria Yoder: Why Am I Amish?

Gloria Yoder writes an introspective Amish Cook column this week, on why she is Amish. As she often does, Gloria first notes that there are many different types of Amish people and that she can only speak for her community (Gloria belongs to a New Order Amish church). She then explains: Of the thousands of denominations out there, there is no other I’d rather spend…

A Short Film on Former Amish Convert – Now “Amish Atheist” – Kenneth Copp

A Short Film on Former Amish Convert – Now “Amish Atheist” – Kenneth Copp

“Amish Atheist” certainly feels like an oxymoron. That’s what I thought when first hearing about the turn in Kenneth Copp’s life in a story four years ago. Copp originally appeared on this site even earlier than that, when he was still with the Amish and living in the Unity, Maine community. In 2013 one of our readers contributed a guest post on Unity, much of…