Free Methodist – Brother or Mister?

by Bob Mitchell

When I was a little kid, my parents had to educate me because I called the guy who owned the hardware store “Brother Rosenrosser.” At age 3, I just thought that all men were supposed to be called Brother and all women Sister.


And then there was the really difficult question of, does the new person at church know the Lord? If they didn’t, they weren’t a brother, and how was I, at age 3, supposed to know if he was supposed to be called “Brother” or “Mister”? 

Given names

I think we started to use given names instead of “Brother or Sister” in the 70s and 80s.

by Bob Mitchell

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