It’s time to wrap up this subject. I’m tired of writing about it and you are tired of reading about it. But before we move on, I want to spend a moment reflecting on what I appreciate about the modern day iteration of the ancient Western Church, i.e. Roman Catholicism. I thought it only appropriate […]Read more "Repost of “Roman Catholicism – An Appreciation” by Michael Spencer"
This is Part 5 of this series. I’ve been looking at church history and exploring the reasons I am a Baptist despite the fact there were no Baptists prior to the early 17th Century. Here is Part 1. Issue 5: If evangelical Protestantism is true, how could an illiterate peasant in rural, 8th Century France […]Read more "Wait . . . What? Baptist Dispatches From Church History, Part 5"
If you are new to this series of posts, I’m walking through the tensions I discovered between my modern day, evangelical Baptist faith and my study of the church early in Christian history. How does a Baptist respond? How do we answer a Catholic or Orthodox Christian who insists their respective church body is in […]Read more "Wait . . . What? Baptist Dispatches From Deep In Church History, Part 4"
Parts 1 and 2 of this series can be found here and here. We’ve been looking at problems with Baptist theology from a historical standpoint. This Part 3. Let’s dive in: Issue 3: How can every Christian be expected to interpret the Bible for themselves? It takes years to learn even the basics of biblical […]Read more "Wait . . .What? Baptist Dispatches From Deep In Church History, Part 3"
I’ve recently done some reading on Catholicism. I don’t really know why. I am a lifelong Baptist and happy to stay that way. I think it all started with a couple of church history courses in my Master’s program. The great church fathers so many of us evangelicals love to quote, I was startled to […]Read more "How Sin Keeps Me A Baptist"
Evangelicals and Roman Catholics have, in recent years, become contemporaries, allies even in what is viewed as a broader struggle against an increasingly hostile cultural mainstream. It should not go unsaid this is a drastic change from the vast majority of American history. Early on, Catholics were viewed as standing for everything Americans resented and […]Read more "The Other Christian America: Catholics, Evangelicals, and Politics Through the Ages"