The following is a sermon delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to his congregation in Montgomery, Alabama on November 4,1956. He imagines receiving an epistle from the Apostle Paul addressed to American Christians. It is utterly fascinating. Enjoy. I would like to share with you an imaginary letter from the pen of the […]Read more "Paul’s Letter to the American Church"
Throughout the spring I’ve plodding through The Ladder of Divine Ascent by John Climacus, a 7th Century monastic leader of the Eastern Church. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I simply trying to get out of my comfort zone a bit. Though its not accurate to say the book has been ignored in the West, […]Read more "Unexpected Springs from the Desert"
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 like to think I don’t just believe things because I grew up with them. I like to think I am clear thinking and will follow facts to their conclusions, however uncomfortable. For any low church, evangelical Baptist like myself, diving into church history can be a jarring experience. As we wade back through the years […]Read more "Wait . . .What? Baptist Dispatches From Deep In Church History, Part 2"