What is Eclectic Christian?
Welcome to Eclectic Christian. My name is Mike Bell. I work as an internet Web Developer, but I am also theologically trained.
I am active in my local church which I care about deeply, but I also believe that we can look beyond our own churches to learn from the wealth of different traditions that are represented in Christ’s Church. In short, I want to emphasize that which I find good about the way that others are seeking to follow Christ.
Sometimes though, to find the good, we have to ask hard questions. Why do we believe and act the way that we do as Christians? Are there issues that need to be addressed?
I also have an Economics and Statistics background, and if there is a new statistical study that is relevant to what is going on in the church today, I will try to present it in understandable terms. Most of all I will try to speak from my heart, of matters that are important to me. Perhaps they will be important to you as well too.
From time to time we will be publishing guest posts from others who have expressed a similar vision.
People like Joshua Hearne who notes that he is an Eclectic Christian as he is “not real caught up in the whole Baptist thing because [he is] far more interested in the whole Christian thing.”
People like Mitch Sylvia who writes: “We need to focus on what unites us as Christ’s body not on what divides us. Christ is glorified and honored when the members of His Church live in harmony and unity with each other.”
People like C. Michael Patton who states: “It is the person and work of Christ that is the center of Christianity. “Who do men say that I am?” is the most important theological question there is. If you get this wrong, all else will not only come undone, but it will be meaningless. If you get this right, there is a foundational unifying factor that we must recognize and in light of which all other issue must find their place.’
People like Michael Spencer who asks: “What if we recognized some churches feed the poor, or do liturgy, or preach faithfully or address the issue of race better than we do? And what if we weren’t afraid to point out those strengths? What if we sat down and learned from one another? What if we sent some of our people to the other church to listen, watch, worship, pray, work and learn? And then come back and share the gathered wealth? What if we embraced our brothers and sisters in Christ rather than in every point of doctrine? What if we confessed our common faith rather than constantly pointing out the deficiencies of the other tradition?”
We think it is going to be an exciting journey. Won’t you join us?
We invite you to leave a comment below if you feel that you are a like minded Eclectic Christian too.