Feb 9, 2009
Joshua Hearne is the author of Telling the stories that matter (TTSTM), an amazing blog that each day is updated with a new story of Christians who have gone before us. These are stories of great faith, and great courage, and are a tremendous source of encouragement for those seeking to live out the Christian Faith.
We are privileged at Eclectic Christian, for Joshua to post his favorite stories here once a month. Once you have read through those, I encourage you to go to his own site, Telling the stories that matter, to discover the wonderful stories and wealth of information that he has compiled on our Christian spiritual ancestors.
May 13, 2008
A recent post on a catholic site asked how Baptists would define heresy. I thought I would take a crack at responding. Here are my thoughts on the issue.
Although the Baptist cry is “sola scriptura” (the bible only), the fact remains that many Baptists are interested in the Church Fathers because they have an interest in what the church looked like in the early days.
Historically, because of persecution, there has been a distrust of the state sponsored church, so when a Baptist looks at the early church, the role of the emperor Constantine appears to be a dividing line for what they will accept as uncorrupted theology.
So for a Baptist, scripture plus the first 300 years of the church largely defines what we have in common with other types of churches. What the church believed is summarized by the Apostles creed and the Nicene creed (both the 325 and 381 versions), all of which I have heard recited in Baptist, or baptistic churches. Read the rest of this entry »