Baptist Catholicity: Liturgy in Worship

…that I would love to take again. You see, at the time I was familiar with one particular style of worship, and I wasn’t particularly open to new thoughts. Worship at my church during that time looked something like this: There’s nothing wrong with this means of worship, and I suspect many Baptist churches would look something like this today. …

Baptist Catholicity: Creeds in Worship

Perhaps one of our most closely held beliefs as Baptists. No statement of faith can confine us, no “instrument of doctrinal accountability” can decide who we hire and who we work with. Why in the world would Baptists, of all people, be interested in using creeds in worship? If you remember your recent baptist history, creedal disagreements over the basic …

Baptist Catholicity: Tradition as Authority

is a sentence where the author declares something a “clear heresy”. I underlined the passage in frustrated anxiety and wrote in the margins “according to who?!” The book presented a variety of views on important issues in the faith, then would narrow down and exclude beliefs considered by that author to be heresy. I didn’t understand how someone could so …

Authority: Sacred Direction of a Diverse Body

If you take a look around most Baptist churches, and ask who is in charge, I would be willing to bet that most people would point you to the Senior Pastor. Baptist churches with elders or a particularly powerful Executive Pastor might give you some direction toward those figures. Perhaps you would get pointed towards an influential member or a …