Baptist Catholicity: Thick Ecumenism

I’ll be honest, in the past, I’ve viewed most cross-denominational projects to simply be puppet efforts of the religious right. Think about it, what is the last multi-denominational project you remember? If you’re like me, it’s probably some pro life or “pro-values” conference that rallies around a thinly veiled goal to create more republican voters. Beyond anti abortion efforts, you …

Baptist Catholicity: Creative Retrieval of Tradition

… or so the slogan of a liberal mainline denomination goes. This particular mark is perhaps my favoriteidea in the Bapt-Catholic movement. As we reach back into the past, we are doing so with the hopes of creating something meaningful for the future. As this particular group of Baptists lost their spot in the most prominent protestant denomination in the …

Baptist Catholicity: Sacramental Theology

…it’s this. I disagree with viewing the ordinances as sacraments to begin with, but more importantly I disagree that learning from the authority of the Great Tradition necessarily requires Baptists to change a piece of our theology that we can trace to the early 1600s. A few weeks ago, I posed a question about sacramental theology on my Facebook. Should …

Baptist Catholicity: Community as a Locus of Authority

I was in a small town Southern Baptist Church, working with a congregation who had been through far too much pain, and kids who had been neglected as a result. Nobody had intended to let the students down, it was just that in the midst of a painful church split, death of a pastor, and fire through the church building, …