What are we to do with the Baptist?

  For reasons that I hope will be clear shortly, I have titled my words as “What are we to do with the Baptist?”  John the Baptist, that is. Having been at it for a while, I can say that preaching in the church is both the easiest and most difficult thing I’ve done.   … [Read more...]

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From the early days of the Restoration Movement, Churches of Christ and Christian Churches distinguished themselves from their near neighbors on the American frontier with a noticeably robust ecclesiology, reflected in, among other things, the theology and practice of baptism.  Alexander Campbell and Walter Scott’s “high” view of baptism stood out in the context of the Second Great Awakening, wherein salvation often came to be connected to a subjective experience of the Holy Spirit that was externally manifest in ways other than baptism.  For evangelists like Charles Finney, someone could respond by approaching the “anxious … [Read more...]