MATTHEW Y. EMERSON: We Protestants don’t talk a lot about Holy Saturday, the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. There are quite a few reasons for this, but chief among them, I think, is that we just don’t know what to do with it. Its association with implicit univeralism in many Eastern articulations of the doctrine, its connection with Purgatory in Roman Catholicism, and the uncertainty among contemporary systematic theologians about its importance has led many Protestants, and especially many evangelicals, to simply ignore the doctrine known as Christ’s descent to the dead. Despite modern ambivalence toward it, the descent was vital to early and Medieval Christian faith, and it is my belief that we can retrieve its importance today.
D. JEFFREY MOONEY AND ADRIAN MARTINEZ: Creeds provided a core set of beliefs for our congregation so that, regardless of the distinctions of other Christians around us, we could cling to these core elements and celebrate the fact that we were one family in Jesus.
DAYTON HARTMAN: The particulars of our eschatological convictions ought never contradict nor supersede the uniting Christian hope of Christ’s assured return and victory.
SHAWN J. WILHITE: Retrieval has a posture that transcends our modern sensibilities.
MATTHEW Y. EMERSON AND R. LUCAS STAMPS: We believe that all Christians should pray for and seek Christian unity across ecclesial and denominational lines and that Baptists should not reflexively reject principled, ecumenical dialogue with other Christian traditions.
MATTHEW WIREMAN: The Church Calendar provides anticipation and expectation and prepares our hearts every season as we wait and continue to wait for our redemption.
MATTHEW Y. EMERSON: Is there a Baptist contribution to political theology? Yes. And it should be called, “Baptist Prophetic Witness.”
MATTHEW WIREMAN: Because the Lectionary has us read from four passages of Scripture each Sunday, we see the value of poetry, history, prose, prophecy, and epistle.
MICHAEL MCEWEN: There are salient connections between Kant’s ideas and the spirit of our culture.
STEPHEN O. PRESLEY: If only for a few moments, it will unite the entire church in a communal act of listening and engaging the word of God.