STEVE WEAVER: Contemporary Baptists would do well to learn from Collins’s example and admonition to recognize truth wherever it is found.
MATTHEW Y. EMERSON AND R. LUCAS STAMPS: We believe that Baptist worship should be anchored in Holy Scripture and informed by the liturgical practices of the historic church. We believe that Christian worship should be Word-centered. In worship, we read, preach, sing, pray, and show forth (through the ordinances) the Word of God. We further believe that Baptist worship could benefit from incorporating historic practices such as lectionary readings, the liturgical calendar, corporate confession of sin, the assurance of pardon, the recitation of scriptural and historic prayers (especially the Lord’s Prayer), and the corporate confession of the faith (expressed in the ecumenical creeds and other confessional documents).
MATTHEW Y. EMERSON: The calendar is not used because it is commanded in Scripture; it is used because it helps the church throughout space and time organize its exposition of God’s Word to his people.
MATTHEW Y. EMERSON AND R. LUCAS STAMPS: We encourage the ongoing affirmation, confession, and catechetical use of the three ecumenical creeds and the scriptural insights of the seven ecumenical councils. We believe these confessional documents express well what Thomas Oden called the “consensual tradition”—the deposit of faith taught in Holy Scripture and received by the church throughout space and time.
BRANDON D. SMITH: A short list of Baptists doing patristic theology and retrieval well.
R. LUCAS STAMPS: How can a single individual be both God and man?
BRANDON D. SMITH: We should teach Christology with the Bible as our authority and the councils as our fundamental resource.
SCOTT JAMES: Open the Word of God with your children and let it dwell richly in your home.
BRANDON D. SMITH: A new book on the church's mission gives Baptists much to think about.
TIMOTHY GEORGE: Theological education over the next decades of the twenty-first century will need to be increasingly personal, incarnational, global, and gospel centered.