STEFANA LAING: What can the contemporary church learn from the ancient church of the Lord Jesus Christ?
RAY VAN NESTE: A guided time of corporate confession has been a staple for Christian worship through the ages.
JONATHAN PARNELL: We need to read some very old books, sing some very old lyrics, and recite some very old creeds.
EVAN MUSGRAVES: Baptists have not always been anti-creedal.
SHAWN J. WILHITE: Why would we even dare to consider reading something a bit more antiquarian?
MATTHEW Y. EMERSON AND R. LUCAS STAMPS: We affirm the two ordinances or sacraments instituted by Christ, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and believe that they function as signs and seals of God’s grace, expressions of individual faith, and bonds of the church’s covenantal unity in Christ. As such, these ordinances are not empty signs or mere symbols but tangibly demonstrate our union with the risen Christ and with his body, the church. Other Christian practices, such as confession of sin, confirmation in the faith, the ordination of church officers, Christian marriage, and the prayerful anointing of the sick may also frame a life of Christian faithfulness, but should not be considered sacraments.
BRANDON D. SMITH: This type of framing seems to be a helpful way to categorize the stages of early Trinitarianism.
MATTHEW Y. EMERSON: When we encounter opposition to the descent, the reasons given are more accurately called myths, since they don’t accurately describe the doctrine.
PATRICK J. SCHREINER: The images that Christ gave to his people most explicitly are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
STEVE WEAVER: Contemporary Baptists would do well to learn from Collins’s example and admonition to recognize truth wherever it is found.