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Salvation

Baptists should witness about their own spiritual journeys but must approach people of other faiths with humility, curiosity, kindness and respect. Cultivating these virtues and recalling these 3 factors will yield positive results. […] Read More

When relating to persons of other faiths, Christians can testify passionately about the path they have walked but should not disparage the path others have traveled. We should approach others with humility rather than arrogance. […] Read More

What is salvation? How is it received? Scripture continually holds two images of salvation in tension with one another, with neither image neglecting the other. […] Read More

Among significant portions of U.S. Christians, a widespread false dichotomy exists that views “faith” as distinct from service, action and vocation. […] Read More

One of the persisting questions in theological interpretation is what actually happened to our forebears as sin entered the world. A long tradition speaks of “total depravity,” which means we are rendered incapable of any good as our wills are in bondage to evil. Others will speak less of an intensive view – as rotten […] Read More

Jesus’ life and teachings didn’t matter very much. At least that’s the idea one gets from those U.S. Christians who see his only earthly purpose in coming to die as a penalty for human sinfulness – and then rocketing off to heaven to fix up some cushy mansions for our afterlife while awaiting our arrival. […] Read More

The cross of Jesus is not an isolated transaction that changes the divine relationship to humanity. Rather, as I noted yesterday, it seems to be a disclosure of the pattern of God’s relationship to the human family all along. Continuing the reflection on the pattern of the testimony, which is the covenant community’s expression of […] Read More

Good Friday was bad long before it was good, at least from outward appearances. God was being crucified by all that can go bad in the world: pride, jealousy, distrust, wound, self-interest, sin. It’s no accident the Gospels tell us that, as Jesus was dying, it grew dark in the middle of the day. Few […] Read More

The annual cycle of the church’s participation in the biblical drama keeps alive in our tradition the foundational experiences that make us who we are. In that drama, we are invited to graft our story onto that story, making it our own. Another implicit part of that invitation is to see the part of the […] Read More

What does it mean to “accept Christ”? What are we asking a person to do? Traditionally, this has involved believing as true certain things about Jesus: that he is the Son of God and, thus, divine himself; that he was born of a virgin; that he died on the cross for our sins and was […] Read More