Infant baptism appears to be becoming more and more controversial as time goes on. In the sixteenth century, when the first Anabaptists rejected the baptism they had received as infants and were baptized as intellectually mature believers, there were few in the world who would have looked fondly upon their bold move; infant baptism was … Continue reading Baptizing Babies in the Early Church
Images of Christ are a prominent and almost universally recognizable feature of Christianity. Churches, homes, cemeteries, and, in some parts of the world, public spaces are adorned with various representations of the incarnate Jesus. But as popular as they may be, some Christians, often within the Reformed tradition, reject the validity of images of Christ … Continue reading Are Images of Christ Sinful?
In some important ongoing debates within Christianity, I often hear people, especially of the evangelical stream, declare a particular idea or practice to be unbiblical because it is not clearly commanded or portrayed in the Bible. For example, many advocates of believer's baptism are quick to point out that infant baptism is never mentioned in … Continue reading Do All Church Practices Have to Come Right from the Bible?
One of the more polarizing issues in Christianity is the role of saints in the life of the Church. In some ecclesiastical and theological traditions, such as Roman Catholicism, traditional saints occupy an important place, but in some other traditions—many of them within the world of Evangelicalism—the word “saint” is rarely used at all. Accordingly, … Continue reading What’s the Deal with Saints?
In my opinion, one of the most captivating figures in all of Christian history is the fourth-century Ambrose of Milan. His contributions to the literature of the ancient Church are tremendous, and his life story is packed with thought-provoking drama. In this post I would like to focus on the latter aspect: his life. In … Continue reading Ambrose, the Saint Who Took on the Roman Empire—and Won
As an undergraduate student of theology, I often wondered how Christians could come to such different conclusions about almost every point of doctrine. The more I learned about theology, the more I learned about conflicts, debates, and differences. I remember as a teenager seeing a book about Christ's atonement and thinking, That’s interesting—a whole book … Continue reading Does Your Personality Shape Your Theology?
For the most part, Evangelicals consider the medieval period to be the lowest point in the history of Christianity, a time of great darkness in which the truth of the gospel was obscured. Some are unwilling even to admit that they are part of the same religion as the Christians of medieval Europe, often in … Continue reading The Medieval Church You Never Knew (A Post for Evangelicals)