Micah among the Baptists

The theme of yesterday’s service at my church was Micah 6:6-8, well-known words as well as their immediate context. The immediate context is something typical of the 8th century prophets: a condemnation of those whose view of religion is that it means to practice injustice throughout the week, and then come seek forgiveness of the LORD [Read More...]

The Prophets of Our Time

We had an interesting discussion of prophecy in my Sunday school class recently, as we continued working our way through 1 Corinthians. I’ve often heard people suggest that preachers are the closest equivalent today to ancient Israel’s prophets. I’ve often viewed that as a problematic stance, since it seems designed to add to the authority of [Read More...]

The Right Thing To Do

Christians should support same-sex marriage regardless of what one personally believes about marriage because treating same-sex couples with dignity and respecting their rights to have equal protection under the law is the right thing to do. – Chuck Queen The quote comes from an article in Baptist News on “Why Christians can and should support the [Read More...]

A Baptist Timeline

Via Stuff Fundies Like. Baptists get picked on a lot in this regard, and not entirely undeservedly. Yet there is a sense in which all of religious history, and all of human history, is similar – people trying to improve on what came before, and sometimes succeeding, but more often than not, producing something just [Read More...]

Bulldog Beginnings

I read recently that the Butler University use of the Bulldogs for the university team name and mascot began when the Butler team – known as the “Christians” (since the school was then still affiliated with the Christian Churches Disciples of Christ) or sometimes the “Blue and White” - played a team from Franklin, the “Baptists.” The heated rivalry led to [Read More...]

Young John the Baptist, and John the Methodist

Both via Episcopal Church Memes on Facebook.   [Read more...]

Funny Baptisms

Unless you’ve seen this compilation before, I am pretty sure you’ve never seen baptisms like the one at the middle and at the end of this video!   [Read more...]

Barely Even Stereotyped

Brian LePort has posted two wonderful blog entries about stereotypes regarding denominations, as indicated by Google search autocomplete data. I thought I would check what happens when I type in the labels that I wear – American Baptist and progressive Christian. Neither has anything for the entire phrases (such as “Why are American Baptists” or [Read More...]

Lobster Baptists

Actually, there are so many puns and transfers of symbols I can think of. Baptism as symbolic of having been boiled and raised again from the pot. They will know we are crustaceans by our love….   [Read more...]

What Sort of Baptist was John?

This post will hopefully illustrate that serious thoughts can be generated by frivolous content on blogs. Allan Bevere shared this amusing image of “John the Southern Baptist”: That got me thinking of the question “What sort of Baptist was John?” – imagining various “baptists” fighting over a claim to him. And that led me to [Read More...]


Brian Le Port has an interesting post about John the Baptist and related matters. He draws attention to a reference by Justin Martyr to a Jewish group which he refers to as βαπτιστων. The term is used in modern Greek for “Baptists” (as in the Christian denomination). I wonder whether the term most likely denoted [Read More...]