Posts Tagged ‘Stone-Campbell Movement’

A tile in the mosaic

June 30, 2008

Last night at the Solomon’s Porch gathering I shared what was important and central to Christianity from the Churches of Christ position. I am certainly no spokeman for the C of C and I am no theologian.

But here is what I said (roughly):

Churches of Christ began as a unity movement back in the early 1800’s with an optimistic desire to restore the 1st century church. It was assumed that honest people could read the Bible and by necessity end up with the same conclusions. Differences were the result of a dishonest reading or misunderstanding of the truth.

In churches of Christ, the bible is the authority. In a Church of Christ, you are likely to hear someone say, “Speak where the Bible speaks and keep silemnt where the Bible is silent.”  Faith, in large measure, was measured by how much a person knew about the Bible. In some cases, the more specific a person could be was an indication of their faith.

Biblical correctness resulted in some wonderful things like the high value places on baptism, communion, and worship. However, where the Biblical correctness goes to seed is the rules attached to each of these things. Baptism is not just honored, but there are specific ways in which one must be baptized – fully immersed, for the remission of sins and in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Worhsip must be without instruments becauser that is how they did it in the New Testament and communion must be every Sunday.

It was also noted that Max Lucado, who most Christians know, is a Church of Christ guy.

I said more. I hope that I did a good job of honoring the efforts of unity that the Church of Christ was involved in, but at the same time I hope that I revealed some bias which the Church of Christ introduced into the Christian mosaic.

Names, Labels, and Wordsmithing

June 13, 2008

Click here to see some other names of the conversation among people in churches of Christ and the emerging church.