It’s been an amazing four centuries of Baptist witness. One of the best ways to acknowledge this milestone is by educating people about the people, places, and events that relate to our beginnings and have shaped our direction. Our church will utilize free monthly bulletin inserts from the Baptist History & Heritage Society and I’ll draw upon some material to share on Sundays and Wednesdays throughout the year. Even though many people in our church have an awareness of Baptist history, it is still a good idea to reflect upon it. With new members coming into the congregation, it’s also helpful not to assume everyone knows Baptist history. We must not forget the cost that was paid to forge our distinctives and stand for religious liberty.

I’ll be writing off and on about various aspects of Baptist life and why I appreciate it so much. It’s not easy being a Baptist sometimes, but the effort is worth it. We have a lot to be thankful for, and I’m grateful to be in the Baptist room of the larger household of faith. I do think it’s important to come out of our corner of the Kingdom to have fellowship with Christians in the larger ecumenical community. We can all learn from one another. I’m reminded of the motto, “in essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; and in all things, charity.”

Happy Birthday Baptists!