Paula Fredriksen challenges popular assumptions about the first generation of Christians.
On Tuesday, the general assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) approved a resolution calling on the church in all its expressions to affirm the faith, baptism, and spiritual gifts of everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. This was timely, given the Defense of Marriage Act decision, though the resolution doesn’t specifically mention same-sex marriage. Nor does it mention ordination—the other hot-button issue around sexuality in the church—though it does affirm that neither sexual orientation nor gender identity is “grounds for exclusion from fellowship or service within the church.”
The more I learned about the Disciples, the more I felt this was the church for me. Then, inevitably, I found the skeleton in the Disciples’ closet.
Seekers often want Christianity to be a set of ideas one knows to be true, or at least to provide a feeling of certainty.
I was ordained to the Disciples denomination. But I'm serving in a congregation of the UCC, and the plan is to be here for a good long while. So what to do about baptizing our children?
We see in Bartimaeus's story the same basic elements that are present in the calling of Jesus’ first disciples.