Knowing God through Experience: The role of personal testimony in baptismal services among Baptists

Knowing God Through Experience: The role of personal testimony in baptismal services among Baptists. A CHARIS lecture by Dr. Anthony R. Cross, Oxford University. Response from Dr. Everett Ferguson, Abilene Christian University.

Originally presented October 12, 2015, Chapel on the Hill, Abilene Christian University.

“The personal testimonies of baptismal candidates occupy a key place within the baptismal service, and provide a window into Baptist spirituality. Their strength is also their weakness: they are reflections of a believer’s experience of conversion and walk with God, their discipleship. Frequently lacking in theological sophistication, what they lack in theological insight they make up for in heartfelt conviction.” Continue reading “Knowing God through Experience: The role of personal testimony in baptismal services among Baptists”

The Sacrament of Baptism among the First Baptists

The Sacrament of Baptism among the First BaptistsDr. Anthony R. Cross (Oxford University). With a response by Dr. Doug Foster (Abilene Christian University).  Presented as a CHARIS lecture on October 13, 2015. Abilene Christian University.

“Baptismal sacramentalism continues to generate considerable interest, and often polarized views, among Baptists. With reference to the original documents, this lecture demonstrates definitively that many of the first Baptists understood baptism in sacramental terms.” Continue reading “The Sacrament of Baptism among the First Baptists”

ACU Faculty reflect on University Identity and Christian Heritage

In this video ACU Faculty reflect on University Identity and Christian Heritage.

Drawing from CHARIS-hosted conversations at Abilene Christian University during 2012-13 about faculty members’ relationship to their religious heritage, three ACU faculty share their reflections about the importance of faith tradition to personal and university identity.  This short video was shown at the ACU faculty “presession” at the start of the fall semester 2013.

John Mark Hicks, “Pedagogy in the Stone-Campbell Movement: Implications of Religious Heritage for University Teaching Practices”

On March 4, 2014, Dr. John Mark Hicks (Lipscomb University) presented a lecture at the Adams Center for Teaching and Learning at Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.  His presentation focused on three “movements” that are important in the Stone-Campbell movement and its approaches to pedagogy, with a focus on Alexander Campbell and his conception of education.