"...a consciousness of history is not part of the package"

The history deficit in evangelical (and fundamentalist) churches, and six ways to fix it. 

Teaching Historical Sense to a Sophisticated and Discerning Lady (Aged 7)

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Aaron Blumer's picture

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Well, five out of six isn't bad.

(I'm not keen on reciting creeds in worship. Regulative principle? Still, it would be possible to use them in other meetings of the church... Christian Ed. settings seems ideal.)

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Interestingly many RPW churches recite creeds during the service.  Having been thinking through some RPW issues lately, I asked a couple of the Religious Affections guys what they thought about it.  They thought it legitimately fit under "Teaching the Word".

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Aaron Blumer wrote:

Well, five out of six isn't bad.

(I'm not keen on reciting creeds in worship. Regulative principle? Still, it would be possible to use them in other meetings of the church... Christian Ed. settings seems ideal.)


Guess you weren't a big fan of reciting the creed during each service at BJU (although that's a Christian Ed. situation, it was usually done during the worship services). At times, I thought it just tradition, or something to get through, and at first, it kind of seemed silly, like we were back in 1st grade reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before class. However, over time, I realized that not only was it a concise statement of the major beliefs that we shared, whether from a Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Congregational, or whatever background, but these were the truths that brought us together, rather than separating us, and being reminded of them regularly helped us minimize those "smaller" differences.

While I don't think reciting a creed would need to be done in each service, it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to do it every so often to remind everyone in the church of the beliefs that shared and treasured.

Dave Barnhart

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Didn't bother me to do it at chapel.... not church.

Can't remember if we did it in Sunday services.

Teaching... I can see how it could work that way. But then, couldn't drama? It's interesting to me that some believe citing "regulative principle" solves all sorts of problems with modern worship. But how can the RP forbid a drama that makes a point yet allow reciting a creed as "teaching"?

(Drama is a new thing, reciting creeds is old... Yes, and that's really about enough for me, but what does old/new have to do with regulative prinicple?   Sorry for the RP rabbit trail. It's really another topic.)