Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ecumenical Orthodoxy

One of my favorite magazines recently observed its twenty-fifth anniversary. Touchstone, in the words of its Executive Editor, James M. Kushiner, is
...committed to a common work within the shared Christian doctrinal and moral tradition rooted in the Christian Scriptures. So we continue to use "mere Christianity" and "ecumenical orthodoxy" as handles for our core commitments. ....

Our commitment to the Great Tradition has also meant that we oppose modern innovations accepted by some in misguided efforts to be pastorally sensitive, culturally relevant, or biblically "prophetic." ....
It is a magazine of what I have called "honest ecumenism" with contributions from those belonging to a variety of Christian traditions: Evangelical, Catholic and Orthodox. Kushiner again:
...Touchstone has remained one of the few places where Christians can speak together about both the things that unite them and the things that divide them, without the expectations that we will water down the differences. ....
A good representative sampling of articles from the magazine over the years can be found here.

A few articles from each issue are made available online. This anniversary issue includes, along with much else, an article by Russell D. Moore, Dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, about closed communion: "Table Manners."

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12:57 PM

    Jim Great article Table Maaners.

    I have sent the Link on to others.

    Johnathan Allen said. {Loose quote} I shouldn't take communion with someone I was unwilling to take discipline.

    Dr. Richard Burks has a great paper on Seventh Day Baptist and Close communion.

    What a question it raises of how serious we SDB's take the Sacraments, the Covenant of the Assembly, and even the Assembly itself.


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