Why are Baptists celebrating Advent?

I will write a long post about my trip to Louisiana later, but something caught my eye that I thought I would mention now.

I grew up, sometimes,  Baptist – Southern Baptist. We were strictly anti-Catholic, etc…, so it surprised me to see that Broadmoor Baptist Church, in Baton Rouge was celebrating Advent. Granted, Advent is not solely a Catholic holiday – the Catholic ‘lite’, such as the Lutherans, have always celebrated it. (Zwingli, the Switz Reformer of whom very little is known, seemed to have no problem with it, although it was not found in the bible)

It seems that in the last 15 years, they have left the SBC and joined the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. I wonder if the move to liberalism has contributed to their move to Advent?

Dunno – just caught me eye. I am not Baptist, so don’t get me wrong – celebrate what you want, but it is just odd.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

2 thoughts on “Why are Baptists celebrating Advent?

  1. Having studied the encroachment of the emergent church and it’s ecumenical inclusiveness, I see the addition of the advent celebration as a breach of Baptist doctrine. It is not unusual to find all sorts of attacks to our faith just now, as this is the period of time in history that the Bible says more about than any other period of time including the when Jesus walked on earth. We are now approaching the end of the age in which there are more problems with our lives, families and churches than ever before. Do not practice paganism in any form; read the Bible!

Leave a Reply, Please!