History - what's that
I have been reflecting recently on the lack of church history of any kind being taught and preached about in my low brow church. Week after week, I seem to endure earnest and heart-felt talks which are a mish-mash of pop psychology and Protestant missiology - a sermon series may start out looking at Psalms but somehow ends up being self-referential and hearing far too much about the particular speaker's own battles with whatever.
I'm not asking for a whole semester's worth of church history but occasionally, it might add some spiritual MSG to the diet.
I'm sure at theological college they get taught church history but I wonder do they get taught to preach about church history and draw out valuable insights and lessions from the past that can inform Christians about all sorts of things - church life, how to deal with controversies in the secular world, how to deal with splits and schisms, how to cope with cults and atheists, etc, etc, etc.
Is that people are afraid of the uncomfortable truths which exist within Christian history? People of all denominations should be aware of the skeletons within our combined closets. The failure to deal and live with history can cause all sorts of problems.