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Tagged Again! The Saints Edition

Ryan tagged me again, this time with a bit of a challenge. This meme asks you to list your four favorite saints, your favorite blessed saint, and the person you think should be canonized. Ryan comments that “My more protestant readers will no doubt be theologically horrified by this.” 🙂

Ryan wanted to see how a Baptist would handle this one. He said the guy that tagged him “made an interesting point that ‘saint’ can be defined as ‘a noteworthy holy person of the Christian faith.'” Okay, the first part of handling this as a Baptist is gonna be quick and dirty. We all know the Bible says a saint is a Christian. No need to be a “noteworthy holy person.” Paul said something about that back in 1 Corinthians 12. Nuff sed. 😉

But with no further ado, my Four Favorite Saints:

John the Baptist

John the Baptist. Come on, you didn’t think I’d leave him out??? Since most people (including the average Joe Blow Baptist) think Baptists came from John the Baptist, this one is appropriate. And he’s a “real” saint, to boot.

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John Bunyan

John Bunyan. Author of The Pilgrim’s Progress, The Holy War, and others. He is what a real Baptist ought to be like. An “uneducated tinker,” his vision, preaching and intellect were the envy of such great scholars, writers, and intellectuals of the English Reformation as John Owen.

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William Carey

William Carey. Probably the first great Baptist missionary, Carey is an icon of a distinctively Baptist focus, missions.

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Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Charles Spurgeon. The “Prince of Preachers,” Spurgeon is a great picture of who a Baptist should be. His teachings are still relevant over a century later.

And of course, no list of “favorite” saints would be complete without:

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John Piper

John Piper. Hearing this man speak way back in 1999 and subsequently reading Desiring God did more to develop my worldview than anyone. He brought together my wandering theological worldview and made it wholly centered on God and His glory in Christ.

Yes, I know that’s five, not four, but there are way too many I could use in this part of the list. And I haven’t even cracked the surface of the American side of things. So moving right on…

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My Favorite “Blessed” Saint:

St. Augustine of Hippo

St. Augustine of Hippo. Wow, two “bona fide” saints. Someone check my confession and baptism, quick. But seriously, if not for him Luther might never have ignited the Reformation. We might still be Catholics. I’m sure there’s irony in there somewhere…

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One Person I Think Should Be Canonized:

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards. I could have put Martin Luther here, since without him we wouldn’t be having this discussion. But I don’t think anyone influenced American Evangelicalism — and Baptists — more than Jonathan Edwards. American Evangelicals can trace their roots (regardless of denomination) directly to him, and rightly so, as he was a major part of the Great Awakening. Not only that, he appears to be one of John Piper’s greatest influences. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Edwards when the opportunity has presented itself. And I’ll let you in on a secret: since my wife wants our future second son to have “Edward” in his name to honor her late father, we’ve agreed to name said second son Jonathan Edward. 🙂

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Okay, now to tag a few people: Timmy Brister, Tony Kummer, Joe Thorn, and since he did so well on the last one, Matt Perry.

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  1. April 26, 2007 at 11:43 pm

    You are such a good sport. An interesting collection…I like the idea of Jonathan Edwards, I didn’t think about him.

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