I was reading about the Didache. The Didache is an early Christian treatise, and was held to be scripture by some early Christians, and is even included in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church canon. At some point, that view must have changed, as it wasn't included in the books of the New Testament. I don't really know why; I'm sure someone could inform me!
There are a couple of things I want to highlight from this.
The Didache reiterates the Sermon on the Mount. It discusses the way of life, and it says the way of life is to bless those who persecute you, pray for your enemies, etc.
Concerning the way of Death, it lists specific things not to be involved in, or not to become; like haughtiness, not laboring for the afflicted, rapacious behavior, over confidence, jealousy, etc.
It gives specific instructions about baptism. First, we are to baptize into "living water," which means running water, baptizing in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. If their is no living water, use cold water; and if there is no cold water, use warm water. This is basically what we do in church, but I've never been told why. I don't know if the Didache is why, but it very well could be. The one thing it does say about baptism, that we don't do, is fast. It says not only is the baptized supposed to fast, but the baptizer, and those in attendance are supposed to fast. That's at the very least, not widely practiced in the Methodist Church.
The Didache discusses how we are to treat traveling preachers, prophets, etc... It says if they ask for money, then they are a false prophet. I thought that was interesting.
Also, a wayfarer, is only allowed to stay two days, unless they are an artisan, or have some sort of trade, so they can contribute to the community. I thought that was interesting too, because they wanted everyone to share the workload, so no one gets a free pass.
It later discusses how we are to support the prophets, appointments of bishops and such, and the Apocalypse, but I didn't think they were as interesting.
This was just a few things a thought were interesting after my initial reading. I don't know much of the history of the book, or who wrote it, although I don't think anyone knows. I do know that some of the early Church Fathers thought this was Scripture, but it isn't now, and I don't know why. I think maybe it was too specific, and the early church was very diverse, their wasn't uniformity. What are your thought on the Didache? Do you have any other information that could shed light on it?