Justified (Romans 4:1-12)

If you were to list the top 3 doctrines you believe first of all in terms of what is necessary to salvation, what would you list look like? Now how would you draw up your list a second time, this time with the focus on how doctrine affects the Christian life and the nature ofContinue reading “Justified (Romans 4:1-12)”

Paedo-baptism and covenant membership

The other day I highlighted three of the big arguments for paedo-baptism, here is the fourth. This has particularly become associated with the Federal Vision thinking of Douglas Wilson, Peter Leithart and James Jordan, however it is not exclusive to them, rather you find it present in a lot of contemporary paedo-baptist arguments and particularlyContinue reading “Paedo-baptism and covenant membership”

The problem with some of the big arguments for infant baptism

Over the years, I’ve consistently heard three main arguments for infant baptism. These are: That when preaching, the apostles announced that the promise was for “you and your children.” Therefore, Christians can confidently expect their children to be within the new covenant promise. That baptism is the New Covenant equivalent of circumcision, that circumcision wasContinue reading “The problem with some of the big arguments for infant baptism”

Why do people baptise babies?

Part two of some reposted articles relating to Federal Vision theology. In my article about children and communion I commented that: “Secondly, a few years back, there was a big fuss about something called “The Federal Vision.” It was strong among some Presbyterians and Anglicans. It was an attempt to recover a high view ofContinue reading “Why do people baptise babies?”

George Floyd, justice and why the optics do matter

I woke yesterday to the news that George Floyd’s killer, Derek Chauvin has been convicted. This is good news because it means justice for Floyd’s family, but it does not deal with the issue of racism.  In fact, it is concerning that some people are still trying to separate out the race issue here andContinue reading “George Floyd, justice and why the optics do matter”

Should children take communion?

I’m reposting a couple of articles from a few years back about baptism and communion -especially as it relates to children. I’m doing this partly because these are topics that are always worth revisiting but also because I’m currently preparing some articles following up further on the question of church culture. In some of theContinue reading “Should children take communion?”

“Have a bath and change your clothes” (Ephesians 4:17 -32)

It has been vital during the pandemic to take off clothes as soon as you get home and have a shower or bath. It would be ridiculous to put the old contaminated clothes back on again. Similarly, the imagery of Christian faith is a bath (baptism), don’t put your old clothes back on again!

Is “open or closed communion?” the right question?

One of the graces in COVID is that it has pushed us hard to think about some key aspects of church life such as “What really is gathered worship?” and “What are the priority ministries of a church in the week?” There has also been quite a bit of discussion about when, how and whyContinue reading “Is “open or closed communion?” the right question?”

Can I be a faithful follower of Jesus without attending church? (5 Reasons why the answer is “No”)

It is actually the wrong question to start with. Church is not a venue or an event that you attend. Church is the people of God. You don’t attend a church, you are part of the church. If you belong to Jesus then you belong to his family meaning that you are a member ofContinue reading “Can I be a faithful follower of Jesus without attending church? (5 Reasons why the answer is “No”)”

When is a church not a church?

As we return from lockdown, there are still some significant restrictions expected about how we will be able to go about meeting together. The one that has provoked the most reaction has been the likely ban on singing and yet, maybe more importantly (and still with minimal discussion) we can expect restrictions on baptism andContinue reading “When is a church not a church?”