Food from around the worldwide web

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From baby boom to missions boon – this one caught by eye as my own parents found themselves involved in cross-cultural mission, spending their 50s in China before continuing to visit regularly right up until 2019. You can build but it will crumble – Alistair Chalmers reflect on a visit to Ephesus Essentially significant –… Continue reading Food from around the worldwide web

Why did Jesus get baptised? (Mark 1:6-13)

Mark’s Gospel is shorter than the others with a greater sense of immediacy and urgency. The focus appears to be much mor eon the narrative and so we don’t tend to get the extended conversatinos and teaching we find in Matthew and John. So, when Mark takes a bit of time to flesh out a… Continue reading Why did Jesus get baptised? (Mark 1:6-13)

Baptism, conscience and what I personally will do

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This is the third and final part of my response to Steve Kneale’s article on baptism, sin and conscience. There are other things I could pick up on from it. For example, I think Steve has over-laboured on trying to fit people to specific labels for example. I don’t think that works. There will be… Continue reading Baptism, conscience and what I personally will do

Baptism, conscience and sin

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The other day I wrote about how I approach the question of people who have been baptised in a paedobaptist context and whether or not a baptistic church should treat that as valid when welcoming someone into membership. The article was part of a series on baptism but it was responding to something Steve Kneale… Continue reading Baptism, conscience and sin

Baptism, paedo-baptism and the conscience clause

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I’ve been writing a few blog posts about baptism and paedobaptism over the past few days and of course, this brings us to the question about what to do when there’s disagreement within a church on Baptism. My friend Stephen Kneale is very clear in his mind on this. He writes about it here. Steve’s… Continue reading Baptism, paedo-baptism and the conscience clause

When your argument proves more than you want it to…

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I’m going to try and start to wrap up my mini-series about baptism -which is more correctly about good Biblical exegesis.* Right back in my first article I said that putting the phrase “for you and your children” back into context “makes it clear that the promise is for those it is proclaimed to not… Continue reading When your argument proves more than you want it to…

Baptism, paedo-baptism and a question of inclusion

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I want to come back to the discussion about baptism that has been generated by this quote attributed to Bob Letham. One comment that has come back from paedobaptists following my response to the quote is that Dr Letham’s remarks are about the issue of inclusion and exclusion. The point is that a consequence of… Continue reading Baptism, paedo-baptism and a question of inclusion

Baptism and circumcision -are we misreading the covenants?

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I picked up on this article recently which gives an other example of why it’s important that we do our text work right. First of all though I’d like to respond briefly to the point made here: “Our credobaptist brothers and sisters have to demonstrate that the Bible teaches that professing believers, and no one… Continue reading Baptism and circumcision -are we misreading the covenants?

Does Baptism save?

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Generally speaking, most paedobaptists would stop short of teaching baptismal regeneration.  That’s the belief associated primarily with Catholicism that it is the act of baptism itself that objectively brings about salvation.  The closest we have got to that idea has been from  some Federal Vision proponents who insist that baptism does objectively do something and… Continue reading Does Baptism save?

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 of… Continue reading Justified (Romans 4:1-12)