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”

Children, childlessness and culture wars – what we believe affects how we live

Last week, I responded to an article that Kevin DeYoung has written for The Gospel Coalition arguing that the best way for Christians to respond to engage in the US culture wars was to have lots of children and disciple them well. In his own words: “Here’s a culture war strategy conservative Christians should getContinue reading “Children, childlessness and culture wars – what we believe affects how we live”