Baptism

wtb on October 22nd, 2015

\\\ Trigger Warning \\\ The New Testament (NT) documents can’t be treated as entirely normative for the present-day church … “Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch” from The Bible and Its Story by Charles Horne and Julius Brewer, public domain

Continue reading about The Case for Catechesis

wtb on November 20th, 2011

Do a Google search on the phrase “is not a Christian” and two criteria will compete for first place in denying people a Christian identity.

Continue reading about Boasting in Baptism?

wtb on October 28th, 2010

Baptism is the premier rite of Christianity, yet it is often controversial among Christians.

Continue reading about The Eschatology of Baptism

wtb on March 10th, 2009

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper can be viewed with two emphases: (1) what God does, or (2) what humans do. The first view understands baptism and the Lord’s Supper as “sacraments.” The latter view sees them solely as “memorials.”

Continue reading about Some Problems with Memorialism

wtb on March 9th, 2009

In ancient times, “sacramentum” referred to a Roman soldier’s oath of allegiance to the emperor– “Caeasar kurios.” Early Christians picked up the word and used it to refer to their oath of allegiance to Christ– “Christos kurios.” Although the English derivative “sacrament” has been ruined for many Christians by mystical and magical accretions, the word […]

Continue reading about The Communal Nature of the Sacraments

wtb on February 17th, 2009

Many Christians deprecate baptism in preference for the “Sinner’s Prayer” as the way to “get saved.” Apparently the intent is to sidestep the works-righteousness often associated with historical abuses of baptism. But is the Sinner’s Prayer a good substitute?

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“Nicodemus came to Jesus by night…” by G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection,Library of Congress

Continue reading about Water and Spirit in John 3:5– a Bibliographic Essay

A seventh image for understanding the Holy Spirit is that of “Incorporation.”

Continue reading about Images for Understanding the Holy Spirit #7– Incorporation

wtb on July 25th, 2008

In the beginning … … God created teenagers …

Continue reading about Some Thoughts on Chaos, Wisdom, and Teenagers

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