\\\ 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
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.”
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 […]
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?
“Nicodemus came to Jesus by night…” by G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection,Library of Congress
A seventh image for understanding the Holy Spirit is that of “Incorporation.”