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Baptism: Sources & Resources

This is a list of the books and blogs I have on the subject of baptism Blogs ‘A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words – Tim Challies Epic Credobaptist Own Goal – Andrew Wilson ‘Between Two Worlds: Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries’, ‘Between Two Worlds: Ferguson on Infant Baptism and the Mode of Baptism’, ‘Between Two Worlds: Schreiner Vs. VanDrunen on Baptism’ ‘Once More on the Baptism of Children – Justin Taylor’ ‘Faith Central – Times Online – WBLG: 100,000 Britons Download “Debaptism”…

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Baptism: A reading (blogs) primer

For some time I’ve been meaning to write a series on baptism, working through the biblical texts and outlining why I’m a credobaptist (baptism of believers) and engaging with the opposite view (paedobaptism). With that in mind I’ve been collecting various blog posts on both sides of the debate (which I’ll update as new relevant posts come along). You can find my bibliography on baptism here. Baptism in the early church FAQ on baptism in the early church Did the Early Church Practice Infant Baptism or Full Immersion? On Baptism The Heidelberg…

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The Curiosity Index (26.03.2015)

Some challenging words from Peter Leithart on baptism The Breathe Network is an excellent resource for Christians wanting to live more simply and more fully in a consumer culture. They’re inviting contributors to their blog. It’s an interesting question Is ‘Talking British’ That Hard to Understand? The Emirates are just crazy places when it comes to architecture and urban planning. Outdoor air conditioning and a shopping centre for kids shaped like a gift-wrapped box in Doha being the latest insanity. Here are some very cool hotels (hint hint, several are in Sweden)

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The Lord's Supper: A question for paeadobaptists

I’ve just read the section on the Lord’s Supper in Louis Berkhof’s A Summary of Christian Doctrine and I have a question for those who practice infant baptism. Berkhof was a paedobaptist, a professor of theology and is probably best known for his Systematic Theology. Berkhof addresses the question of who can take the Lord’s Supper and writes, “The Lord’s Supper was not instituted for all indiscriminately, but only for believers, who understand its spiritual significance. Children, who have not yet come to years of discretion, are not fit to partake of it.”…

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The early church fathers: On baptism

Chrysostom – On the epistle to the Hebrews (emphasis mine) “Baptism is a cross, and ‘our old self was crucified with him,’ for we were ‘united with him in a death like his’ and again, ‘we were buried therefore with him by baptism unto death.’…For as Christ died on the cross, so do we in baptism, not as the flesh but as to sin. Behold two deaths. He died as to the flesh. In our case, the old self was buried and the new self arose, made conformable to the…

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Be baptised

I am a thoroughly convinced credo-baptist (believer’s baptism) and I’m almost as convinced that infant baptism does more harm than good when applied indiscriminately (as seems to be the case in the UK), as I indicated yesterday. Today then I’m going to call on the services of well respected Bible scholar Craig Blomberg to help make the case for being baptised. “Although theologians continue to discuss what might be implied by household baptisms in the New Testament and to what extent parallels between circumcision as the initiatory rite in the old…

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What do baptists do with believing children?

I’m an avowed credobaptist and I basically think infant baptism is unbiblical or at very best inadequately biblical but baptists have their own challenges when it comes to the place and faith of children. To baptise or not to baptise that is the question? I think it started with this article by Trevin Wax who argued against baptising small children John Starke at TGC came back with the repost that we should baptise small children Then Mike Gilbart-Smith at 9 Marks wrote rebuffing Starke asking when did baptists become paedobaptists?…

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