Nov 21 2015

Baptism and Education – 2

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Peter Leithart believes that baptism is the ground for Christian education. I agree with him. But when it comes to whose baptism, I think it can be demonstrated that he departs from the biblical pattern.

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Nov 8 2015

Inquiétude Review

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Here’s a new amazon review for Inquiétude. It’s by Jared Leonard (Georgia USA) who not only helped to edit the book but also contributed to an appendix. This could be seen as a conflict of interest (if there were any interest), but let’s just say no one is as familiar with this material as he is.

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Nov 7 2015

Covenant Renewal Worship vs. Paedosacraments

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Ignorance of the Bible’s very consistent architecture has led to the assembly of many well-meaning but errant doctrinal constructs over the centuries. With reference to it, however, the conflicts are made plain. Our own towers to heaven, however historic they might be, and however cherished, must be torn down.

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Oct 3 2015

Beating Around the Burning Bush

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The Blindness of Paedosacramentalism

Leithart’s paper is not a New Covenant growth from glory to glory, but an Old Covenant journey from dust to dust.

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Aug 20 2015

Inquiétude now available

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Essays for a People Without Eyes

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Jul 25 2015

Inquiétude

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Available AUGUST. Click for larger image.

The problem with bad theologians is that they do not think in pictures. The problem with good theologians is that they do not think in moving pictures.

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Jul 7 2015

Cultivation and Representation

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“In the days when our courts are declaring that good is evil and evil is good, the recovery of baptism as a delegation of divine legal authority rather than a sign of ‘limited Covenantal obligation’ is crucial.”

Every biblical Covenant is a word from heaven designed to bring a response from the earth. When the laws in the Ark of the testimony were given to Israel, the response of a legal oath was required, intended to culminate in the legal witness of Israel to the nations. Thus, every biblical Covenant is also a process which leads to maturity, beginning with cultivation and ending in representation.

A child must be schooled before he can be employed. A man must be a disciple before he can be an apostle. Adam was to be qualified before he could represent God as a just and merciful judge on earth. But the difference between cultivation and representation is the difference between circumcision and baptism, and this facet of the biblical Covenants is something paedobaptists are unable to accept, at least in its full glory.

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Jun 16 2015

Those Afar Off

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There are no “Abrahamic” promises concerning offspring — or real estate — for New Covenant believers.

Like the dogma of evolution, the doctrine of paedobaptism is not supported by indisputable evidence. Rather, the data must be interpreted through the lens of a pre-existing framework. The paedobaptistic lens is, however, a biblical one, being Abrahamic, and it comes in extremely handy when used in the right way. It deals with the few texts which paedobaptists rely on for proof, showing that they are not establishing a revised Abrahamic tent, but bringing the old one to an end.

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Apr 15 2015

Believer’s Baptism in Typology

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Gregg Strawbridge of paedobaptism.com gave me the floor in an interview this past weekend to explain myself when it comes to baptism. It was a lot of fun.
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Apr 14 2015

Justified in His Sight

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Is our justification a past event or a future one? The debate continues while the answer is, like Adam and Eve, hidden in plain sight.

The problem with most theological discussions concerning our justification is that they are imagined in the courts of men rather than in the court of God. What is the difference between these two courts?

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