Category Archives: Sacraments

1 Corinthians 11:17-34: “Do you not have houses to eat and drink in?”

I posted a series on 1 Corinthians several months ago in preparation for teaching a class covering the epistle. Today, I taught on the problems with the Lord’s Supper described in 1 Cor 11:17-34. Until I was preparing for class … Continue reading

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A Communion Meditation: The Poverty of the Passover Lamb

One of the Bible’s most common images for Jesus is the “lamb of God.” Over and over he is pictured as a sacrificed lamb — a Passover sacrifice. For example, (John 1:29 ESV) he next day he saw Jesus coming … Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 8.5: On the Necessity of Believing in Baptism

I confess that baptism is, to me, terribly difficult to fit into this analysis. I find nothing in the scriptures that say that teaching baptismal error damns. I find very plain teaching that prohibits adding anything to “faith working through … Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 6.8A: Baptism and the Temple

I’ve been reading Andrew McGowan’s Ancient Christian Worship: Early Church Practices in Social, Historical, and Theological Perspective, a fascinating account of early Christian worship. I just got to the chapter on baptism. Early on, McGowan says, Ritual baths, or miqva’ot, … Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 6.8: The Impact and Symbolism of Baptism

I think the original design of baptism is not only God’s design, but the best possible design. God’s wisdom in providing for a confession followed by baptism of a believer is how churches ought to handle conversions. Words are necessary, … Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 6.7: Marriage as Analogy; Infant Baptism

An arranged marriage One more story. A couple is married at the age of 8 days. They are from a province in India where the parents arrange and make marriages for their children. Many years later, when the children are … Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 6.6: Why Water Baptism?

Why does God want believers to be baptized? Well, actions matters, just as words matter. * The requirement to be baptized forces another requirement — confession. I can have something like faith and keep it a secret. But when I … Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 6.5: Why Faith Must be Confessed

Sixth point: For some reason, God wants his converts baptized in water. There’s not the least hint of water baptism in the OT. It was introduced by John the Baptist as a sign associated with the coming Kingdom and adopted by … Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 6.4: Saved by Faith, Just Like Abraham

Fifth point: The faith that saves is the faith of Abraham. Paul says so in Rom 4 and Gal 3. The one wrinkle is that, after the resurrection, Abraham’s faith in God becomes faith in God the Father and the … Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 6.3: Baptism: Martin Luther and James

Third point: I’m not arguing that there’s a missing verse that says “faith alone,” and I’m not under the influence of Martin Luther’s German translation. Rather, verses that say things like “everyone who believes” will be saved should be read as … Continue reading

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