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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