Category Archives: Baptism

Progressive Churches of Christ: Baptism

So the subject is Sacraments, and we’ve talked about the Lord’s Supper. That leaves baptism. And we’re much better at our baptismal practices than our Eucharistic practices. At least, some of us are. I visited one church that had a … Continue reading

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Progressive Churches of Christ: The Lord’s Supper, Part 2

Next, think about this in terms of story. When we take communion in our traditional way at church, what is the story that we are telling? In many churches, the story is: We care about the scriptures more than “the … Continue reading

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Progressive Churches of Christ: The Lord’s Supper, Part 1

Let’s talk about the Sacraments. You see, I’m persuaded that a key step in the right direction is a re-envisioning of the Sacraments as community events that draw us toward Jesus. The traditional Church of Christ approach to the Lord’s … Continue reading

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A Reader’s Question on Defending Baptism

I get emails — My daughter has been routinely put on the spot by kids in her class for her doctrinal convictions. She does not accost her friends with her beliefs but is regularly asked how in the world she … Continue reading

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Worship: Baptism and the Church as Temple

So, being a Church of Christ kind of guy, I’ve been thinking about the preceding posts on worship and wondering what the implications of the Creation and the church each being God’s temple would be for baptism. Does seeing things … Continue reading

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Baptism: Grace and Baptism, Part 5 (Why Grace Does Not Destroy Baptism)

Let’s get back to where we started: grace and baptism. Here’s the difficult thought that we need to wrestle to the ground: How can grace forgive sin (including doctrinal error — but not a lack of faith in Jesus) and … Continue reading

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Baptism: Grace and Baptism, Part 4 (Justification)

Let’s talk about justification by faith. What does that mean? We’ve talked at length about faith, but not justification. But doesn’t it just mean “saved”? No, it does not. Rather, it means — The acquittal, or declaration of being righteous, … Continue reading

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Baptism: Grace and Baptism, Part 3 (Grace for Baptism)

I have a confession to make. For decades, I was convinced that grace does not extend to baptismal error. After all, faith is non-negotiable. Why shouldn’t baptism be┬áthe same? Not too many years ago, it became obvious to me that … Continue reading

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Baptism: Grace and Baptism, Part 2 (The Understanding Grace Problem)

Grace is not an easy concept for most people. To some, it sounds like what Dietrich Bonhoeffer called “cheap grace.” From his The Cost of Discipleship, cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline. … Continue reading

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Baptism: My Teaching and a Few FAQs

[An extra post at no extra charge!] Judging from the comments, it would be helpful for me to lay out what I teach about baptism again. It’s not complicated, but because it’s unfamiliar to most within the Churches of Christ, … Continue reading

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