Category Archives: Baptism

A Framework for Discussing Baptism: Unanswered Challenges

Back on December 13, I posted a series of comments I’d made at earlier posts, as a post called “A Framework for Discussing Baptism.” This was an effort to frame and so improve the conversation regarding the absolute necessity of … Continue reading

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A Framework for Discussing Baptism

I am again borrowing from the comments, this time from a series of comments by me under Paul and the Faithfulness of God: Baptism and the Eucharist. For a little background, I reference N. T. Wright’s point that baptism serves … Continue reading

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Baptism/Amazing Grace: A Conversation Over Lunch, Part 29 (In Reply to Roger E. Olson)

Roger E. Olson wrote an article called “My Litmus Test” in support of his inclusivist views. “Inclusivist” is a term he uses for the notion that people who’ve never heard of Jesus might be saved. The article has been circulated … Continue reading

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Baptism/Amazing Grace: A Conversation Over Lunch, Part 28 (Of Wheat and Tares)

I just finished the series (for the second time!), only to realize that I’d not covered the parable of the wheat and the tares (or weeds). And this is a popular argument for erasing the line between those with and … Continue reading

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Baptism/Amazing Grace: A Conversation Over Lunch, Part 27 (In Reply to Keith Brenton, Part 4)

History What I’m trying to say is, should we presume either salvation or condemnation for the non-believer (who has not heard) with regard to a judgment that has not yet taken place and in the absence of incontrovertible clear specific … Continue reading

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Baptism/Amazing Grace: A Conversation Over Lunch, Part 26 (In Reply to Keith Brenton, Part 3)

Justice and mercy Won’t He judge them by their words and actions as we will be and judge with justice and mercy with them as well as with us? Yes, he’ll judge them by their words and actions, and he’ll … Continue reading

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Baptism/Amazing Grace: A Conversation Over Lunch, Part 25 (In Reply to Keith Brenton, Part 2)

Preaching “salvation” in Acts Moreover, we see clearly evidenced in Acts the missionary zeal of Paul and others to bring the gospel to a lost world. The martyrs gave their lives to save the lost from damnation. Those who preached … Continue reading

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Baptism/Amazing Grace: A Conversation Over Lunch, Part 25.1

Let’s see. Where to begin? Well, I’ve been in the hospital since Thursday, dealing with kidney stones. And what with the lasers, drugs, surgery, and all, I’ve not had many opportunities to post. The posts you’ve seen were written before … Continue reading

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Baptism/Amazing Grace: A Conversation Over Lunch, Part 24 (In Reply to Keith Brenton, Part 1)

[The last post was intended to be the conclusion of the series, but because Keith's comment is so pertinent to the question at hand, and because it pushed me deeper into God's word (which is always a pleasure), I'm posting this … Continue reading

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Baptism/Amazing Grace: A Conversation Over Lunch, Part 23

So there’s a line but not a line? Exactly. We love each other — fellow believers — with a special intensity, the kind of love known only among families. But we love unbelievers, too. But can’t share the same intimacy … Continue reading

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