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Born of Water: My Teaching and a Few FAQs

[Reposted from January 2015, with some updates.] 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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Born of Water: John 3:1-8, Part 3

c. Although Leon Morris found no evidence that “water” was used as a metaphor for birth in koine Greek, he found plenty of evidence that “water” is used as a metaphor for conception. “Water” may be connected with procreation. This … Continue reading

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Born of Water: John 3:1-8, Part 2

b. Baptism is very much in the context. John 1:19 ff. discusses the baptism of John. Indeed, in 1:26, John the Baptist says “I baptize with water” and in 1:33, John says that Jesus “will baptize with the Holy Spirit.” … Continue reading

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Born of Water: John 3:1-8, Part 1

[There was a section by this name in the original Born of Water, but I entirely rewrote it.] Now, as we’ve seen, there are plenty of passages that teach that if you have faith and are baptized, then you are … Continue reading

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Born of Water: Don’t we contact the blood of Christ at baptism?

In the Churches of Christ, it’s long been taught that souls are cleansed when we contact the blood of Christ in baptism. Very typical is this from Jeffrey Asher[1] – I submit that the Scriptures teach the blood of Christ … Continue reading

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Homosexuality: The Conversation in the United Methodist Church

Adam Hamilton is  senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, a congregation of 20,000 members. He recently posted a blog article captioned “The Bible, Homosexuality, and the UMC — Part One.” He has not yet … Continue reading

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Born of Water: Baptism as a Story that Defines Us, Part 2

We’ve all experienced our own Exodus, our own escape from slavery, our own defeat of the armies of the enemy, our own entry into the protection and leadership of God – through baptism. And this tells us how to live … Continue reading

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Pepperdine

I’d been planning on being at the Pepperdine lectureship for nearly a year now, and scheduled to teach two classes on baptism. Unfortunately, my arthritis has badly flared and I can’t handle either the flight or the walking. I was … Continue reading

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Born of Water: Baptism as a Story that Defines Us, Part 1

Over the next few days, I’m going to post some new material written for the new edition of Born of Water. Most Americans have a Western mindset, born of the Enlightenment and, long before that, the Greek philosophers. We think … Continue reading

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Born of Water Expanded

Last night, I got an unusually good night’s sleep, and I woke up realizing that I failed to conclude the book with a practical applications chapter. And so I added new chapter 14. And then I added chapter 15 (excerpts … Continue reading

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