Note: I have updated the first bullet point with a few thoughts from Doug Moo’s commentary on Romans. I often joke that I am one sprinkled baby away from becoming a Presbyterian. Aside from infant baptism and their church governance structure, I am fairly aligned with most of the theological convictions of the PCA (the conservative branch for those of you who get worried when the word “Presbyterian” comes up), the RCA, or the EPC. I doubt I will ever baptize an infant, or have my children baptized as infants, so let me get those cards on the table now. I am a … Continue reading Thinking About Infant Baptism
Have you ever noticed how seemingly flippant the apostles quote the Old Testament in relation to Jesus? On the surface, it appears that they use the Hebrew Scriptures as a grab bag, just pulling whatever the want out of context in order to built up Jesus’ reputation. This could not be further from the truth. In Luke 24:27 and John 5:39, Jesus said that the law and prophets bear witness to him. So in Acts 2:25-28, when Peter quotes David in Psalm 16, he is following Jesus’ most basic interpretive principal: everything in the Bible is about Jesus. In Psalm … Continue reading Psalm 16 and Jesus
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? (Romans 6:3) How could someone, Paul argues, who has died with Christ through the public display of baptism (the external display of an internal reality; the symbolic representation of our death and resurrection with Christ) still continue to obey sin as a master? Baptism is a display of what Paul spoke of in 2:29, “But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter.” Baptism is an outward act … Continue reading Christian and Unbaptized? Unthinkable.
I don’t know a lot of things. I’ll be the first to admit. I’d like to think of myself as a well-read, intellectual person. But let’s be honest. I’m average. The good news is that I’m okay with that (most of the time). As a matter of fact, most people are just that. Average. The quicker we actually admit this, we’ll actually start to see the beautiful things that resemble the image of God in our lives, instead of focusing on what we lack. So when I offer my thoughts on church planting — or, well, really anything on this … Continue reading Thoughts on church planting from a guy who doesn’t know anything
I don’t really like labels in Christianity, because on the surface, they seem to divide people who are Christians. That can be true. But it is also true that labels can be helpful when talking to people who are not Christian, but say they are. In today’s pluralistic, postmodern, theological buffet-type culture, we must be able to distinguish our beliefs from other false ideas about Christianity. To say to someone, “I’m a Christian,” is biblically correct, and should be sufficient (it would have been in the first century). At the same time a friend might say to me, “I’m a … Continue reading Try to be absolutely clear when you say, “I am a Christian”
FoxNews reports that a Planned Parenthood worker in Texas quit after seeing an ultrasound of a baby being aborted. Here’s a snippet: Abby Johnson, 29, used to escort women from their cars to the clinic in the eight years she volunteered and worked for Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas. But she says she knew it was time to leave after she watched a fetus “crumple” as it was vacuumed out of a patient’s uterus in September. The most intriguing part of this article was when Johnson described the driving force behind the clinic’s abortions: “Every meeting that we had was, … Continue reading Abortion and Artemis: The Damning Desire of Lust for Wealth