Entrusted with the Gospel

Appropriately enough given what we were speaking about yesterday, this month an important new book was released by Crossway. Entrusted with the Gospel is based on expositions of 2 Timothy and has a broad range of contributors. Here is what I said about it, I encourage you to go buy a copy and read it! Here is what I said about it: “Piper, Ryken, Driscoll, Copeland, Chapell, and Duncan are very different people, but they are all proven champions of the unchanging gospel of Jesus. This book w … [Read more...]

Book Both "Together" Conferences NOW

I can't offer two conferences for the price of one, but I can—in one post—discuss two conferences which, for all the similarities of their names, do have some important differences. For a start, they are on opposite sides of the Atlantic, so booking into the wrong one would be a significant logistical headache! I am quite sure, however, that many will cross the "pond" to attend one of what I am calling the "Together" conferences. In fact. they don't happen at the same time, so it is very pos … [Read more...]

Rediscovering Theopedia

I have spent a bit of time over the last few days rediscovering Theopedia. It is not quite so frenetic and unstructured as Wikkipedia. This is probably due to its requirement that you acknowledge a statement of faith and be registered before editing items. They are keen for more contributors and if you have good quality material you have blogged and are willing to adapt, they are happy for it to be included in their articles with the appropriate acknowledgments. Would be great to have a few more … [Read more...]

Why Baptism, the Lord's Supper, and Church Membership Differences Exist

Lig Duncan has promised us he will write more on the reasons why this debate is not an easy one to resolve. His statement got me thinking, and while I'm still resisting the temptation to state who I agree with, it has rattled around in my brain long enough for me to want to have a go at explaining why these disagreements are almost inevitable.To me the whole issue is about something else altogether. It's really about authority. Different understandings of how to run a local church make these … [Read more...]

Lig Duncan On the Great Baptism, Church Membership, and Lord's Supper Debate

Lig Duncan has responded resoundingly to both sides of the debate about whether he should be allowed to join a Baptist church. He argues that these differences are important and demonstrate a passion for truth that is critical. Here is just some of what he says:". . . let me say that this significant difference (on baptism and church membership), far from being fatal to our unity, is precisely one of the reasons that Mark and Al and C. J. and I are in fact "Together for the Gospel." It is … [Read more...]

"Lig Duncan Baptized as a Believer," Reveals Justin Taylor

In news that will shake the blogosphere, Justin Taylor has not only shown that he is with Sam Storms on these issues, he has exclusively revealed that Lig Duncan was not baptized as an infant! Anyone questioning his commitment to the Presbyterian cause would no doubt be told "It wasn't my fault my parents didn't baptize me!" which perhaps to a credobaptist is precisely the point! Anyway here is what Justin said: Trusted sources tell Between Two Worlds that Ligon Duncan was not baptized as an … [Read more...]

Lig Duncan Speaks Up for Paedobaptists

Lig has written about his main reasons for believing in paedobaptism. What he hasn't said is whether he thinks he should be allowed to become a member in a baptist church if he wanted to, or whether a baptist would be free to join his church. Here are Lig's arguements for christening babies:-1. God, in both the Old and New Testaments, explicitly makes a promise to believers and to their children (Genesis 17:7; Acts 2:39).2. God, in both the Old and New Testaments, explicitly attaches specific … [Read more...]

Mark Dever and Ancient Baptistries

Mark Dever has been visiting ancient baptistries during his ministry trip to Italy. This picture is of the baptistry in which Ambrose baptised Augustine.Everybody's favorite Presbyterians, Lig Duncan and David Wayne, will be interested to know some facts about this baptistry.Firstly, it's BIG — surely only necessary if you are planning to baptise an adult by immersion?Secondly, it's round so that everyone can get a good view, suggesting that baptism is seen as a testimony to others at least as m … [Read more...]

Shepherds Conference IV – Lig Duncan on the Book of Numbers

Tim is doing a sterling job as usual live-blogging for us. I am especially enjoying his little throw-away comments that really give you a feel for what the place is like. My big question? How much “physical expression” is there in the worship times, Tim? Anyway, here's a quote that stood out to me from his notes from Duncan’s session. Challies begins by explaining that he was giving us a “specific example of mining seemingly-strange and irrelevant passages of the Old Testament and using them to p … [Read more...]

T4G – My Response to Lig Duncan's Talk

Well, despite all my posts on the Together for the Gospel Conference, this is actually only my second post written as a response to a specific talk. Lig Duncan's was the second talk I chose to listen to since downloading the talks as MP3s. I have already collected a few quotes from this talk in a previous post, and of course Tim Challies did a great summary post whilst actually at the conference.This was a very different talk than that of John Piper. Although Piper's talk has received much of … [Read more...]


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