Five Scriptural Proofs that Baptism Saves

One of the uniquenesses of Lutheran theology in the broader world of Protestantism is the conviction that Baptism is not a mere sign, but an instrument of salvation. I have recently recorded a video on this subject, which serves as a basic introduction to the Biblical teaching on baptism.Here is the video … [Read more...]

The Biblical Theme of Water

On today's program, I discussed water as a Biblical theme. I began with the Spirit hovering over the water in Genesis 1, and then discussed the flood, the crossing of the Red Sea, and Levitical washings. I demonstrated that all of these ideas are fulfilled in Holy Baptism.Here is the program.This is the previous program in the series on clothing.  … [Read more...]

A Study on Infant Baptism

This is a study guide that I prepared on the topic of infant baptism for confirmation students, but I thought that the material might be beneficial for anyone looking to lead any kind of study on the topic.Here is the PDF. BaptismStudyGuide … [Read more...]

Second Response to Rev. Schwertley on Baptismal Regeneration

On today's program, I continued my response to Rev. Brian Schwertley on the topic of baptismal regeneration. I discussed the relationship between faith and baptism, monergism and baptism, and other important issues.Here is the videoHere is the audio … [Read more...]

A Defense of Baptismal Regeneration in Response to Brian Schwertley

On today's program, I defended the doctrine of baptismal regeneration in response to a sermon preached by Rev. Brian Schwertley titled, "Sacramentalism refuted." I addressed the nature of the means of grace, how baptismal efficacy does not negate sola fide, and many other important issues. Check it out!Here is the audio.Here is the video. … [Read more...]

This Week’s Podcast on Baptized into Christ

On today's program, Lisa Cooper was a guest host, as she interviewed Jordan about his new book Baptized into Christ: A Guide to the Christian Life. They talked about the distinction between law and gospel, baptism, the two kinds of righteousness, and many other important topics.Here is the program.You can buy the book here. … [Read more...]

Regeneration and Repentance

On today's program, I was joined once again by Rev. Lewis Polzin as we continued our discussion of Henry Eyster Jacobs' book A Summary of the Christian Faith. In going through the ordo salutis, we approached the topic of regeneration. This is, in my opinion, one of our best programs, as we addressed a number of extremely important topics including: the nature of regeneration, infant faith, baptism, repentance, the fruits of repentance, and the importance of pastoral care in the application of … [Read more...]

How Did Christians 500 Years Ago “Do Church”?

Post by Nathan RinneIn just a couple of years, the 500-year anniversary of Martin Luther’s putting forth the 95 theses - which launched what is called the Reformation - will be upon us.As we Lutherans like to say, if Luther’s actions – and those who adhered to his teaching – were rebellious in any sense, it was a peculiar kind of rebellion. These were, as Jaroslav Pelikan put it, “obedient rebels”. Their reformation was, according to 19th c. Lutheran theologian Charles Porterfield Krauth, … [Read more...]

Response to James White on Baptismal Regeneration Part 3

On today's program I finished my response to James White's article "A Brief Rebuttal of Baptismal Regeneration." I discussed Acts 2:38 and the meaning of baptism "for the remission of sins," as well as the washing away of sins in Acts 22:16. We continued to demonstrate the false dichotomy presented by White regarding the efficacy of the cross and baptismal regeneration, and addressed his closing remarks in the essay.Here is the program … [Read more...]

Response to James White on Baptismal Regeneration Part 2

On today's program, I continued my response to James White'a article "A Brief Rebuttal of Baptismal Regeneration." We looked at several Biblical texts about baptism and continued to discuss the false dichotomy of salvation by grace or salvation through baptism.Here is the program Here is James White's original article: A Brief Rebuttal of Baptismal Regeneration. … [Read more...]