Baptism is not the Replacement of Circumcision

It is a common aspect of Reformed sacramental theology that a parallel is made between the Old Testament rite of circumcision, and the New Testament sacrament of baptism. This connection is foundational for the baptismal theology of Ulrich Zwingli and the consequent reformed tradition. It is noteworthy, however, that such a strong connection does not appear in any significant sense in the church fathers. One might wonder then exactly why such a parallel became so prominent. It appears that the … [Read more...]

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...]

Five Reasons Why Babies Should be Baptized

I recorded a video for my Youtube channel which gives five brief reasons why infant baptism is a biblical practice.Check it out here! … [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...]

Christian Liberty, 2KR, and Infant Baptism

On today's program, I addressed a number of listener questions. I discussed Christian liberty and the use/non-use of alcohol, some thoughts on the two kinds of righteousness in relation to my most recent book, as well as the efficacy of regeneration as connected with infant baptism.I apologize for the not-so-great audio quality.Here is the program … [Read more...]

A Defense of Infant Baptism

On today's program, I spent the entire hour giving a defense of infant baptism. I went through the outline I used at a recent Bible study for my congregation. This was purposefully at a lay level, so please send this one to your baptist friends!Here is the program … [Read more...]

Outline for a Bible Study on Infant Baptism

 I'm currently doing a Bible study series in my congregation on the distinctive practices and teachings of the Lutheran church. Our first class was on the subject of infant baptism. Feel free to use this outline in your own congregation, or for personal study:    Why do we baptize infants?Whose work is baptism? Is it God’s work, or man’s work?The believer’s only Baptist view says that baptism is our work. Through baptism, we show to the w … [Read more...]

Should Parents View Their Children as Unbelievers? A Response to Todd Friel

Numerous people pointed me to some recent tweets from Todd Friel in the last few days and asked for a response. I think doing so is worth the time because it clearly outlines some of the practical implications of Credobaptist theology over against a Paedobaptist one.Friel wrote:Todd Friel is known for his work on the program Wretched Radio, and works in the area of discernment. He has been a constant critic of mega-church ideologies, the prosperity gospel, and other problematic … [Read more...]