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Covenantal Baptism

Why do we baptize infants and will I have to baptize mine? ...

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Part 7: The Takeaway

I hope this series has been helpful. I know not everyone agrees with me and others may think I have made too much of a debate they don't even think exists, but I have needed this. Much of this series has been about putting into words things that have been in my head for years. But, since putting thoughts into words is more powerful than just thinking about them, I can say ...

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Part 3: Sanctification

Much of the Bible describes and teaches sanctification, yet sanctification is a concept that Lutheran theology* fails to grasp. This makes it confusing to hear Lutherans talk about large chunks of Scripture. This theology, as mentioned before, is so focused on justification by faith that it doesn't have much room for anything else. Here are some quick definitions to help ...

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Part 4: Transformation

Here is a conversation I once had with a Lutheran-styled pastor.* It is not the only one of its kind. Me: I am just struggling to trust God that he will provide. Pastor: That makes sense. You actually mean, you don't really want to trust God. Me: No, I really do. I desperately want to. Pastor: No, you are depraved and want your own way. Not Christ's. Me: It sounds l...

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Part 5: The Law

This post references one of the striking differences between Calvin and Luther* - their view of God's law. Even the biblical writers seemed to have a volatile and confusing relationship with the Law of God. No wonder we as Christians do too. One example is how the law guards us. In some passages the law guards us like a saintly old watchdog (Psa 94:12) while other passage...

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Part 6: Where this Leads

NT Wright makes a startling statement in his book "Justification." He says: I have often reflected that if it had been the Reformed view of Paul and the law, rather than the Lutheran one, that had dominated biblical scholarship through the two hundred years since the Enlightenment, ...the new perspective [would] not have been necessary. (Justification, pg. 72) When I...

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Part 1: My Own Captivity

This is a tricky subject and one that may seem unimportant, but it is actually critical. I know it is something I feel strongly about, and something that has been central to my own journey of faith. My own story is probably a decent way to get at the issue. When I came into the Presbyterian Church in America I was nothing more than a Reformed Baptist. I didn't know much b...

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Part 2: What is Lutheranism?

Martin Luther was, obviously, the father of Lutheranism. He was, by all accounts, obsessed over his sin. He could never feel free from the guilt he carried with him. When Luther made the turn towards what would become Protestantism, he saw it as a triumph of grace and forgiveness over and against the law and guilt of sin. Luther was not all wrong. In fact, he was way more...

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The Mode of Baptism

Why do we baptize through pouring of water?...

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