Monday, April 24, 2023 Sacramental Theology 238
The Bible makes astounding claims for baptism.
Saturday, April 15, 2023 Church 120
Paul’s formula for unity in Ephesians 4:5 is helpful because of its balance: there is one faith, one Lord, one baptism (+ one Eucharist) — that is to say, there is the content of the faith, the way it is lived out under Christ’s lordship, and the sacramental boundaries drawn around the church. All three are important ingredients in our unity. The objectivity of the covenant matters, but nothing objective guarantees subjective faithfulness. Unity has both objective and subjective elements.
Monday, April 10, 2023 Sacramental Theology 126
Infant baptism is a sign of God's multi-generational faithfulness. God's covenants always include the next generation. We Presbyterians call this "covenant succession." The promise God makes to believing parents is, "I will be your God and the God of your children." The hope, based on this promise, is that the faith will be passed on from one generation to the next in an unbroken chain.
Thursday, April 06, 2023 Bible 69
Here some belated notes to go with this year's Maundy Thursday sermon :
Sunday, April 02, 2023 Bible 110
Palm Sunday perfectly captures the paradoxes of the gospel. It juxtaposes glory and humility.
Friday, March 31, 2023 Bible 232
And he shall come again, with glory, to judge the the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.... and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. -- Nicene Creed ----- With the scourge of hyperpreterism making a reappearance recently, I dredged up an old email on the topic. Back in 2007, we had a hyperpreterist visit our congregation for a few weeks. It was obvious he was looking for a place where he could proselytize. He had listened to some of my sermons and Sunday school classes online and knew I was a “partial preterist.” We had a few in person discussions and an email exchange before it became clear we were not going to budge on orthodoxy and he was not going to submit. So he moved on. While he attended our congregation, he generally participated in the worship service, but he would not recite the Nicene Creed (we include the creed in the liturgy every week). When I explained to him that he needed to join in confessing the faith of the church or he could never belong to the church, he was disappointed. He had hoped I would be sympathetic and even expected to convince me of his position. But after my discussions with him, I was more convinced of the historic orthodox position than ever. The email below is not the whole of our discussion, but gets at some of the basic problems with the hyperpreterist position. I have removed a bit of personal information and a made a few edits such as updating links, but otherwise this is my email to him. I hope it will be helpful in light of current controversies.
Monday, March 13, 2023 Bible 109
I want to provide a little more follow up to my two recent sermons on Psalm 19.