The New Covenant, Baptism, and Properly-Realized Eschatology

The New Covenant, Baptism, and Properly-Realized Eschatology

The question of whether or not to baptize infants has been a very divisive issue throughout the history of Protestantism, dividing Protestantism roughly in half between Lutheran/Reformed and Baptist/Non-Denominational traditions. But instead of writing a post on how Sola Scriptura has been unable to address this “church-dividing issue,” I will instead focus on another issue, specifically the Reformed understanding of infant baptism...

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Baptism and Sola Fide

Baptism and Sola Fide

Today Catholics celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord, and most likely heard a homily on the topic of baptism accompanying the prayers, hymns, and readings that focused on this topic. As I sat in Mass this morning I was thinking about baptism and what a messy topic it was for me as a Reformed Protestant minister. On the one hand we have the teachings of the New Testament — teachings which are quite clear — about how...

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ECFs vs. WCF, Part 2

ECFs vs. WCF, Part 2

In response to those who have insisted that the dogma of transubstantiation is an illegitimate importation of medieval metaphysics into the teachings of the early church fathers (who denied that the substance of the bread and wine are changed into the very body and blood of Christ), I would adduce the following passages: For not as common bread nor common drink do we receive these; but since Jesus Christ our Savior was made incarnate by the word...

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New Passover for a New Exodus

New Passover for a New Exodus

Continuing our series on the Eucharist, Catholics understand Jesus to be a new Moses, and what kind of new Moses would he be if he did not inaugurate a new Exodus? And of course, what was it that launched the first Exodus but the celebration of the Passover? A new Exodus under the leadership of a new Moses, then, calls for a new Passover to kick things off. St. Paul clearly understood this typology. He wrote to the Corinthians in his first...

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ECFs vs. WCF

ECFs vs. WCF

Before we go any further in our series on the Eucharist, there’re a couple things I’d like to say. First, enough with the jumping from the theological or exegetical point under discussion to the whole throw-everything-at-the-Catholic-Church-but-the-kitchen-sink tactic, as if an appeal to lesbian nuns discredits the idea that the Eucharist is a sacrifice. Last I checked, guitars have room for more than one string, but if all you want...

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A Once-For-All Perpetual Offering?

A Once-For-All Perpetual Offering?

I had initially begun this as a comment to someone who brought up the once-for-all nature of Christ’s sacrifice in the comments in the previous thread, but then I decided to turn it into a full-on post. Since the book of Hebrews was alluded to (and indeed must be when we’re discussing the idea of sacrifice), here are a few passages I’d like to consider: Now the main point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high...

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