• Guest Contributors,  Path of Death,  Series

    Day 9: Remember That You Are Dust: Baptism and Memento Mori During Lent

    Written by J Vincent Santini Lent is a time to intentionally confront all the ways the first Adam continues to control our lives, to carry these ways to the cross to let them be crucified with Jesus, and to bury them in the tomb never to rise again, through this journey we enter into his death and become new creatures in the Resurrection.1 Lent gives us a time to repent from things that keep us from God and to focus our attention on the life, death, and Resurrection of Christ. Earthly things are wonderful when they are kept in the right perspective as gifts from God, but all to often…

  • Blogs

    Baptism & The Lord’s Supper Part II

    Written by Dr. Timothy Brophy   At the time of the Protestant Reformation, there was much disagreement regarding the nature of and, therefore, the number of sacraments.  For the sake of brevity, I will focus on the conclusions and definitions that emerged from the English Reformation.  Article XXV (“Of the Sacraments”) of the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion states that “Sacraments ordained of Christ be not only badges or tokens of Christian men’s profession, but rather they be certain sure witnesses, and effectual signs of grace, and God’s good will towards us, by the which he doth work invisibly in us, and doth not only quicken, but also strengthen and confirm…

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    Baptism & The Lord’s Supper Part I

    Written by Dr. Timothy Brophy   The Lord Jesus Christ instituted two ceremonial rites (or sacraments) for his followers to observe.  Baptism was given as a one-time rite of initiation into the New Covenant community and the Lord’s Supper as a regular rite of remembrance (Packer, 1993, 209).  These were gifts from the Lord, given as signs and seals of their covenant relationship with God, and as means of grace until his second coming (Packer, 1993, 209-210).  Originally part of the same initiation process, baptism and the Lord’s Supper have been inextricably linked from the earliest days of the church. 

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    Is a Church That Believes Baptism Is Not Commanded a True Church?

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. In Romans 6 Paul hinges his entire argument on the correlation between physical baptism and spiritual rebirth. From this one can conclude that baptism should not merely be regarded as a surface level tradition done simply because it is what Christians do. Rather baptism carries with it much significance as it connects the believer, even if only symbolically, with Christ in his death and resurrection.