Category: Baptism

Closed Communion and Inerrancy – Part 1

When I entered seminary back in 1989, I was challenged by teaching that has come to be described as neo-orthodoxy. This teaching was presented as being open minded to what others believe. It was presented as the “humility” approach to understanding scripture without forcing one’s belief on another. I struggled with much of the teaching, […]

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Baptist Identity = Baptist Faith and Message

When I began my theological education, I remember a former Systematic Theology professor making a statement that troubled me until I could work through it. He said; “It makes no difference how many angels can dance on the head of a pin as long as we can agree that angels can dance on the head […]

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The Local Church as the Authority of Baptism

In this article by John Mann, he explores the idea of whether there can be a true church without the proper administration of the ordinances. For the Anabaptist , the atrophied doctrine among Rome, Wittenberg, and Geneva was a biblical ecclesiology. Indeed, a proper ecclesiology was the essence of the Anabaptist movement. Foundational to proper […]

Landmarker or BF&M Confessional?

On other blogs and some of the comments on Wes Kenney’s recent post, there seems to be some confusion concerning what Southern Baptists have adopted as our confession of beliefs regarding baptism and the Lord’s supper. Wes dealt with this subject of baptism and the Lord’s table two years ago. The post and comments are […]

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Lifeway Poll Reveals Concerns on Baptism

I am excited to see that an overwhelming majority of Southern Baptist pastors accept and affirm, as a conviction, their belief in baptism by immersion.  This further demonstrates that our basic belief in this doctrine is firmly placed within the Southern Baptist Convention.  This belief about baptism is not just a cultural embellishment, but a […]