Baptism

Jon Snow And Romans Seven

BY BROR ERICKSON

George R.R. Martin is famous for not allowing us much hope in his characters. The heroes all die. Some storytellers are incensed for the way he plays with the hopes of his readers. He certainly hasn't set out to tell the conventional story, where good wins and evil loses, though we all keep hoping good wins out.

Jon Snow And Romans Seven

The Old Testament Roots of Baptism: Part 2

BY DONAVON RILEY

God's Word, water, and the Spirit. Always when God creates and recreates, God's Word, water, and the Spirit are in play. Whether at the beginning of it all, or in the days of Noah, in the wilderness during the Exodus, or at Jesus' baptism in the Jordan River, and at the font today

The Old Testament Roots of Baptism: Part 2

The Old Testament Roots of Baptism: Part 1

BY DONAVON RILEY

Baptism isn't a new teaching. The past three to four hundred years have seen an increase in churchly debates about Baptism, but it isn't a new teaching. It wasn’t in Jesus' day, either. In fact, neither Jesus nor John the Baptist introduced baptism. It goes much further back.

The Old Testament Roots of Baptism: Part 1

Prodigal at the Well

BY KATHY STRAUCH

She was the talk of the town. Everyone knew her for all the wrong reasons.  While most sought shelter from the scorching sun, shuffling feet kicked up sand and dirt as they scurried to gather water under the sweltering heat. 

Prodigal at the Well

The Baptism that Swallowed the Rocks

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

The Church is a community. But the Church is not like other communities. That probably sounds arrogant. Is the Church’s community really different from all other communities? Yes. And for reasons that hardly seem evident at first glance.

The Baptism that Swallowed the Rocks

God Alone Saves, Right?

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I find in the pages of the Bible, a God who constantly saves. Right from the start, He proves this by rescuing Adam and Eve from their poor choice to rebel and sin. In doing that, he sets up a system that reconciles the world. That’s right, from the very first infraction, God rolls up his sleeves and says, “everyone will need this, not just these two knuckleheads.”

God Alone Saves, Right?

Someone Over the Rainbow

BY ZACK JAMES COLE

I hate driving. I am more of a “pew-pew” guy than a “vroom-vroom” guy. I battle my own heart every day in Atlanta traffic. Everybody on the highway might as well be chasing down Ichabod Crane because they are driving like the Headless Horseman. The only thing that soothes the savage beast inside me as I drive is a podcast or music from the 80s and 90s or “real” country music.

Someone Over the Rainbow

The Gracious Violence of God

BY DANIEL EMERY PRICE

What is your Goliath? What in your life seems so gigantic, you might never defeat it? Where is your Jericho? Where is the area in your life that you need to see the walls crumble? Who is your Pharaoh? Who is trying to chase you down and take away your freedom? Perhaps you’ve had a pastor or “Bible teacher” ask you these questions. I hate these questions.

The Gracious Violence of God

Never Buried Alone

BY DANIEL EMERY PRICE

Let’s be honest for a minute. The Bible has some strange stories in it. I’m not talking about just the miraculous nature of many of the stories but rather the seeming randomness of some of them. This story from 2 Kings 13 is both miraculous and really random. It’s only two verses long and recounts how a dead man was thrown into the grave of a deceased prophet and then came back to life.

Never Buried Alone

I Still Need the Sacraments

BY JAY SAWRIE

Growing up, I dreaded the first Sunday of each quarter. Every time during the evening service, we would have Lord’s Supper after the sermon. It was clockwork, without fail. I dreaded these services because they seemed to always have the same emphasis...

I Still Need the Sacraments

Where To Begin

BY DONAVON RILEY

I’m going to begin at the beginning. But which one? Birth? Kindergarten? My first drink? The first time I had sex? High school graduation? The first time I smoked a joint? The first time I tried to kill myself? Conversion? Baptism? Marriage? My first-born? Ordination? Which beginning do I begin with?

Where To Begin

You Can't Bring Up Baptism There!

BY DANIEL EMERY PRICE

If you’re looking for a book of the Bible to blow apart works righteousness and justification by adherence to the Law, Galatians is the book for you. I love Galatians.

You Can't Bring Up Baptism There!

Baptism Time Machine

BY BILL BRIMER

I felt the pit of my stomach drop down to my feet. A sense of dread washed over me. Everything that I’d recorded on my computer for the last four years was suddenly inaccessible. 

Baptism Time Machine

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 6 (Matthew 3:13-17)

Daniel Emery Price and Erick Sorensen explore the Baptism of Jesus. Why was He baptized? Why is righteousness at stake? What does it say about our repentance. These questions and more are addressed in this jam-packed 30 minutes. Check it out!

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 6 (Matthew 3:13-17)