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I hope your infants and little children are baptized into the covenant of grace

November 6, 2013
I hope your infants and little children are baptized into the covenant of grace

J. C. Ryle writes that if Jesus wasn't circumcised on the eighth day, he would be "regarded by all Jews as nothing better than an uncircumcised Gentile and an apostate from the faith of the fathers."

What Did Conversion to Christianity Mean to First-Century Jews Who Had Children?

March 9, 2013
What Did Conversion to Christianity Mean to First-Century Jews Who Had Children?

The promise of forgiveness and renewal by the Spirit is spoken specifically to the children of Peter's listeners. But the point is: In expanding his community of grace to the Gentiles, God will not expel the children.

Should Reformed Churches Recognize Rome’s Baptisms?

February 8, 2013
Should Reformed Churches Recognize Rome’s Baptisms?

Read the Minority Report, then tell us what you think: Should Reformed churches recognize Roman Catholic baptisms?

A Tearful Pilgrimage

November 30, 2012
A Tearful Pilgrimage

"Somehow these reformed theologians managed to maintain their paedobaptist conviction. What was I missing? How could one who saw no express command to baptize infants still baptize infants? This was the rub."

Is it Biblical for a lifeguard to perform a baptism?

May 11, 2010
Is it Biblical for a lifeguard to perform a baptism?

In the secular world, accountants, auto mechanics, doctors, engineers, electricians, lawyers, plumbers, train operators, etc., can only practice their profession if they have a license. But if evangelicals would not trust a doctor to build their houses or an auto mechanic to do a root canal, why do they put a biblically-illiterate Tommy Lee in charge of their souls?

The Unshakable Church

January 19, 2010
The Unshakable Church

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 22:15-25; Revelation 3:7-13 A sermon preached on January 17, 2009 at Davao United Covenant Reformed Church on the occasion of their 10th Anniversary To download a printer-friendly PDF version of this sermon, click here. Introduction When Vic Bernales, Pete Dimaya and I considered starting Sunday worship services in the latter part of […]

How Pilgrims Persevere in Suffering

June 16, 2009

In 1 Peter 4:12-19, the apostle reminds us that as pilgrims in this fallen world, we are not to be surprised, we are not to be ashamed, and we are not to doubt God's faithfulness when sufferings come. This was how believers throughout history endured unimaginable sufferings.

Pilgrims United to Christ in Suffering and Victory

May 15, 2009

This is the good news for you: that not only are you united to him in his suffering and dying unjustly for your sin, but also in his glorious resurrection. This is your hope as you continue in your pilgrimage in this perishing world of pain and persecution.

What do you mean by “profession of faith”?

May 6, 2009

After persevering through the catechism and review classes, and 1-1/2 to 2 hours of interviewing by the elders, Maria Teresa Cadaoas, Jill Abarra and Russel De Guzman: welcome to Pasig Covenant Reformed Church family of Christ!

“Does Baptism ‘Save’?” (1 Peter 3:21)

April 18, 2009

"Either the the flood waters/baptism waters are a judgment, i.e. they signal condemnation (for those who are not identified with Christ) or they signal salvation for those who are identified with Christ, who are in the ark." - Dr. R. Scott Clark

This paedo wonders about Peter and the Jewish convert

March 21, 2009

Reacting to a post by Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., Dr. Scott Clark of Westminster Seminary says that he is not offended by Dever's assertion that the presbyterians' practice of infant baptism is "a sinful (though sincere) error."

What 1 Corinthians 10:2 means

September 5, 2008

Paul, therefore, is saying that as Israel crossed the sea, they were united into Moses, who had authority over them from God and who led them in their escape from Egypt and in the crossing of the sea. Continuing with his commentary on the Exodus narrative, Paul points out that Israel partook of the one spiritual food and drink which God gave them through their "baptism" into Moses.

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