Eight-Sided Baptisteries And The Resurrection Of Jesus

There are two rites/ceremonials acts that God has given the church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Both of these are simple actions that symbolize much deeper, greater realities. Singing is singing and praying is praying, but when it comes to baptism and the Supper, there’s something more than what meets the eye. There is water,Continue reading “Eight-Sided Baptisteries And The Resurrection Of Jesus”

Baptism And Wedding Vows

If you listen closely to the vows couples exchange during a wedding ceremony (whether they are traditional or ones they have written), they all have the same intent and purpose and say the same thing. They are promises that each will commit themselves to the attitudes and actions conducive to happy, healthy marriages. No oneContinue reading “Baptism And Wedding Vows”

No Reason To Go Back

Imagine you owe a mountain of money—much more than you can repay. It’s all your fault—you spent a little too much here, a little more there. You went through credit cards like they were candy. You didn’t plan for certain expenses you knew were coming. Before you knew it, you were in a hole youContinue reading “No Reason To Go Back”

Baptism and Coming to God (1)

1.  Baptism is the immersion in water of a penitent believer. Acts 8:36-39 says:  As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the  chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the waterContinue reading “Baptism and Coming to God (1)”

Connecting with Church (2)

How does a person connect with God’s community (the church)? Since church is God’s community, it is entered into by coming into relationship with Him through Jesus. In the fifth chapter of Ephesians, Paul speaks of Jesus loving the church and giving Himself up for her (v. 25). He then says in v. 26, that Jesus cleansed her,Continue reading “Connecting with Church (2)”

What Makes A Best Man (or Woman)

John 3:22-30 is a passage that is tucked away between Jesus’ encounter with Nicodemus and His visit with the women at the well in Samaria. It’s like the U.S. Grant Memorial which sits between the Washington Monument and the U.S Capitol—by  its very location it tends to be overlooked and under-valued. But as we’ll see,Continue reading “What Makes A Best Man (or Woman)”

Nicodemus and the New Birth (2)

Under the law God had given through Moses, Jewish people like Nicodemus entered into a covenant relationship with God by virtue of their physical birth into the nation (there was more to it than that, of course, but that was where it began). With the coming of Christ, covenant relationship no longer came through theContinue reading “Nicodemus and the New Birth (2)”

John’s baptism and ours

Brandon asks, Why is baptism used before Jesus? I thought baptism signified Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Why would baptism be used by John if that’s what it is for?  As the question suggests, the two baptisms are closely related but also have important differences.  Think of it like an engagement ring and a wedding ring.  The engagement ringContinue reading “John’s baptism and ours”

Rooting ourselves in community

It’s no secret to anyone who spends any time in 1 Corinthians that the disciples were suffering serious problems due to their divisiveness. Paul points to this out at the start and returns to it frequently throughout the letter. It is one of the major themes in 1 Corinthians. I suppose there They were severalContinue reading “Rooting ourselves in community”