Monthly Archives: March 2015


Five years ago this week, Whosoever Will: a Biblical-Theological Critique of Five-Point Calvinism, which I co-edited along with Dr. Steve Lemke, was published by B&H Academic. The book is a collection of papers delivered at the 2008 John 3:16 Conference held at First Baptist Church, Woodstock, GA. Each paper dealt with one of the letters of   …Continue Reading

The Expositor in the Pulpit – Part 1

When I was a teenage preacher, in virtually every pastor’s study I entered I saw on the shelf the four-volume set Word Studies in the New Testament by Marvin R. Vincent. The work was originally published in 1887 and it remains in print. It is Vincent’s best known work. Vincent (1834-1922) was a Greek scholar,   …Continue Reading


Our Anabaptist and Baptist forefathers were mistreated, imprisoned, tortured and murdered by Catholic and Protestant alike over their commitment to a New Testament ecclesiology centered around believer’s baptism by immersion. I wonder if we modern day Southern Baptists will follow our forefathers to so radical a conclusion. Today some Baptist pastors are willing to lead   …Continue Reading

Sermon Snippet on 1 John 2:4

Some people seem to have the mindset that because they are eternally secure in their salvation, how they live does not matter so much. This is the kind of thinking that John strongly refutes in 1 John 2:4 – Listen to F. W. Farrar practically apply verse 4 in his 1890 sermon on this passage:   …Continue Reading

Baptism as Immersion: Theological Evidence – Baptism & Baptists, Part 11

The two bedrock passages concerning the theology of baptism are Romans 6:3-5 and Colossians 2:12. In Rom 6:4 baptism not only symbolizes identification with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection; it declares our burial with him. It is precisely here that the true significance of the mode of baptism comes into play. Baptism is   …Continue Reading

Archaeological Evidence for Baptism by Immersion – Baptists & Baptism, Part 10

While in England this past summer I came across a book entitled Baptismal Fonts Classified and Illustrated. This work is one of the most significant archaeological studies of baptismal fonts by paedobaptist E. Tyrrell-Green. I was struck by his candor regarding the mode of baptism in his introduction. “In the earliest times it was natural   …Continue Reading


NOTE: This is a portion of my sermon on 1 John 1:5-10 in my commentary 1-3 John: Fellowship in the Family, published by Crossway. The focus is on 1 John 1:5. This statement, “God is light,” has been interpreted in different ways. First, it could be a description of the visible manifestation of God’s glory.   …Continue Reading

How Luther and Calvin Led the Way for Sprinkling Instead of Immersion in Baptism – Baptism and Baptists – Part 9

NOTE: This is Part 9 of a multi-part series on Baptism and Baptists. Today’s post deals with the historical data concerning the rise of sprinkling as a mode of baptism. Since even paedobaptists are agreed that the apostolic practice was immersion, how and why did a change take place in the early church? Affusion was   …Continue Reading

“Earnestly Contending for the Faith Once for All Delivered to the Saints” – Jude 3-4

NOTE: These are my notes that I used March 2 at the Expository Preaching Workshop on “Preaching Jude” at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The lecture along with these notes will be posted online within a few weeks at “…I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to earnestly contend for the faith once   …Continue Reading