Tag: Theology

A Word to Seminary Students about Theology and Preaching

Amassing intellectual capital is an important part of Seminary training. In ministry, you’re going to need all you can lay your hands on! However, those of us who have been around the block a few times know that you cannot survive in ministry off that capital alone. Since you are constantly making withdrawals, you have   …Continue Reading


Fifteen years ago, I wrote about the negative impact a low view of biblical authority, rejection of propositional communication, and the focus on creating an experience, had on preaching. (David L. Allen, “A Tale of Two Roads: Homiletics and Biblical Authority,” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 43.3 [2000]: 489-515.) For example, David Butrick, in A   …Continue Reading


In October of 2013 I delivered a lecture on the extent of the atonement at Liberty University. I addressed two key biblical passages: Isaiah 53 and 1 Corinthians 15:1-11. The lecture seeks to demonstrate that the Bible affirms Christ died for the sins of all people. I explain why these texts cannot be interpreted to   …Continue Reading


My article, “Does Regeneration Precede Faith?” has just been released in New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry. The journal is online and the article can be accessed here: Does Regeneration Precede Faith? Here are a few excerpts: Why do most Calvinists believe regeneration precedes faith? There are two reasons. First,   …Continue Reading


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. http://www.amazon.com/Whosoever-Will-Biblical-Theological-Five-Point-Calvinism/dp/0805464166. 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


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

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

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

Baptism & Baptists – (Part 8) or “What did Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, & Wesley Say?”

Space does not permit an extensive evaluation of what the Church Fathers, paedobaptists and Baptists have said about the mode of baptism, nor is such necessary since their views have been well documented.[1] The older Baptist works defending baptism by immersion are laced with references to paedobaptists who have acknowledged that baptism was the mode   …Continue Reading