January

1. A Horse and His Boy by Lewis2. The Shaping of the Reformed Baptismal Rite in the Sixteenth Century by Old3. 100 Cupboards by Wilson

God the Liberal

I said last week that this table is political. Here, our King calls us to his table and communes with us as his subjects, and we enact our loyalty and allegiance to our King. But this table also reveals God’s political bias. We tend to divide politics into conservative and liberal, and this means different…

Third Sunday after Epiphany: Exodus XX.15: Eighth Commandment

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, we come before you as your people, bought and purchased with the blood of Christ. We are your possessions, your holy ones, and therefore we submit ourselves to you. We know that true freedom is found in your life, and therefore we ask that you would bestow that life upon us…

Eat the Fat and Drink the Sweet

Epiphany is the manifestation of God in Christ. We celebrate the coming of the Magi as the revelation of God as King over all the nations. We celebrate the baptism of Jesus as the revelation of the Trinity, and God’s intentions to cleanse us from out sin. We also celebrate Christ’s first miracle, turning water…

All Baptism is Infant Baptism

I want to direct this meditation in two directions this morning. First, to the saints of Holy Trinity: To some of you, it may seem a little odd to be having a baptism of this gentleman that we have just met a week or two ago. But the lesson that has just been read and…

For Opa

My daughter takes all comers. You should have seen that poor boy when she was done with him.

Promises and Election

Some in the recent presbyterian debates have suggested that God has given us the covenant and the sacraments, and that it is not really our responsibility to search the secret things of God. We don’t have access to the list of the elect to glory. We have God’s Word. We have baptism and the Eucharist,…

Early Bucer

More from D.F. Wright: He quotes Bucer in his Ephesians commentary of 1527 as saying, “Faith and the Spirit are God’s gift; he bestows them when he sees fit, not at our word. Certainly those who, as believers already, were baptized by the apostles, had previously been sealed by the Holy Spirit and received faith:…

Bucer on Baptism and the State

Turns out I do have some of David Wright’s work on Bucer in the form of Martin Bucer: Reforming Church and Community. Wright notes that under Bucer’s direction, the Strasbourg church ordinance of 1534required that “all children born to citizens must be baptized as infants” (96). Infants were required to be brought within six weeks…

More Bucer on Baptism

What is quite striking about Bucer’s theology of baptism is the differences between his Grund und Ursach (c. 1524) and his commentary on the Book of Common Prayer (c. 1549). As Steven pointed out in the comments below, it is generally recognized that there was considerable development in Bucer’s baptismal theology throughout his ministry. Initially,…