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The Case for Covenantal Infant Baptism Paperback – August 1, 2003
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"Any church that desires to pass the torch of the gospel to the next generation must understand this book." --John P. Sartelle Sr.
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Bryan Chapell "A Pasotoral Overciew of Infant Baptism" - This essay attempts to give readers an overview of a pastoral explanation of infant baptism. Instead of being rigorous exegetically and theologically, a practical explanation is given. It is a good practical explanation of the practice, but does lack the rigor of the other essays.
Daniel Doriani "Matthew 28:18-20 and the Institution of Baptism" - This essay is a good explanation of how the institution of baptism in Matthew 28 and Mark 16 does not preclude the baptism of infants. It is fairly rigorous in its exegesis, but it could have been better.
Joel Beeke and Ray Lanning "Unto You and to Your Children" - This was a good essay of a neglected text by Baptists, however it was very repetitive. It could have been better, though.
Jonathan Watt "The Oikos Formula" - This was a good essay on the nature of the household in the Jewish world. It goes over the linguistic usage of 'oikos' and all of its cognats in the New Testament. It was well written.
Mark Ross "Baptism and Circumcision as Signs and Seals" - This was an essay designed to connect baptism as circumcision and what all they signify. Overall, it was fairly well written.
Joseph Pipa "The Mode of Baptism" - This essay was written to argue against a strict adherence to immersion as the proper mode of baptism. It was a very good essay and crushing in its conclusion.Read more ›
Gregg Strawbridge: Intriguing. Although he gives too much weight to the arguments of those who oppose infant baptism, he succinctly points out their case is based on inference.
Bryan Chapell: Good. He analyzes the biblical accounts of household baptisms. He takes the view that infant baptism is a seal which can be applied before the recipient meets the conditions of the covenant.
Daniel M. Doriani: Not about infant baptism. More of a curiosity piece, really.
Joel R. Beeke and Ray B. Lanning: Tries to prove too much.
Jonathan M. Watt: Depends too much on the culture of the time.
Mark E. Ross: Great. Fascinating examination of both circumcision and baptism as signs and seals. "What is signified and sealed by baptism is what God demands of us, not what we have pledged to God."
Joseph Pipa: Good. Shows that baptism does not mean immersion. Article is somewhat wordy.
Jeffrey D. Niell: Great. A tour de force on the relation between Jeremiah 31 and Hebrews 8. He makes a convincing case that this is the doing away of the ceremonial law.
Richard L. Pratt Jr.: A much weaker essay on the relation between Jeremiah 31 and the New Testament.
Randy Booth: Good. A sweeping overview of covenant transition, useful for more than just the subject of baptism. Not as interesting for those who are skeptical, because of the large number of assertions.
Cornelis P. Venema: Good. A rigorous defense of infant baptism, based on the theology of the confessions.
Lyle D. Bierma: Good. Another rigorous defense of infant baptism, based on the theology of the confessions.Read more ›
This book presents the `other' evangelical perspective, the Reformed perspective, on water baptism. With Reformed Theology's resurgence in recent years, it would be to every evangelical Christian's advantage to read this book in order to gain an elemental understanding of their Christian kinsmen's faith.
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This book offers the advice, wisdom, and knowledge of several men who seek to give a convincing case for covenantal baptism. Read more
Before reading this, I was a Reformed Baptist, but I was curious about and already leaning toward the Paedobaptist position. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Rex Jelly
This is the one of the best books on Covenantal infant baptism. It answers most of the questions that a believer may have on this subject and give a compelling reason for... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Reformed Girl
"What keeps a child from believing is not an underdeveloped brain, it is a wicked heart." - R.C. Sproul jr. Read morePublished on December 25, 2013 by Josh
The debate over who should be baptised has often been a very hot topic in the Church. How ever (since I do believe in only true disciples being baptised) I found little... Read morePublished on April 15, 2006 by Seeking Disciple