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Is Infant Baptism the Ancient Practice of the Church?

We claim in our Lutheran Confessions that “The Baptism of infants is pleasing to Christ” (LC IV, 49). But is our claim the historic claim of the church? Has this been the consistent claim and practice of the church throughout history? Well, the overwhelming answer to both of these questions is, yes! There are many examples found throughout the writings of the church fathers regarding the practice of baptizing infants. They didn’t just mention the practice, but talked about it constantly as something that the church was expected to be doing. Here are just a few examples (including at least   More…

St. John Chrysostom On the Papacy

March 22nd, 2013 8 comments

With the recent election of a new pope, the papacy seems to be the theological topic of the day. I heard repeatedly, even from some secular news organizations, that the papacy was instituted by Christ Himself when He named St. Peter as the rock, and gave him (alone) the keys to heaven. This requires the assumption that Christ had instituted the papacy as it is today, and that all of the pomp and circumstance that was happening in response to the election of a new Bishop of Rome is somehow ancient. It also requires the assumption that the church, from   More…

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Abortion: The Ancient/Modern issue

February 19th, 2013 13 comments

Associate Editor’s Note:  With this post, Pastor Adam Lehman joins us at BJS as a writer. Pastor Lehman was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 2000-2004. He is a graduate from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, and was ordained on July 2, 2011. He is currently serving as pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Mobile, AL. Pastor Lehman has been blessed with a loving wife, Christine, and four wonderful children: Hannah, Noah, Abigail, and Jonah. He will be with the theme of “Steadfast Patristics.”     I have   More…