The question is, “Does Baptism Save?” (and, where does that question come from?)

 

Sorry…that seat is reserved for me.

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Don’t miss out on all the wild antics of Pastor Mark Anderson’s class, and find out what other interesting offshoots come to light from the question, “Does Baptism save?”… such as, “free-will”, ‘idolatry’, ‘blasphemy’, ‘election’, ‘Christian freedom’, ‘predestination’, and one of our all time favorites…’assurance’. 

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      click here > Does Baptism Save?’

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Thanks, Pastor Mark.

And thanks to flickr and Candi_N, for the photo.

 

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6 Responses

  1. I enjoyed all of that except for Pastor Mark’s unfortunate generalization about Lutheran Brethren. Otherwise I would share it with my congregation.

  2. Patrick,

    I do paint with a large brush on occasion. My apologies for any offense. Unfortunately, three years as a pastor in Fergus Falls, Minnesota left me with a very negative impression of the brethren, who refused to have anything to do with the other Lutherans in the community.

    • Mark, If that was your experience in FF, I’m sorry to hear it. I’ve been treated as unclean by some clergy from other Lutheran bodies as well, but i try to refrain from characterizations to hopefully end what prevents the possibility of good fellowship.

  3. Fantastic! A big Texas “Thank you” to Pastor Mark and Steve. To explain the ‘bondage of the will’ in terms of ‘being bound to love the self’… instead of God and the neighbor… lays the truth of ourselves out in the open. I wonder what the look on Jesus’ face was when he tells the lawyer (Luke 10:25-37) “You have answered correctly. Do this and you will live.” We want to storm the gates of heaven with our own efforts rather than have to face the fact that we are completely incapable and completely dependent on the mercy of God.

  4. Patrick,

    It’s good to have you tell us that the Lutheran Brethren don’t ask people to make “a formal decision for Christ” when they become of age.

    I guess the practices of some pastors or churches can color our experience of the whole.

    I do know that Pastor Mark does “paint with a large brush” (you pretty much have to at times or you won’t be able to discuss anything).

    And you know how often we criticize our own denomination for their errant views and practices. Actually, a lot more than you know.

    Thanks, Patrick.

    – Steve

  5. “We want to storm the gates of heaven with our own efforts rather than have to face the fact that we are completely incapable and completely dependent on the mercy of God.”

    Amen, Mitchell!

    Thank you.

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