As you may know, we had our first daughter in January. What a wild ride that has been! Her presence has been a delight to us but has also raised important questions that we never before thought through. Questions like disciplinary approach, homeschooling vs public schooling, and the degree and timing of her exposure to wider culture. Most of these don’t have to be answered immediately, but this is not so for the question of baptism. Should we follow the practice of many Christians in the past (and present) and baptise her as an infant, since she is a child of new covenant members? Or should we wait until she has professed faith? Being raised in the Calvary Chapel movement, I have always held to believer’s baptism, but had I truly considered the alternative view? Not only that, but why do I hold to believer’s baptism?
We’re in Washington visiting my in-laws and that means, among other things, “time to get some books!” I was interested in reading two in the NAC Studies in Bible & Theology series, Believer’s Baptism and The End of the Law, so I requested review copies from B&H. You can imagine my surprise at seeing a rather large box with all these unexpected books inside!