Sacramental Thoughts for Sundays: “The Visible, Tangible Prop”

Sacramental Thoughts for Sundays Sunday, October 21, 2012 “The Visible, Tangible Prop,” from Luther: Man Between God and the Devil, by Heiko Oberman * * * Trust in the alien Word determined the way Luther experienced, interpreted, and defended the sacraments of baptism and holy communion. The Devil, that master of subjectivity, lurks in theContinue reading “Sacramental Thoughts for Sundays: “The Visible, Tangible Prop””

Water, Water Everywhere! The Lutheran Baptismal Liturgy

How can water do such great things? Answer. It is not the water indeed that does them, but the word of God which is in and with the water, and faith, which trusts such word of God in the water. For without the word of God the water is simple water and no baptism. ButContinue reading “Water, Water Everywhere! The Lutheran Baptismal Liturgy”

Lee Adams: A Dirt Road Defense of Infant Baptism

Lee blogs at Homilies, Prayers, and Bread for the Journey. * * * August 23, 2012. This post is written in honor of my baby girls, Addie Lee and Reagan.  At ages 19 months and 10 weeks, respectively, they will both receive the sacrament of baptism this weekend at Gordon’s Chapel United Methodist Church.  TheContinue reading “Lee Adams: A Dirt Road Defense of Infant Baptism”

iMonk Classic: Special Needs Members OR How I Was Right and Wrong About Baptizing An Autistic Boy

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer from October 2009 Note from CM: In the Lutheran tradition, the debate described in this post would not have occurred. I present this today because (1) we have had some discussion this week about children with special needs, and (2) many of our readers come from credo-baptist traditions whereContinue reading “iMonk Classic: Special Needs Members OR How I Was Right and Wrong About Baptizing An Autistic Boy”

Let’s Discuss…Open or Closed Communion?

Comments now closed. One of the differences between Christian groups with respect to the Lord’s Supper involves who is invited to participate in the meal. I have experienced many different practices in this regard. I have attended churches in which communion is completely open. “Everyone in this room is welcome to the Lord’s Table,” isContinue reading “Let’s Discuss…Open or Closed Communion?”

Let’s Discuss…The Lord’s Supper

By Chaplain Mike One of our most popular posts this year so far was our discussion of baptism back in May. It’s time for another. Today, I’d like our iMonk community to weigh in on another primary sacrament (or ordinance) of the Christian Church. Whether we call it Communion, the Lord’s Supper, the Eucharist, orContinue reading “Let’s Discuss…The Lord’s Supper”

Let’s Discuss…Baptism

By Chaplain Mike This past Sunday we had a baptism in our Lutheran church. Four small children received the sacrament and were introduced to the congregation as members of God’s family. This led to a discussion after worship among members of our family who have been in churches that practice only believer’s baptism. At theContinue reading “Let’s Discuss…Baptism”