Easter – Video: Resurrected Children and Passover

2009 April 12

My new video about Paedocommunion-


Baptism of John / Trinitarian Baptism

2009 March 10

2 And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

I’ve just been reading Acts 18.24-19.7 (see 19)

As a baptist, I wanted John’s baptism to be synonymous with Christian Baptism.  So I tried to read this passage as if it was played out like this:

Paul: Into what were you baptized?

People: Into the Christian water baptism started by John.

Paul: You need the “Spirit Baptism!”  Let me pray for you with laying on of hands….

Obviously, this isn’t what he says or what chapter 18.24ff indicates.

Paul: Into what were you baptized?

People: Into the Jewish national repentance water baptism performed by John.

Paul: You haven’t yet identified with the church, the people of the name of Jesus, the people of the Spirit; you need the “Christian Baptism!”  Let me baptize you in the name of Jesus….

I think that is more like it.  One of the main points is that in Acts 18-19, Luke tells us two stories that indicate VERY CLEARLY that the Baptism of John was NOT the same as Christian or Trititarian Formula Baptism.

John’s Baptism was an intentionally offensive statement about the dirtiness of Israel.

When will the Messiah bring us victory over the Gentiles?  The Restoration of Kingdom to Israel?

This coming Kingdom, always anticipated by the disciples (Mk 10.35-45, Mt 20.20-28), and still on their minds after the resurrection (Ac 1.6), is a key to NT interpretation.

So what was preventing the Kindom’s arrival? Different answers:

The Pharisees said, the problem is other Jews – we must fix them.

The Essenes said, the problem is other Jews – we must flee them and let him save us.

John said, the Kingdom is upon us, time to admit that WE OURSELVES are the problem.  So he assembled people at the Jordan to make a public spectacle and mockery of Israel’s dirt.  And the declaration was personal, not at others, but at “ourselves.”

While Christian Baptism does say this about me, John’s work was a one time eschatological, pre-kingdom preparation to say the kingdom must come on God’s terms not on the laurels of self-righteous hijackers of the system – the Pharisees, especially.


Spirit Baptism:

Two problem theologies come out of this passage –

Pentecostalism – all Christians receive the Spirit after Baptism as a second blessing, and when they do, they will speak in tongues.

Orthodox “Chrismation – the Coming of the Spirit is through laying on of hands not normatively immediate to faith on its own.

Chrismation was later separated from Baptism in the West, which developed the practice of Confirmation to give the Spirit in the Roman Church.

I expect that the “when Paul laid hands on them” it actually means “in the action of the baptism,”  but it could be a prayer separately.  What do you think?

Another main issue to add in is that in Romans 8, Paul says that (at least by the time of the writing of Romans), all believers HAD the spirit by default:

9You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

Jesus WAS the Messiah the FIRST time on Earth – Contrary to Hagee’s Message

2008 February 9

Filed in:

– Which of These Things is Not Like The Other? (Heresy)


I have to say in no uncertain terms that to deny the Messiahship of Jesus, IN THE FIRST coming, is completely unbiblical.

Messiah is Kingship. Messiah is also a person not just his place as king. He was to be the one to fight for and win Israels’s peace.

Jesus directly told the woman at the well that he was the Messiah. Simon Peter’s heaven sent “from the father” confession was this:


(Note that Both MESSIAH and SON OF GOD, are terms for the King of Israel in Psalm 2 – you will read the word “messiah” as “anointed one.”)

He processed into the city of David on a donkey, amidst palm waving, and was robed in a kings garment of purple and wore a kings crown (thorns). The charge and complaint of the Jews was EXACTLY that Jesus claimed to be the Messiah, King of Israel. and was “exalted” (lifted up on the cross) under a sign in three languages that said, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.”

In FACT, the name “Christ” is Greek for “Messiah.” His most common appelation in the epistles is “Jesus the Messiah.”

His full and permanent earthly/heavenly reign has nothing to do with the question of whether he WAS ALREADY anointed to be KING.

David was anointed LONG before he ruled. He was already MESSIAH before he reigned. But, as soon as he was anointed, it was an obvious sin to fight against God’s chosen servant.

Jesus directly claims messiahship several times, and his followers almost always refer to him in this way. Hagee says that Israel cannot be said to have rejected His Messiahship (anointing) because he never in any way (“word or deed”) claimed to be Messiah.

This is either ignorance or a lie from Hagee, a man who should know better.

He DID claim it. And the DID reject him FOR EXACTLY the reason that HE CLAIMED TO BE MESSIAH.

Paul says that the GOSPEL is specifically that the resurrection and lineage from David prove Jesus to be Messiah (Romans 1.1-6).

For Paul, Belief that Jesus is already LORD/Son of David/Messiah [all Ps 2 and Ps 89 references), and is RAISED from the dead are the two prongs of the Gospel:

-Rom 1.1-6

1Paul, a servant of the MESSIAH Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for THE GOSPEL of God— 2 THE GOSPEL he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3 regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a DESCENDANT OF DAVID, 4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the SON OF GOD [“messiah” title in Ps 2 and in Ps 89] by his RESURRECTION from the dead: Jesus THE MESSIAH our Lord. 5 Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. 6 And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus the MESSIAH.

2 Timothy 2.8

Remember Jesus THE MESSIAH, RAISED from the dead, DESCENDED FROM DAVID. This is my gospel[.]

Rom 10.9

That if you confess allegiance with your mouth, saying, “Jesus is LORD,” and believe in your heart that God RAISED him from the dead, you will be saved.

The Wolf, The Lamb, and the Little Child [3]

2007 December 9

This is the 3rd entry in a series that walks through my sermon preparation for Sunday (2007/12/09). If you want to read them in another order choose one of the following:

Entry [1]

Entry [2]

Entry [4]

Entry [5]


Time to get all the way down to slash and burn.

The things guiding my thoughts now are:

  • The Advent 2 theme is peace
  • Peace is an extremely easy object to find in Isaiah 11
  • The Peace is described rather metaphorically, not literally – so we don’t just sit down and say – the peace of the Lord will have wolves and lambs together – but the peace is more for our own welfare:
  • Basically, there are no conflicts against God’s people and the rest of the passage shows us that the enemies of Israel are being defeated.
  • There is
    • 1) justice and equity through a righteous and faithful judge, and
    • 2) a rod of vengeance for the wicked.
    • This must obviously be a major division of the sermon.
  • Reconciliation inside of God’s people (Judah and Ephraim – 11.13)

I might use lyrics from “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” (leave last verse for the end) and then transition to Luke’s “Peace on earth” passage. Questions I want to ask are

  • As Longfellow wondered – WHERE IS THIS PEACE?
  • The Luke passage doesn’t promise worldwide, indiscriminant peace
  • At the end (Longfellow – last verse: IS GOD DEAD?) – the Atheist’s “proof”
    • God hates evil



 OKAY the outline just arrived in a red and silver package from Santa God [Santa means “holy”].

The messiah gives us peace by

  1. Removal of Enemies
  2. Reconciliation Within Our Communities
  3. Giving Justice to the Poor.


See Entry [4]


The church we are part of:

If you are interested in a Bible-believing church that worships in the Anglican way, and you live in the Baltimore / Annapolis area, you might consider Emmaus Anglican Church (Catonsville). Click here for the church website.



Emmaus Anglican Church is a parish of the Anglican Mission in the Americas – a mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Rwanda, a Church in full communion in the Global Anglican Communion.

The Wolf, The Lamb, and the Little Child [1]

2007 December 8

This is the 1st entry in a Series that walks through my Sermon preparation for Sunday (2007/12/09). If you want to read them in another order choose one of the following:

Entry [1]

Entry [3]

Entry [4]

Entry [5]


If anyone was reading recently, I was preparing a sermon for the 25th of November. I think my process and outline were going fairly well, but Saturday midday, my wife began to miscarry our child of a 12-week pregnancy. So I didn’t preach.

But I am set to preach soon – Advent 2.

Advent 2 is Peace.


I have actually decided to preach the BCP lectionary this time (This is Year A, and we are at the 2nd week of the Liturgical year – 2nd Advent as I said).

Here is the lectionary as the BCP sets it, slightly altered by either my rector or by myself:

Isaiah 11:1-10

Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 (edited by Fr. Steve)

Romans 15: 4-13

Matthew 3:1-12


My following entries will move through my thought process in working on the sermon, and will include bits of the reading at a time.

To move to a specific entry click on the listing: (if any link doesn’t work, then I haven’t written it yet).

Entry [2]

Entry [3]

Entry [4]

Entry [5]


Talking to Children About Death

2007 November 26

We have two living children at home, one of whom is old enough to have lots and lots of conversation (2.5 years old).

How and when do you talk to your children about death? Feel free to respond, I will probably post any reply.

We have had four deaths in our family in the last 2 years (two in our house). So I will share a very brief bit about what we have found in our experience.

Our Response We have found that it is EASIER not harder to talk to young children about death than we expect it would be if we waited. I don’t think that most people ignore it, but because we are Christians, we feel obligated to discuss death as soon as possible with children.

A few (amongst MANY) reasons Christians cannot avoid talking about death:

  1. The fall as a theological prinicpal is meaningless without death. (Gen 1-3)
  2. The flood (as a pattern for Exodus) and the Exodus, and the Judgement and conquest of Canaan all involve death to purify the earth: God must have the right over his creatures, and the obligation to himself to  act against his enemies. Those who fight against God’s glory die.
  3. This brings up the problem of the universal enmity with God. All are enemies (as in the fall), therefore, all die. Is there a solution?
  4. The death of Jesus is CRUCIAL (pun intended) to the salvation of men.
  5. The resurrection of Jesus, proving the Lordship of Jesus over all things, is the object of our faith in the gospel (Rom 1.1-4, 10.9; 2 Tim 2.8); without death, resurrection means nothing. [See the Footnote Below for verses, or click above verse link].
  6. Our resurrection is based on Jesus’ resurrection (Rom 8.10-11, 1 Cor 15.45-49, 55-57.)

Our discussion: We have explained, as all our deaths have been inside God’s covenant family, that Jesus lives in heaven after his resurrection, and that our relatives have gone to Jesus and they too will be resurrected on the last day, and we will be with them again forever. We HAVE also explained the resurrection of judgment for those who do not worship the Triune God through Jesus.


Romans 1.1-4: 1Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— 2the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, 4and who through the Spirit[a] of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God[b] by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 10.9: That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

2 Timothy 2.8: Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel

The Gospel is “Jesus is Lord”

2007 November 2

That “Jesus is Lord” is the foundation of at least two Pauline texts on “gospel” and the connection of Kingship to “gospel” is found in the “gospels” extensively, and OT Hebrew thought as well as Roman thought.

I think a Wright place to look is What Saint Paul Really Said.

Some lines of thought:

1] The gospel is referred to repeatedly as “the gospel of/about the kingdom” and therefor is good news about who is king.

put this together with the existing roman idea:

2] Roman Use: when a Caesar announced his accession to the throne, and his conquering of the enemies, and/or his birth into deity, this was called “euaggelion” (gospel)  SEE THIS about Augustus:


The providence which has ordered the whole of our life, showing concern and zeal, has ordained the most perfect consummation for human life by giving to it Augustus, by filling him with virtue for doing the work of a benefactor among men, and by sending in him, as it were, a deliverer for us and those who come after us, to make war to cease, to create order everywhere. . . . ; the birthday of the god [Augustus] was the beginning for the world of the gospel that has come to men through him…
[ Read Quote Here ]


3] Gospel means announcing who is lord in the Roman mind.  What about the Jewish mind?

Isaiah 52 (Septuagint says “gospel” where I have inserted it):

v. 7 How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news [gospel],
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,

Isaiah 60

in the midst of a passage about the subservience of the gentile kings to Israel, we find a passage highly suggestive of the Nativity:

v.6: A multitude of camels shall cover you,
the young camels of Midian and Ephah;
all those from Sheba shall come.
and shall bring good news [gospel in LXX], the praises of the LORD.

The kings of Gentiles bowing before Israel is reminiscent of the SON of DAVID/KING OF ZION/SON OF GOD/MESSIAH mentioned in Psalm 2 (more on this later).

that is – The gentile kings bow before God’s true Lord – DAVID’S SON (Psalm 2)

4] Does Paul see it this way? (remember that Messiah/Christ already means “annointed as king”, and that “Son of God” is a Davidic Kingship title in Ps 2 and Ps 89, and so is therefore “Son of David”

Romans 5.1-6:
1 Paul, a servant of CHRIST Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the GOSPEL OF GOD, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning HIS SON, who was DESCENDED FROM DAVID according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be the SON OF GOD in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus CHRIST our LORD, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship TO BRING ABOUT THE OBEDIENCE of faith for the sake of his name AMONG ALL THE NATIONS [Gentiles], 6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus CHRIST,

And again in much abreviated form in

2 Tim 2.8:
Remember Jesus CHRIST, raised from the dead, DESCENDED FROM DAVID. THIS IS MY GOSPEL…

The formula – 1) Resurrection, 2) Lordship (David’s Rightful King [Ps 89, or Ps 2]).  Again:

Rom 10:9-10

9 …because, if you CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH THAT JESUS IS LORD, and believe in your heart THAT GOD RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one CONFESSES and is saved.

This confession seems to be the same as the “confession” in Phil 2: “every tongue will confess that Jesus CHRIST is LORD to the Glory of God the Father.”

“Confess” there translates the OT use “to swear allegiance” from Is 45:22-23.

[[This is why we read that 1 Peter 4.17, Rom 10.16, and 2 Thes 1.8 talk about “obeying the gospel”]]