Six Short Videos for Paedocommunion

2010 February 22

I have just finished six short videos arguing for paedocommunion.  Below is the first video; click [here] to go to the video page with all of them over at .

#1 – Passover: Plain Inclusion in Exodus 10

#2 – Passover: All the Covenant Community Must Eat

#3 – 1 Corinthians 11: Proclamation Doesn’t Exclude

#4 – 1 Corinthians 11: Remembrance Doesn’t Exclude

#5 – 1 Corinthians 11: Examination/Worthiness Don’t Exclude

#6 – 1 Corinthians 10 and 12 Require All the Covenant Community to Eat

From Family as ONE to the WHOLE Family

2010 February 6

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In the quest to describe the proper view of the Old Testament Passover, I think I need to take a moment to address some common rebuttals.  After this post I will finish showing that children were INVITED to the meal, and indeed required at the first Passover.  For now we are addressing the fact that not all people were required throughout Israel’s history to be present at the festivals.

In the Old Testament, despite travelling obstacles, God showed the family to be ONE (The HEAD of family covered the household’s requirement, although all members were invited).

In the New Testament, with freedom from travelling obstacle, the Covenantally UNIFIED family is shown to be WHOLE (ALL members can partake).

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Thus Did All the Sons of Israel [Part 3 of 4]

2010 February 4

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You shall observe this rite as a statute for you and for your sons forever.

Exodus 12.24 (ESV)

Those who say the covenant children of Israel were not participants in the Passover meal are wrong.  Those who use Exodus 12.26 to deny children the Lord’s meal are wrong.  They say that we can see from the question “What do you mean?” that the children were outside the meal.  They are wrong.

The question “What does this ritual mean to you?” does not mean the children were alienated, but Keep Reading>

Thus Did All the Sons of Israel [Part 2 of 4]

2010 February 1

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Children did indeed take part in the Old Testament Passover.

I mean to show that they were allowed, not prohibited to eat the Passover. The were also intended and required to be part of the initial Passover meal, which should have been the feast at Horeb. (Ex 10, Ex 12).

In [Part 1], I began by looking at an argument I oppose: The argument states that Exodus 12.26 clarifies for us that children were not participants in the meal, as is seen in the question “What do you mean by this service?” My argument states that Ex 12.24 sets up the group of participants for us, “you shall keep it, you and your sons”.

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Thus Did All the Sons of Israel [Part 1 of 4]

2010 January 30

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Passover was not withheld from Hebrew children who could eat food.

One of the more contentious pieces of the paedocommunion debate is whether the Passover included children in the Old Testament.  Over 4 posts, I will show that children were participants.

The argument against paedocommunion falls on Ex 12.26 for backing, assuming that “What do you mean by this” means that the children do not participate.  Here is the passage Keep Reading>

All Who Eat are In, All Who are In Eat [Part 2]

2010 January 25

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In Part 1, I tried to show the link between the idea of UNITY of the body with the unity found in church celebration: FEASTING.  This is the pattern of union and communion we see in baptism and the Eucharist, or in the Old Testament, in the institutions of circumcision and the peace offerings (culminating in the Passover-peace offering).

In Part 2, I want to show that the household unity is crucial to the whole idea of sacramental feasting in the Old Testamant.

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All Who Eat are In, All Who are In Eat [part 1]

2010 January 21

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Unity and Feasting go together in scripture.

If you are on the fence about giving covenant children communion, let me suggest a few maxims and demonstrate them quickly:

  1. Both initiation (baptism/circumcision) and the covenant renewal meal (Passover/Lord’s Supper) show the BOUNDARIES of who is labeled as one of God’s covenant members.
  2. Baptism AND Communion are labeled TOGETHER as makers of the the UNITY of the Body.

To say that one more time,  both sacraments express 1) Boundaries, and 2) Unity.  All who eat are in, all who are in eat.

Here is an efficient list of verses that say just this: Keep Reading>