Why Do We Baptize Babies If They Cannot Make a Profession of Faith?

Many people coming to Anglicanism stumble over infant baptism. They come for the beauty of the liturgy, the appreciation of both Word and Sacrament, of Scripture and Tradition. But for many, whether Baptist or not, infant baptism is a hang-up. There are many good reasons for such worries and many good answers—including on this site (see here, here, and here). [...]

By |2019-12-22T16:52:25-06:00January 2nd, 2020|Categories: Sacraments, Theology|Tags: , , |9 Comments

Bautismo Infantil: ¿Por qué los Anglicanos Bautizan a los Bebés?

¿Por qué bautizar a los infantes? El verso lema anglicano para niños tendría que ser: "Dejen que los niños vengan a mí y no los obstaculicen, porque a tales pertenece el reino de los cielos". Comenzando muy temprano en la vida de la Iglesia cristiana, los niños cristianos fueron vistos como miembros de la comunidad de fe del pacto. Así como [...]

By |2019-07-02T17:33:04-05:00July 4th, 2019|Categories: Pastor Anglicano, Sacraments|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Why You Should Read Scot McKnight’s New Book about Infant Baptism

I was baptized as a (very slightly) older child when I was 6 years old. I was baptized because I had decided to follow Jesus and “accept him into my heart,” as I said at the time. For the next 17 years, I was confident that only professing believers should be baptized. I no longer believe that, but as someone [...]

By |2019-05-22T11:54:22-05:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

Getting Over the Hurdle of Infant Baptism: An Atonement Argument

Like many current Anglicans, I grew up as a Baptist, a Southern Baptist in fact. I even went to a Baptist College on the campus of a Southern Baptist Seminary and got a wonderful foundational education in the Scriptures and Great Books. When I married an Anglican, we started attending Baptist churches but never found ourselves in a place where [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:34:13-06:00October 26th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments, Theology|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

My Anglican Journey 5: The Plunge

We found ourselves in an Anglican church plant, and soon thereafter the church called its first Rector, and we moved into a museum auditorium. Museum Auditorium Turned Worship Space Its funny that my initial experience of Anglican worship was in a clubhouse, and then in an auditorium, not in a gothic church with stained glass windows. But the [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:34:48-06:00March 7th, 2014|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

Infant Baptism: Why do Anglicans Baptize Babies?

Why baptize infants? The Anglican theme verse for children would have to be “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Starting very early in the life of the Christian Church, Christian children were seen as members of the covenant community of faith. Just as Israel brought their [...]

By |2019-05-22T11:54:05-05:00March 6th, 2013|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , |2 Comments