Liam Goligher – How I Changed My Mind About Infant Baptism

Liam Goligher writing for Tenth Presbyterian in Philadelphia, PA gives an account here describing the journey that led him to changing his mind from being a baptist to paedobaptist. Raised in a Baptist church he was baptized at 15 then became a pastor of his own church at the age of 22. His journey took time because of … Continue reading Liam Goligher – How I Changed My Mind About Infant Baptism

Hermann Witsius on the Mosaic Covenant

Hermann Witsius (1636-1703) was a Reformed theologian from the Netherlands. In his book Economy of the Covenants, where Witsius was trying to reconcile two camps of Covenant Theology, we find a great source for post-Reformation covenant theology. It is a work that all students of covenant theology should own and read. For more information you … Continue reading Hermann Witsius on the Mosaic Covenant

Corporal Punishment of Children in the Covenant of Grace (5/5)

The relationship children have with parents is not simple and there is concern that too much blame is placed on corporal punishment when it is unlikely responsible for how a child develops and behaves. Additionally, findings of correlation do not prove causation, Gershoff warns.(1) It is difficult to find causation, however many advocates against corporal … Continue reading Corporal Punishment of Children in the Covenant of Grace (5/5)

Corporal Punishment of Children in the Covenant of Grace (4/5)

What is Happening? With a robust doctrine of Common Grace in place, what are we to understand about corporal punishment and its effects on our children? An attempt to discover what is happening inside our children when they receive corporal punishment must be sought out. For this Christians must differ to expert psychologists in the … Continue reading Corporal Punishment of Children in the Covenant of Grace (4/5)

Corporal Punishment of Children in the Covenant of Grace (3/5)

Part of the disagreement would be the purpose of parenting, which gives considerable insight into the materialist cause-effect bent in secularism. A secular parenting model has a goal to bringing about healthy, emotionally stable citizens. Christian parents desiring those same goals however realize short-sidedness, for the Christian parent the desire is eschatological life. The discussion … Continue reading Corporal Punishment of Children in the Covenant of Grace (3/5)

Corporal Punishment of Children in the Covenant of Grace (2/5)

What to Do - The Christian Mandate There is no disagreement that parents are to discipline their children. Rightly understanding and interpreting the call from Scriptures such as: “Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.” (Proverbs 13:24) “Folly is bound up in the heart of … Continue reading Corporal Punishment of Children in the Covenant of Grace (2/5)

Corporal Punishment of Children in the Covenant of Grace (1/5)

Discipline by means of corporal punishment (spanking) is one of the most practical issues in families today.(1) It remains one of the most widely used means of discipline in American families and according to Robert Larzelere, PhD (Nebraska Medical Center) writing for the American Psychological Association, spanking continues to be “....a subject of controversy within … Continue reading Corporal Punishment of Children in the Covenant of Grace (1/5)