Word, Water and Spirit

John V. Fesko provides an historical, biblical-theological, and systematic view of baptism in his new book Word, Water and Spirit. Dr. Fesko is the academic dean and associate professor of systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California. He is also the author of The Rule of Love and Justification: Understanding the Classic Reformed Doctrine. Rev. Fesko has appeared on two prior episodes of Christ the Center.

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John Fesko Interview on Baptism - Feeding on Christ

9 years ago

[…] baptist only” position or to the “covenantal baptist” position. You can listen here. Posted in Feeding on Christ You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 […]

Tim H.

9 years ago

Super. I only wish it could have been a few hours longer. I guess I just need to finish the book.


9 years ago

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Reformation Forum « The Confessional Outhouse

9 years ago

[…] the Center, a weekly podcast stretching back to Jan 2008. Two of the most recent episodes feature Fesko on his new book about baptism (recently pumped here), and Trueman and Lillback discussing Christianity and Politics. And beyond […]

Reformed Forum « The Confessional Outhouse

9 years ago

[…] the Center, a weekly podcast stretching back to Jan 2008. Two of the most recent episodes feature Fesko on his new book about baptism (recently pumped here), and Trueman and Lillback discussing Christianity and Politics. And beyond […]

A Hodgepodge « The Sound of Doctrine

9 years ago


9 years ago

Regarding the subject of mode, has anyone read William The Baptist? I love the Biblical case Chaney makes for the significance and importance of Baptism being water applied to the individual. I was already a paedobaptist (converted from a credo position) going into this book, but after seeing the case clearly shown from Scripture, I’m left without any doubt. I look forward to reading this book as well.

Paedobaptism Resources « Blogorrhea

9 years ago

[…] Paedobaptism Resources Posted on January 17, 2011 by RubeRad Lately I find myself pasting the same links into emails, as I meet lots of new guys at church or Hoagies & Stogies who are at various places along the one-way-road from credobaptism to paedobaptism. Also, Blogorrhea has seen an exceptional dearth of posts , so I figured it would be a good idea to put all my references here, so in the future I can just hand out one link. First off, there’s Josh Brisby’s blog. He gives the fairest presentation I have seen of the plusses and minuses of both sides. I would start with this post, way back from when even he was still on the fence. You can read in his blog how he finally cracked a few months later; here and here. And you might be interested in downloading his contribution to H&S: open mic night, it’s about half an hour. Probably the biggest contributor to Josh’s credo->paedo conversion was another friend of mine, Paul Manata. Paul is kind of a logical bulldog, while Josh has a much more irenic personality, so I recommend Josh to others first. But if you are the mp3/debate type, this is a very good debate that Paul did. I’ve blogged a fair bit about baptism myself; I think my three best posts are The Threat of Baptism over at the Outhouse, and a matching pair of posts here at Blogorrhea: Father Abraham had many sons…, …and one of them was Ishmael. You can’t go wrong with Dennis Johnson, Infant Baptism, How My Mind Has Changed. It’s a letter that he wrote to his daughter, and later turned into an article/pamphlet, that has become very popular. It is the first thing my pastor gave when I was going through this (I showed up at New Life a little before Brian Tallman, when George Miladin was still the pastor). There’s Danny Hyde’s book Jesus Loves the Little Children, and if you go to the MP3 download page for The Academy (a lecture series from Kim Riddlebarger’s church), you can search for “Hyde” and find him lecturing about the book. He says there that the book is his attempt to popularize Meredith Kline’s work on baptism (see By Oath Consigned and Kingdom Prologue). I haven’t read Fesko’s new book Word, Water, and Spirit, but for a more in-depth academic work, I think this is the place to turn. There are at least two interviews out there, at Office Hours and Christ the Center. […]

Jeff Downs

9 years ago

Regarding the issue of Roman Catholic baptism, Fesko says we should accept them in our Presbyterian communion based on three things. One of them is that the RC baptism is administered by a minister. But this begs the questions…Is the RC priest a true minister of the Word of God? Most in the Reformed community would say no, and therefore we would not accept a RC baptism.

I’m not arguing either way, but it seems interesting how he assumed that the Priest is a true minister of the word. I started reading this book last night, and I’m enjoying it so far


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