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The Christ the Center panel had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Cornelis P. Venema, president of Mid-America Reformed Seminary in Dyer, Indiana, and professor of doctrinal studies, about his forthcoming book, Children at the Lord’s Table: Assessing the Case for Paedocommunion, due out in March from Reformation Heritage Books. Dr. Venema discussed the causes for the rise in interest in the idea that since we baptize infants, children should also be admitted to the Lord’s table without a prior profession of faith. Following the general contours of the book, Dr. Venema addresses the historical, confessional, and biblical arguments for paedocommunion and shows why this practice is ultimately unbiblical. Whether you are for or against the admission of children to the Lord’s supper, you will appreciate both the discussion here and the book. Dr. Venema is also the author of the following books: Christ and the Future, Getting the Gospel Right, Gospel of Free Acceptance in Christ, The Promise of the Future, and Accepted and Renewed in Christ.


  • Cornelis Venema
  • Lane Keister
  • Nick Batzig
  • Jim Cassidy
  • Jeff Waddington
  • Camden Bucey


Calvin, John. Tracts and Letters of John Calvin. 7 vols. Banner of Truth Trust, 2009.

Ryken, Philip Graham. Luke. Phillipsburg: Presbyterian and Reformed, 2009.

Venema, Cornelis. Accepted and Renewed in Christ: The “twofold grace of God” and the interpretation of Calvin’s theology. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2007.

Venema, Cornelis P. Children at the Lord’s Table?: Assessing the case for paedocommunion. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Reformation Heritage Books, 2009.

—. Getting the Gospel Right: assessing the Reformation and new perspectives on Paul. Edinburgh, UK; Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 2006.

—. The Gospel of Free Acceptance in Christ: an assessment of the Reformation and new perspectives on Paul. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 2006.

Venema, Cornelis P., and Sinclair B. Ferguson. The Promise of the Future. Edinburgh; Carlisle, Pa.: Banner of Truth Trust, 2000.

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