Justin Taylor is back from vacation and connecting us to resources like a man starved of blog activity! This list of Piper audio seminars and course notes is an excellent help.
Baptism services are easily my favorite Lord's Day services at FBC. Bob Kaughlin has some excellent reflections on baptism and corporate worship. His list of remarkable things during a baptism service is a good summary of why I love them:
As we watched baptisms right in the middle of the Sunday meeting, I was struck by several things. First, you couldn't miss the connection between a person being baptized into Christ and being baptized into his body. This wasn't a bunch friends baptizing each other in a pool. This was a serious commitment, made possible by the grace of God, to live life together with the church of Jesus Christ. Second, it reinforced the importance of water baptism to everyone present. Third, it was a biblical way to preach the Gospel. Fourth, there was an almost palpable joy that filled the room as we were reminded that Jesus Christ continues to reconcile men and women to God through his substitutionary death and triumphant resurrection.
Scott Kay is working through a series attempting to get inside the mind of the legalist. I'm a recovering legalist serving in a setting where a couple legalistic churches are strong, so this was helpful for me. (HT: Steve Weaver)