Articles and Books

Infant baptism has been a part of the church's belief since the very beginning.  Pastor Greg Johnson (PhD, St. Louis University 2007), of Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Missouri, explains the doctrine from God's Word and traces the history of the practice from the earliest days of the church.

Also on the topic of baptism, Francis Schaeffer wrote this charitable piece, exegeting (that is, drawing out) relevant biblical texts and patterns while interacting with credo-baptist ("believer-baptism") views.

Have you ever wanted to study theology but wanted to skip the part where you have to leave your home, uproot your family, move to a distant city and pay loads of money to take classes?  Covenant Theological Seminary offers 20 top-level, faithful and FREE classes through their World Wide Classroom.  Signing up is free and courses range from in-depth studies of the Bible to Marriage and Family Counseling.

The Jesus Storybook Bible is one of the best resources for parents with young children and for adults who are new to the Bible, too.  It tells The Story, the over-arching, Christ-centered story of the Bible about how God came in the person of Jesus to save this world broken by humans so that he might ultimately restore us to a right relationship with God the Father.  This is worth the investment.

Idolatry in our culture is a little more subtle than statues of wood and metal, but it is no less dangerous or deeply rooted in our hearts than any culture before us.  Timothy Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, has a helpful set of diagnostic questions meant to help us identify the functional idols of our hearts so that we can repent, believe the Gospel of Jesus and see how he is a better Savior than our idols could ever be.  They take life from us.  But Jesus gives his life so that we can live with him.

For nearly 400 years the Westminster Confession of Faith has remained as one of the most concise and thorough summaries of what the Bible teaches.  See also the Westminster Larger Catechism and Westminster Shorter Catechism for condensed summaries in Q and A form.