Like most people, I want a better community, a better state, a better country, and a better world. I want less crime, less violence, less hatred, less war, and less poverty; I especially want abortions to be a thing of the past. I used to think electing the right President, having the right men and women in Congress, and seeing the right judges on the Supreme Court were the best ways for these dreams to come true. I’ve changed my mind.

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Wes was recently invited to join Presbyterian minister, Randy Booth on the Moody Radio program, “Up For Debate” to discuss the issue of infant baptism. So in this episode of the CrossTalk podcast, Wes, Sam, and James discussed some of the points of that debate. The discussion of debating baptism led to a more in-depth discussion about disagreements in general. How ought we to disagree with one another? What ought to be the goal of our disagreements? Those are some of things we covered in this discussion and we hope it proves edifying to you.

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I previously wrote an article on why it’s not biblical to baptize an infant. Because of that article, I was invited to join Presbyterian minister, Randy Booth on the Moody Radio program, Up For Debate to discuss the issue of infant baptism. After accepting this invitation, I took some time to educate myself about Booth’s position. I was actually surprised to learn I was mistaken in my assumptions about why many denominations baptize infants.

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In this episode of the CrossTalk podcast, Wes, James, and Sam discuss the “Day of Judgment” or the “Day of the Lord.” To what does this refer? How should we think about the coming judgment? We hope you find this discussion edifying.

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More and more couples are choosing to live together without being married. Some move in together just before the wedding, others move in to see if they want to get married, and others move in without any thought to marriage at all. Some are asking, “What difference does a piece of paper make anyway? If I love someone, it shouldn’t matter if we are legally married.” Some believe God doesn’t care about a marriage license. I believe Scripture teaches differently.

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The Sin of Division

Wes  —  June 29, 2016

The New Testament talks about a lot of sins, but I would venture to say that the sin Jesus and the apostles addressed the most might have been division. In fact, did you know the word “heresy” comes from the Greek word that means “sect”? Literally, a “heretic” (Titus 3:10, KJV) is a person who divides from others and forms a sect around his or her opinions. This kind of sectarianism is expressly condemned and I believe every single one of us need to heed the warnings of Scripture.

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In this episode of the CrossTalk podcast, Wes McAdams, Sam Dominguez, and James Sumners discuss the fact that we often struggle with being more concerned about earthly politics than about things pertaining to the eternal kingdom of God. Why is it that we often ascribe greater importance to earthly things than they are actually due? Why is it that we don’t pay attention to the things of the kingdom as we should? These are some of the things discussed in this episode. We hope you find it edifying.

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When arguing various sides of issues, we need to make sure our arguments are valid. Most of us are guilty of making fallacious arguments. For instance, an ad hominem argument is one that attacks the person rather than the argument, “You don’t know what you’re talking about. You’re just a liberal heretic.” Another type of logical fallacy is an argument from silence, which “occurs when someone interprets someone’s or something’s silence as anything other than silence, typically claiming that the silence was in fact communicating agreement or disagreement” (source). Let’s talk about why this is a logical fallacy and how eliminating this from our thinking will help our biblical understanding.

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I believe we often baptize people before they’ve been properly taught. But then again, it’s often hard to determine what a person should know before they are baptized. Since baptism is only the beginning point, it is only necessary those who are baptized have a basic understanding of Christian theology, doctrine, and practice. But what exactly constitutes a “basic understanding”? What do people need to know before being baptized? I’m certain I can’t give an exhaustive answer to that question, but perhaps this post will help you as you think through this question.

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In this episode, Wes, Sam, and James discuss how we should apply Romans 14. How can we, as Christians, have unity in spite of our differences? What does it mean to be the weaker brother or the stronger brother? What are “disputable matters” or “matters of opinion” that Paul was discussing in Romans 14. These are a few of the things discussed in this episode. We hope you find this discussion edifying.

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