(ATLANTA, Ga.) — Dr. Guy M. Richard, Executive Director and Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary Atlanta, has recently released his new book, Baptism: Answers to Commonly Asked Questions.
When asked why he chose baptism as the topic of his new book, Dr. Richard answered: “As a Presbyterian pastor who lives and preaches predominantly in the southeastern part of the United States, I hear questions about baptism more often than just about any other subject in the church. And every time that someone asks about baptism, I have found myself looking for a single book that I could recommend to answer the most common questions on this subject and to walk my questioners through the Bible’s teaching in the most gracious and persuasive way possible. My new book is an attempt to provide such a resource. I pray that it will be helpful and that the Lord will use it to bring greater unity to His Church, regardless of what conclusions we may come to on this important subject.”
A Book for All Denominations
When Jesus commanded his followers to go and make disciples of all nations, He instructed them to baptize those disciples in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Christians agree that baptism is important, but it is the subject of many disputes. Why has it been so controversial? In Baptism: Answers to Common Questions, Dr. Richard tackles the key questions people have about baptism: What does it mean? Is it necessary for salvation? Who should be baptized, and how should we baptize them? As he searches the Scriptures, Dr. Richard helps us think through what the Bible teaches about baptism and encourages us to deal graciously with our brothers and sisters in Christ even when we disagree.
Dr. Robert Cara, Provost and Chief Academic Officer at RTS, commented on Baptism: “Although Dr. Richard is a scholar, his pastoral experience shines through as this book is written for the person in the pew. Bible-believing Baptists (and Presbyterians) have questions about the practice of infant baptism. He anticipates these questions, and with patience and insight, gives a biblical rationale for this practice.”