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Paedobaptists Beware of “The Jesus Storybook Bible”

September 23, 2007

I have been looking through our new little Bible storybook by Sally Lloyd-Jones The Jesus Storybook Bible that we recently got for our daughter’s second birthday.  What a great treasure!  The running theme of this book is Revelation 22:13, “Jesus said, “I am the beginning and the end.”  The subtitle of the book is “Every Story Whispers His Name”.  The whole book, in every story Christ is center point and object.  The Jesus Storybook Bible is a great tool for putting a redemptive center in your child’s knowledge of the Bible.

However, if you are a paedobaptist, beware of small undercurrents of Believer’s baptism dogma.  For example, on page 203, in the story of John the Baptist, Lloyd-Jones writes, “Great crowds listened to John.  They were sorry they had sinned, and they wanted to stop running away from God.  They wanted to be rescued.  So John baptized them – which means he plunged them in and out of the water.  It showed that they wanted to follow God and begin and new life” (italics mine).  Now, I know my paedobaptists brothers will read this and respond that they also believe that when there are new believers and they have not been baptized as infants, they will do the same thing.  Yet, the emphasis Lloyd-Jones puts on baptism is that it is clearly immersion and clearly a sign of faith.

Hopefully, all will sense the light-hearted, ribbing that this post was meant to be.  All evangelical believers (infant or believer baptists) will benefit their family with this book.  I highly recommend it!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. John permalink
    September 23, 2007 10:46 pm

    We just got this ourselves and have quickly made it our favorite. I often joke to my wife that I want to put out a book that reviews children’s Bibles. Believe it or not we’ve thrown away 5 Bibles (only two remain!)… there is a WHOLE lot of garbage out there!

  2. jbstarke permalink*
    September 23, 2007 11:13 pm


  3. Brian (you know) permalink
    September 24, 2007 3:53 pm

    Even when we are not talking on the phone you find ways to plug away at the issues…very nice :)!!!!

  4. August 20, 2009 12:14 pm

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