William the Baptist

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Having been raised in a Baptist church, educated at a Baptist college and seminary, and serving in a handful of Baptist churches early in ministry, I didn’t wake up one morning and decide to become Presbyterian. For nearly three years, I studied the issue of baptism and read everything I could get in my hands. One of the works that helped me the most is a short book titled “William the Baptist”. Written in 1877 by James M. Chaney, "William the Baptist" is a theological presentation written in dialogue form. William meets Dora and a romance soon blossoms with only one minor snag, William is a Baptist and Dora is a Presbyterian. Over the course of several conversations with their respective pastors, William comes to embrace Dora’s position of covenantal baptism. If you’re wrestling with the issue of baptism, I hope that “William the Baptist” will be as helpful to you as it was to me.

Ethan Tonne