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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface

Geoffrey Wainwright

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pp. vii-viii

It was for me a high honor to be invited to give at Baylor University in October 2012 the annual Leo and Gloriana Parchman Endowed Lectures. My name would thus be attached to the long and much admired list of scholarly and churchly predecessors.
My lectures took place on October 9 and 10 in the Paul...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-8

Faith, hope, and love: the ecumenical trio of virtues. That densely phrased title might benefit from a little preliminary unpacking.
We may begin with St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, and the thirteenth chapter. For many long years in Britain, that was among the favorite passages of Scripture set to be...

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Lecture One: Faith and Holy Baptism

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pp. 9-24

Inevitably we must begin with historical and theological controversy.
Those whom we now call—and who call themselves—“Baptists” emerge around the time of the Reformation. Their reading of Western Christendom showed them a multitudinous Church whose failings could be attributed—at least in...

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Lecture Two: Hope and the Lord’s Prayer

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pp. 25-40

For the move from faith to hope we may find help in the first verse of the Letter to the Hebrews, chapter 11: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (KJV); “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (RSV). The chapter goes on...

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Lecture Three: Love and the Lord’s Supper

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pp. 41-60

According to the Fourth Gospel, we find that “when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of the world and go to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end” (John 13:1). At the Last Supper as reported in the Third Gospel we find Jesus saying to his...

Notes

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pp. 61-64