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Jason Harris

Jason loves to communicate God's word both in the local church and at conferences and retreats. Jason has been involved with Worship Music since 1996 and InFocus since 2005. Jason has degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research and is currently a PhD candidate and lecturer in the College of Business, Law, and Governance at James Cook University, Cairns. Jason is also a pastor at CrossPoint Church. You can contact Jason at


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    Glad you enjoyed the conference.

    A word of balance. Not everything is ‘peripheral’. If God included it in the Bible, it is necessary. I do get concerned when we segment the Bible into ‘essentials’ and ‘non-essesstials’. The gospel is one interwoven story throughout all 66 books.

    So yes, while I think it is great to fellowship with other Christians who may practice other modes of baptism – for example, I just think we should be careful to not imply that those things don’t matter. (and that may not have been your intention anyway)



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    Jason Harris

    Thanks for the comment Jeremy. I agree entirely. We should not conclude that because something is peripheral, it’s not important. Still, there is a degree of “doctrinal triage” that inevitably (I think) and appropriately (I think) takes place.

    My assessment of what is peripheral or central takes both clarity and centrality (distance from the cross/atonement) into account.

    So something that is clear and central is core to the faith and we must do “battle royal” for it.

    Something that is either clear OR unclear and distant from the centre is important (in terms of my personal conviction and obedience), but will not always be a hill worth dying on.

    When something is unclear and central, that is where the majority of our energy and discussion should be focused (in my view). These are matters of life and death both literally and for the faith. This is why I’ll die on the hill of baptismal regeneration but not mode of baptism.


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