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"The Threefold Significance of Baptism" by Rev. Dr. Randall Otto. 
Otto examines the meaning of baptism as a sacrament of salvation, as a sacrament of sanctification, and as a sacrament of service.   Quoting extensively from Scripture and the Confessions, Otto shows that baptism is a "sign and seal" of "ingrafting into Christ, of regeneration, of remission of sins."   It is a witness of our ongoing need for repentance.  "Salvation and sanctification are not ends in themselves, but the means by which those who have been born of God and empowered by his Spirit live in the worship and service of the Lord."  Sep/Oct 2013 Theology Matters, p. 1

"What, Who, Where, How: Reformed Perspectives on Baptism" by Rev. Robert P. Mills
Mills discusses practical questions surrounding baptism: Who should be baptized?  How? What do different traditions understand about baptism?  Sep/Oct 2013 Theology Matters   p. 7

"Abortion and the Sacraments" by Rev. Dr.  Elizabeth Achtemeier
Achtemeier looks at the meaning of baptism and the Lord's Supper and applies them to our relationship with one another as members of the Body of Christ.  Sep/Oct 2013 Theology Matters   p. 11

John Calvin On the Sacraments: A Summary by Viola Larson, p. 1-- Larson summarizes Calvin's understanding of Baptism and the Lord's Supper from his Institutes of the Christian Religion,  Book 4, chapters 14-17   Sep/Oct 2007 Theology Matters p. 1

Baptism and the Munus Triplex, by Randall Otto, p. 13.  Otto teaches how Christians participate in the munus triplex or the threefold office of Christ--prophet, priest and king--through baptism.  Baptism is identification with and submission to God's Word: The calling of a prophet. Baptism signifies anointing with God's Spirit: the calling of a priest. Baptism signifies confirmation as God's Son: the calling of a king.  Sep/Oct 2007 Theology Matters p. 13