What a weekend

It was an incredibly busy, yet rewarding, weekend. Allow me to reflect 1. First, the week of insane allergy attacks put me a day behind in productivity. I normally write my sermon Thursday morning, then go do some other pastoral tasks like visitation and general information processing. Friday mornings I edit my first draft and…

The Gospel in stained glass – Baptism

Jesus’ baptism is, perhaps, one of the most underplayed elements of the Gospel story. Christians seem to enjoy focusing on the amazing willpower of Jesus in resisting the Devil’s temptations in the wilderness, and so gloss over this watershed moment. We shouldn’t do that. Jesus’ baptism is generally regarded as the start of his public…

Baptism

A couple of weeks ago Central held a baptism worship for two folks who wanted to become members of the congregation.  They had been baptized as infants, raised in the Church, and had been living out their faith for years – but Central practices membership for only people who have been baptized as adults, and…

Ocean City Baptism

Annual Session is over, phew.  This year I got to baptize a member of our community which was great, but almost even better was watching an 89 year old woman wading into the surf assisted by a cane.  Sweet.

Oh the sweet theology

Today I had the pleasure of attending the baptism of my 5 month old nephew at La Salle High School’s chapel.  It might seem a bit odd to see a baptist pastor write that attending an infant baptist was a “pleasure.”  I mean, when I listen to baptists talk about going to baptisms of some…