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Water is fascinating. And when you have patience to listen to the water, it speaks to you. Yet water is not only a source of an aesthetic or even a spiritual experience for nature lovers. Water brings life. […] Read More

Some Christians see baptism as ‘just something you do,’ a ritual. Others delay the decision until they’re ready to take the plunge. A new resource will help churches put the decision to be baptized in proper perspective. […] Read More

Baptism is much more than saying we love Jesus. It’s that great moment when we nail our colors to the mast and declare we belong to Jesus, for now and for eternity. Baptism is not just for believers; it is for disciples. […] Read More

When discussing liturgical practices, such as communion and baptism, and how they can be used to address current themes, the church can only do so much. So how can the church help families continue that dialogue at home? […] Read More

I pride myself on my ecumenical mindset and my desire to move beyond denominational boundaries. When it comes to baptisms, however, I am Baptist with a capital B. I love the aura of excitement in the congregation before and during the baptism service. This palpable energy wells up not only in the candidates, but also […] Read More

Church growth is back on the agenda – not the 1970s variety from the U.S., but rather the new style espoused by the Church of England. I had the joy of reading recently “What Makes Churches Grow? Vision and Practice in Effective Mission” by Bob Jackson, director of the Church Growth Centre attached to St […] Read More

A recent Sunday worship service at my church was special: Two people were being baptized. We heard their stories of their growing relationship with God; we applauded and celebrated with them as they entered into this profound enactment of grace and obedience. As the baptism began, Gene Tempelmeyer, the senior pastor, said this profound thing. […] Read More

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. The Second Sunday of Easter I Peter 1:3-9 April 27, 2014 Psalm 16; John 20:19-31; Acts 2:14a, 22-32 Can you imagine it? On that first Easter morning, when Jesus stepped out of the tomb, not much had changed. The market opened at its […] Read More

Elevation Church of Charlotte often posts impressive baptism numbers, but some of the North Carolina church’s techniques for persuading people to walk the aisle are sparking questions and criticisms. The church advises other churches on hosting large “spontaneous baptism” services like the ones at Elevation where thousands come forward and immediately get baptized. Yet, their […] Read More

Remember Your Baptism

A sermon by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. January 12, 2014 Matthew 3:13-17 Today, we join Christians around the world who are remembering the baptism of Jesus. The first three gospel writers tell us about this event with varying details. Mark, the earliest gospel writer, sets up the baptism by introducing his […] Read More