Baptism has been a point of contention and controversy almost since the beginning of the church. Down through the ages, arguments have raged about the amount of water, the way it should be dispensed, and what it should mean. Almost as many meanings and methods of baptism have emerged as we have expressions and divisions in the church. My particular tradition practices immersion for those old enough to understand what it means to confess faith in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Historically, we have contended this was the New Testament practice.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.