Dedication and Baptism
2009-01-10 by David von Schlichten

Jo-Anne,

Dedication is generally for people who practice believer's baptism. The theology is that a person should not be baptized until she or he can profess belief in Christ. Therefore, the argument goes, infants should not be baptized but dedicated instead. Then they are baptized once they are old enough to profess their belief in Christ.

Does that help?

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionar Blog Moderator





Dedicate or Baptize?
2009-01-09 by Jo-Anne

I am seeing more and more parents asking for their child to be dedicated rather than baptism. I have being struggling with the difference dedication of a child and baptism. What is the difference and how is this to be affirmed in our christian church?

Jo-Anne




Our guest blogger this week
2009-01-08 by David Howell

Charles Grant led a Prayer for Peace Service of faith-based communities on Wednesday evening.

Read about Prayer for Peace Service

and

Prayer for Peace Service

 





Torn Apart
2009-01-07 by David von Schlichten

This morning at Bible study, I recalled someone pointing out to me that there is nothing in Scripture that says that, after God tore the heavens apart, he closed them up. Just as the temple curtain remains torn, so do the heavens.

The parishioner I said this to - the only person to show up for Bible study today - found thought-provoking that idea. I thought, "Hmm, if Nancy finds this idea evocative, then maybe others will, too."

It's great to see people in the tub. Keep jumping in. As our guest blogger notes below, the water is fine. In fact, it's more than fine. It's simply divine.

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator 





Going Down!
2009-01-06 by Stephen Schuette

At our local lectionary study this morning a colleague offered a rich thought.  He suggested that spiritually speaking (and literally in baptism) we grow down, not up.

It began to spin these thoughts…  The spiritual journey is one that leads us deeper, into the core.  It invites us to be stripped of the illusion that we are in control.  And the more we are able to acknowledge that the more we are able to live in peace, both with the world and our own calling.

It seems to me to fit the invitation of John to “repent” – to let go of all the trappings that have held you (or Israel) in place.  Come out again and meet this prophet fresh from the wilderness and in touch with the wanderings of Israel of so long ago when there was clarity about their utter dependence upon God and clarity about who sustained them.  Let go and receive this gracious invitation to begin anew.  Here’s an opportunity for the nation (and we ourselves) to be re-created/reborn anew and realize, this time, through Jesus, our full potential as we live in relationship with God.

And what do you make of Jesus submitting to the baptism of John?  Is it Jesus’ way of showing us that, indeed, the spiritual path is down…that even for Jesus his essential identity and calling was not something he obtained for himself but something he was gifted with - as it is for us all?

Now, if I could just hold that thought!





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