I Witnessed A Baptism, and it Made Me Mad as Hell.

Yesterday, while making my rounds in the small community of Mindo-Ecuador, I witnessed a baptism. The folks participating in the baptism were not from Mindo, but from Quito, one of Ecuador’s major cities.  They were using a public swimming area and there was many other activities going on there simultaneously.  They were dressed very well, […]

How Much Does A Person Have To Understand About Baptism Before They Are Baptized?

It might seem like an odd question, but how much does a person have to understand about baptism before they are baptized?   If baptism is a sign and seal of a relationship already in play, then it would seem that any long explanations regarding what baptism is afterwards, is a retracing of steps that […]

I Want to be Un-Baptized!

Making Disciples is messy.  In fact, if it’s too easy or clean, you might want to check on where the disciples you’ve made are and what they’ve become. Jesus said, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he […]

I'm Sorry, Your First Baptism Doesn't Count. You'll Have to be Baptized Again!

How many of you have been refried, twice-baked, or double dipped? Maybe you were baptized as a child and don’t remember. Maybe you were baptized but really didn’t believe in God at the time. Maybe you were Roman Catholic or Lutheran, or even *gasp* Episcopalian. Maybe you were sprinkled instead of dipped. Maybe you were […]