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Affirm Baptism

While in Arizona, an uncle was asking his siblings if they recall him being baptized. It was decided that he probably had not been baptized and his face seemed concerned. He is older with health concerns and married to a Catholic women.

As Christians, Baptism is significant in our faith journey.

I often note our appropriate response to Baptism through commitment to our shared baptismal, or Christian, vocation, which is to:

  • Proclaim Christ in word and deed;
  • Seek justice;
  • Act with compassion and mercy; and
  • Love and serve all people.

But, it is often at the expense of discussing the purpose of and the Triune God’s activity in our baptisms.

Baptism, at its most basic, is an initiation rite. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2020 in Sermons

 

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Ordinary to Extra-Ordinary

Today is the celebration (feast) of the Baptism of Our Lord Jesus.

We do have a common theme in our scriptures: water, Water, WATER.

Baptism pre-dates Jesus’ ministry, for John (the Baptizer) was performing baptisms in the Jordon River before Jesus’ baptism and public ministry.

Baptism is a ritual washing for ‘purification’.

Our Isaiah (43) scripture reads ‘when you pass through the waters’. It reminds me that items, especially spoils of war collected, had to be purified.

  • The item was to be passed through and refined in fire.
  • If the item could not survive the fire, you passed it through water.
  • If the item could not survive the water, it was set outside the wall/gate of the city
    for an extended period of time in order that it might be purified by the sun and earth.

I don’t know about you, but I do not think human beings survive ‘passing’ through the fire well, so we are passed through the waters.

Our Psalm (29) is a beautify description of the power in God’s voice manifested in nature:
Lighting, thunder, shaking (earthquake level).

This display is a Theophany, which is a manifestation of a God/Goddess. In Christianity it is the manifestation of God, but particularly as the Triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), which we witness in our Gospel (Luke 3) of Jesus’ baptism.

The epiphany today, in this season of epiphanies, may be Jesus’ alone. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2019 in Sermons

 

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Baptism: Not Once in a Life-Time

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Christmas and the Christmas season is officially done, because yesterday was the celebration of the Epiphany. However, a number of us are not aware of or lack knowledge about the Epiphany which celebrates the arrival of the wise men, who have been following the light of a star.

When we hear “epiphany”, we think of the light bulb and “ah ha, I get it now” moments of revelation. Imagine the ‘ah ha’ moment of the wise men before the Christ child.

We are in a season called the Time after Epiphany, when we will look at the manifestations of who Christ is and what his public ministry/mission will be. Therefore, it is a season of light bulb moments (epiphanies). This season always begins with the Baptism of Our Lord.

It always begins with the Baptism of Our Lord for good reason for in all the Gospel accounts (especially in Mark), it is the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. It is also one of the biggest “ah ha” moments for Jesus, John, and the community as a whole (depending on the Gospel account). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2018 in Sermons

 

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