About the blog…

During my Study Leave (back in 2013), I used this site to write a handful of posts about baptism (and, in particular, the baptising of infants). That material is still there – and I continue to think about how clergy working in their local parish contexts can preach more confidently and work more effectively to give this incredibly powerful sacrament space to breathe.

I’ve restarted this blog with a more general focus now, “thinking out loud” about how to make the connection between ‘Sunday worship’ and our ‘Monday-thru-Saturday lives’… with the occasional foray into thoughts on church leadership too.

2 Comments

  • Hi Richard,

    The blog looks good. I was wondering whether tomorrow might address the question “how can I find a better word than paedobaptist?” Just kidding! I am intrigued by this subject in general, after the many fuzzy edges we encounter in this area as Anglican clergy. I am particularly interested afresh, as I prepare to serve in a non-denominational setting in Canada in order (as you know) to help contribute to church planting there. Basically, I’ll be going ‘non-denom’ in order to save the ‘denom’ buildings, we hope! There are now hundreds going up for sale across the country there.

    The question for baptism is: how am I as an Anglican minister, to bend my understanding of baptism into a church culture where adult baptism and dedication is the norm. I know the danger of reading from Scripture what want to read… but seeing as you’re writing a new book 🙂 what I WANT you to say is that it doesn’t really matter and a sacrament is an outward sign of an inner transformation, done in this case in at least 2 or 3 totally valid way depending on the pastoral need… ALSO – I someone handed me an ‘Anglican’ liturgy for dedication done in a Surrey parish a few weeks ago. That I found interesting!

    Much love from Graham

  • Hi Richard, You may remember me nee Lee! The best sermon I ever heard on the subject of baptism was by John Madinda, principal St Phillips theological college, Tanzania. He spoke of the practicalities. You don’t do full immersion in the dry season.; if the river is dry then a sprinkling is fine. Likewise I understood the trend for sprinkling was a result of not wanting to harm the baby. Most churches use warm water in the font. Happy research, reading and writing.

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