Friday, January 11, 2013

Remembering our rememberable baptisms

My post "Remembering our rememberable baptisms" appears today on the Associated Baptist Press ABPnewsBlog. The full text will be posted on Ecclesial Theology early next week; in the meantime, here's a snippet from the beginning of the post:

Many churches celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord on the Sunday following Epiphany (January 6). Since Epiphany falls on Sunday in 2013, this year the Baptism of the Lord is celebrated on January 13. This feast is an appropriate occasion for remembering our own baptisms, in which we took on a new ecclesial identity in Christ when we embraced Christ’s story, the story proclaimed by the church, as our story.

I recently found myself thinking about how Baptists might be more intentional about remembering our baptisms when I saw a photo posted on Facebook of a Lutheran baptism performed in a new immersion font in the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Eisleben, Germany—the church of Marin Luther’s baptism on November 11, 1483.... (read the full post at ABPnews Blog)

I hope readers of Ecclesial Theology will add their invited contributions to the comment thread on the post on the ABPnews Blog in response to the question posed in the post. At the very least, be sure to click on the link in the post to the photo of the "new baptistry suitable for full-immersion baptisms" in the church of Luther's baptism in Eisleben.

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