Baptizing a Convert from Islam with an Anglican Liturgy

I didn’t even remember the phone call. One evening when I was loafing around the house an Arabophone brother called me from a foreign country and had some questions about our small Arabophone fellowship, Kanisa. What did we believe? I answered: we had an evangelical orientation and confessed the Apostles’ and Nicene creeds. Did we belong to a particular denomination? [...]

By |2020-04-14T17:02:49-05:00April 20th, 2020|Categories: Sacraments|Tags: , |3 Comments

Why Do We Baptize Babies If They Cannot Make a Profession of Faith?

Many people coming to Anglicanism stumble over infant baptism. They come for the beauty of the liturgy, the appreciation of both Word and Sacrament, of Scripture and Tradition. But for many, whether Baptist or not, infant baptism is a hang-up. There are many good reasons for such worries and many good answers—including on this site (see here, here, and here). [...]

By |2019-12-22T16:52:25-06:00January 2nd, 2020|Categories: Sacraments, Theology|Tags: , , |9 Comments

“The Best Children’s Book I Have Read on Baptism”: Why You Should Read “On The Day You Were Baptized” by Sarah Howell

The phrase “remember your baptism” is familiar to many Lutherans and Anglicans alike. Luther famously wrote in his Larger Catechism, “Therefore, if you live in repentance, you walk in Baptism. For Baptism not only illustrates such a new life, but also produces, begins, and exercises it.” But, of course, for those who are baptized and raised in the Church, it [...]

By |2019-08-05T11:33:17-05:00August 5th, 2019|Categories: Sacraments|Tags: , |0 Comments

Bautismo Infantil: ¿Por qué los Anglicanos Bautizan a los Bebés?

¿Por qué bautizar a los infantes? El verso lema anglicano para niños tendría que ser: "Dejen que los niños vengan a mí y no los obstaculicen, porque a tales pertenece el reino de los cielos". Comenzando muy temprano en la vida de la Iglesia cristiana, los niños cristianos fueron vistos como miembros de la comunidad de fe del pacto. Así como [...]

By |2019-07-02T17:33:04-05:00July 4th, 2019|Categories: Pastor Anglicano, Sacraments|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Baptism: The First Step of Family Discipleship

I am all about believers’ baptism. Dunk ‘em. Let’s do it. A couple weeks into my time as assistant rector at my local parish, we celebrated as a church family when the father of one of our members was baptized as an adult Christian believer. I am also all about infant baptism. Sprinkle that child. Let’s do it. In a [...]

By |2020-05-20T11:54:21-05:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Why You Should Read Scot McKnight’s New Book about Infant Baptism

I was baptized as a (very slightly) older child when I was 6 years old. I was baptized because I had decided to follow Jesus and “accept him into my heart,” as I said at the time. For the next 17 years, I was confident that only professing believers should be baptized. I no longer believe that, but as someone [...]

By |2019-05-22T11:54:22-05:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

Another Surprise Baptism Brings Sudden Appearance

I am leading a tour group of pastors through the Holy Land. Our group is about a dozen clergy, spouses, some dedicated lay people from their churches, and a father with his teenage son. A few days into the trip, the father and son asked if the young man could be baptized here in Israel. Wow. Easy answer. Yes! Of course. “But where?” [...]

By |2019-01-10T16:52:04-06:00January 16th, 2018|Categories: Pastoral Ministry, Sacraments|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

Collect Reflections: The First Sunday after the Epiphany; The Baptism of Our Lord

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here. Epiphany-what? Sadly, the time for saying "Merry Christmas" has come to an [...]

Getting Over the Hurdle of Infant Baptism: An Atonement Argument

Like many current Anglicans, I grew up as a Baptist, a Southern Baptist in fact. I even went to a Baptist College on the campus of a Southern Baptist Seminary and got a wonderful foundational education in the Scriptures and Great Books. When I married an Anglican, we started attending Baptist churches but never found ourselves in a place where [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:34:13-06:00October 26th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments, Theology|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Meet RD Glenn: What Would Cranmer Do?

The Rev. Ray David Glenn and I are friends.  We have known each other since 2010.  When his wife died suddenly seven years ago, he and I became even closer. (For reasons I cannot explain, RD is the ONLY person I ever routinely Facetime with. It cannot be that actually wants to see me. But I think he is that [...]

By |2019-01-10T16:53:25-06:00May 30th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Leadership, Sacraments|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Sacramental Imagination for Politics

The most political thing I’ve done this week is baptize children. Seven children actually, including one infant. I love the image of burial and resurrection with Christ that we witness in our one hundred and fifty gallon stock tank we place at the entrance of the church. It’s one of my favorite celebrations to lead as a priest. It’s a funeral and [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:34:24-06:00March 9th, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

Baptism Creates International Incident

A surprise baptism at the original site of the Lord’s baptism  (Mark 1) created an international incident yesterday...and a glimpse of the age to come.  Here is what happened. I am leading a tour of 30 adults through the Holy Land. Our bus pulled up to the newly renovated site commemorating the Lord's baptism by John.  It is also the place where [...]

By |2019-01-10T16:57:08-06:00February 2nd, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments|Tags: , , , |37 Comments

A Baptismal Affront

The Baptism of young Children is in any wise to be retained in the Church, as most agreeable with the institution of Christ (Article XXVII). For several reasons -- Clara and James prominent among them -- I've been thinking much about baptism lately.  These two beautiful children recently became my sister and brother in Christ:  a little water, a little [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:34:33-06:00October 21st, 2015|Categories: For Pastors, Sacraments|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Dangerous Things

Is it dangerous, as some claim, to believe that God would mediate his grace to us through his creation? Would God touch us through the hands of another person, or feed us his very presence in bread, or cleanse our souls through water?  Will it lead to “magical thinking” or idolatry? Yes, it is dangerous. There is a great mystery [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:36:27-06:00September 14th, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments, Theology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Be the Church: Facing Nominalism

Recently we were told that the Christian Church in America "hemorrhaging members" and that the church is shrinking. It is true that the number of Americans who claim to be Christian is shrinking. But as usual, Ed Stetzer provides some real clarity in his interpretation of statistics. Turns out that people are not so much "leaving church" as they are "leaving the mainline" and rejecting [...]

By |2020-05-20T11:56:44-05:00August 4th, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

The Gospel in Human Decline

So we do not lose heart. Though the outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day (2 Cor 4:16, ESV). In several of his books, Henri Nouwen recounts how the severely physically and mentally disabled residents of Daybreak, a L’Arche community founded by Jean Vanier, became his spiritual mentors. Nouwen saw, with the eyes [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:34:45-06:00May 1st, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments|Tags: , , |1 Comment

My Anglican Journey 5: The Plunge

We found ourselves in an Anglican church plant, and soon thereafter the church called its first Rector, and we moved into a museum auditorium. Museum Auditorium Turned Worship Space Its funny that my initial experience of Anglican worship was in a clubhouse, and then in an auditorium, not in a gothic church with stained glass windows. But the [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:34:48-06:00March 7th, 2014|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

Infant Baptism: Why do Anglicans Baptize Babies?

Why baptize infants? The Anglican theme verse for children would have to be “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Starting very early in the life of the Christian Church, Christian children were seen as members of the covenant community of faith. Just as Israel brought their [...]

By |2019-05-22T11:54:05-05:00March 6th, 2013|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , |2 Comments
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