August 3, 2015

Sacramental from the beginning

…the mysterious character of all created reality lies in its sacramental nature. • Hans Boersma • • • Many of us have grounded our theology concerning the sacramental nature of life in this world in the Incarnation, when God took on flesh and walked among us in Jesus Christ. The Infinite clothed himself in the finite, and gave […]

“We keep returning to its rich waters thirsty”

I was baptized as an infant in 1958. My sainted grandmother gave me some books then and in my preschool years about Jesus, heaven, and the twelve disciples. A while back, when my parents moved, my mother found those books and gave them to me again. I remember looking through them with fascination when I was […]

High-Church vs. Low-Church Sacramentalism

UPDATE: It occurred to me that I ought to clarify something. Below I call myself “unordained.” That is in terms of my denomination only. I am ordained, but not by the ELCA, and they do not recognize the form of my ordination as acceptable for rostered ministry within the denomination. • • • I have […]

Daniel Grothe: Dripping Wet: Developing a Christian Imagination for Baptism

Note from CM:  Our friend Adam Palmer recently introduced me (via email) to Daniel Grothe, who serves at New Life Church in Colorado Springs. After reading his blog, Edging Into The Mysteries, I agreed with Adam that Daniel has good things to say and that he says them well. So, he graciously agreed to share […]

The Great Divide

To the bath and the table, To the prayers and the word, I call every seeking soul. – Inscribed on a church bell in Wisconsin * * * I did a couple of talks at my church recently, discussing my transition from evangelicalism to the Lutheran tradition. As I talked, words from several iMonk commenters […]

The Font and the Tiny Casket

Baptism of Our Lord Sunday January 13, 2013 Recently, in my role as a hospice chaplain, I baptized a beautiful little three-month old baby girl, as she was being held in the arms of her mother in their home. The baby was terminally ill, and few days later she went to heaven. When I baptized […]

“A Good Christian Is Always an Infant”

Sacramental Thoughts for Sundays Sunday, October 28, 2012 “A Good Christian is Always an Infant,” from Luther: Man Between God and the Devil, by Heiko Oberman * * * …for Luther this constituted a decisive point. Infant baptism revealed the meaning of  baptism. From Luther’s standpoint one could not genuinely preserve baptism while repudiating infant […]

Sacramental Thoughts for Sundays: “The Visible, Tangible Prop”

Sacramental Thoughts for Sundays Sunday, October 21, 2012 “The Visible, Tangible Prop,” from Luther: Man Between God and the Devil, by Heiko Oberman * * * Trust in the alien Word determined the way Luther experienced, interpreted, and defended the sacraments of baptism and holy communion. The Devil, that master of subjectivity, lurks in the […]

Water, Water Everywhere! The Lutheran Baptismal Liturgy

How can water do such great things? Answer. It is not the water indeed that does them, but the word of God which is in and with the water, and faith, which trusts such word of God in the water. For without the word of God the water is simple water and no baptism. But […]

Lee Adams: A Dirt Road Defense of Infant Baptism

Lee blogs at Homilies, Prayers, and Bread for the Journey. * * * August 23, 2012. This post is written in honor of my baby girls, Addie Lee and Reagan.  At ages 19 months and 10 weeks, respectively, they will both receive the sacrament of baptism this weekend at Gordon’s Chapel United Methodist Church.  The […]