April 23, 2014

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 […]

iMonk Classic: Special Needs Members OR How I Was Right and Wrong About Baptizing An Autistic Boy

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer from October 2009 Note from CM: In the Lutheran tradition, the debate described in this post would not have occurred. I present this today because (1) we have had some discussion this week about children with special needs, and (2) many of our readers come from credo-baptist traditions where […]

Christian Superstitions

This post started out to be a joke (it still may end up as one, says you) or at least to be a mildly humorous look at some elements of Catholic and perhaps wider Christian practice.  The genesis or inspiration arose from a throw-away comment Jeff made in one of his Saturday Ramblings, and I […]

Let’s Discuss…Open or Closed Communion?

Comments now closed. One of the differences between Christian groups with respect to the Lord’s Supper involves who is invited to participate in the meal. I have experienced many different practices in this regard. I have attended churches in which communion is completely open. “Everyone in this room is welcome to the Lord’s Table,” is […]

Let’s Discuss…The Lord’s Supper

By Chaplain Mike One of our most popular posts this year so far was our discussion of baptism back in May. It’s time for another. Today, I’d like our iMonk community to weigh in on another primary sacrament (or ordinance) of the Christian Church. Whether we call it Communion, the Lord’s Supper, the Eucharist, or […]