Scary stories from a lovely place
Silas is 7.5 months old. Since reading Ellie’s post on Sunday I realised that to date not one person has spoken to Stephen or I about our plans for baptising him (or not). We know a lot of ministers, people with theological degrees and well-read Christians but no one has expressed to us what they think about baptism or sought to give us counsel either way. I think that’s an indictment on the theological or pastoral education these people have received. I know it’s a secondary issue – not of gospel significance, but it’s still an important, biblical one I would have thought.
We don’t really know what we think. We have only just started to think about it. I’ve always thought it didn’t matter – even adult baptism. But maybe it does, as a symbol, a very beautiful symbol. Obviously it’s a secondary issue. I’m not under some mystical misconception that such an act would contribute to someone’s eternity.
I’m only just starting to think and read but I’ve found the following interesting.
This blog post is written by Kevin deYoung who also wrote the great book ‘Just do Something’. I wrote a post about guidance back in February last year which prompted me to read deYoung’s book. This post is specifically about baptising babies.
This article is more generally about why baptism is a good symbol. And it’s called ‘The water of Death’ which is a pretty sweet name.