Tag Archives: baptism

  1. God makes a way out of no way: Exodus, Jesus, and baptism (Romans 6:1-11) [sermon 8-20-2017]

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    August 18, 2017 by jmar198013

    In Romans 6, Paul combines narratives from the Exodus and the death and resurrection of Christ to help us understand the story baptism tells–and gives us to tell.

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  2. Baptism: a story as old as heaven and earth (Acts 2.37-42) [sermon 8-13-2017]

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    August 8, 2017 by jmar198013

    In Acts 2.38, Peter told the assembly: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” When 3000 came forward to be baptized, they were plunged into an old, old story that promised a new beginning. Baptism tells a story as old as the heavens and the earth. And it’s a story that will be re-told in the new heavens and new earth.

  3. John baptizes Jesus (Luke 3.1-22; Ps. 51.6-17) [Sermon 01-08-2017]

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    January 6, 2017 by jmar198013

    Luke has recorded for us the precise moment when Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit to preach good news to the poor. It was right after he was plunged into the same waters as the poor, the prisoners, the blind, the oppressed, and those who cried out for God’s favor. In other words, people just like you and me.

    He didn’t save us from on high.

    He got right down in that dirty, muddy water with us.

  4. Jesus’ baptism, and ours (Luke 3.15-17, 21-22; Isa. 43.1-7) [Sermon 1-10-2016, Baptism of Christ C]

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    January 11, 2016 by jmar198013

    My sermon for 1-10-2016. Baptism of Christ, Year C. Pondering baptism in conversation with Luke’s story of Jesus’ baptism.

  5. Remember your baptism: reflections with Walter Brueggemann and the Last Poets

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    March 1, 2014 by jmar198013

    If it is Christ we have been baptized into, then all things are made new. We are given the resources to live without being afraid of giving too much, too soon, and looking too foolish. We have been dispossessed of our amnesia, our despair, and our self-preoccupation. We are free and able to welcome God’s insurgency like children. If our baptism has not rendered us free and able to so live, was it Christ we were baptized into? And if it wasn’t Christ we have been baptized into, what have we been saved from?

  6. Christ is our death: reading Romans 6 with Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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    April 30, 2013 by jmar198013

    I’ve long said that believer’s baptism is a very good idea for the same reason you don’t marry off your three-year-old. But my experience with believer’s baptism in practice has been that it bears more of a coming-of-age, rite-of-passage function for a lot of folks. I’m afeared that many in my faith tradition have diminished baptism to a cosmic parlor trick. Dietrich Bonhoeffer has some compelling observations about baptism and discipleship that might help us knock some of the dust off Romans 6.

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