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If You Ask for Sunshine, Remember to Bring Sunscreen: Lessons from an Outdoor Baptism Service

Sometimes things start out all wrong, but somehow end up gloriously more than just all right. Such was the case with an adult baptism service on the shores of Lake Michigan one August Sunday morning.

This Little Child from Far Away: A Prayer and a Song for the Baptisms of Adopted Children

In the fall of 1996 my wife and I traveled to Korea to pick up our daughter Gina Soo. While we were there, friends from our church also got the call that their daughter Mia could be picked up. So on the day before we were scheduled to return to the United States, they arrived to pick up their little girl. A few weeks later both Gina and Mia were baptized together at First Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. To celebrate that event I wrote a prayer that all four of us did as a liturgical reading.

Dear Rebecca Lee: A Baptism Letter from a Father

What we celebrate today . . . is the mystery of God’s grace.

Dear Rebecca Lee,

Wade in the Water: A Baptism Service on the Shore of Lake Michigan

On hot summer days, Pere Marquette Park is a beachgoer's paradise. Draped along Muskegon's west side, the park features acres of fine sand, swings and slides for the kids, and a view of Lake Michigan that rivals any tourist brochure.

Wash First, Ask Questions Later: Where do Parental Vows Fit in Baptism

Some readers may wonder whether the practice of baptism as described in this article opens a can of worms. Given the movement of understanding and appreciation of my own faith community, though, it's a can well worth opening. For the first time, many in our congregation are starting to "get" baptism. What is going on? Who is most important?