Baptism not a spiritual magic trick, writes the Rev. Charlie Baber. It is a real act of God’s grace, and a covenant to love one another as Christ loves us, so that the world might believe. Read more

Practicing Faith

Observing the Baptism of the Lord, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant ponders the frequency of water and rivers, not walls, in Christian hymns and theology. Read more


Mark Stamm

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Scripture and United Methodist ritual insist that God is the actor in baptism, which is given as a gift to the church and the individual, writes the Rev. Dr. Mark Stamm. Read more

Practicing Faith

Baptism is all about change, dying to an old life and rising to a new life in Christ, says the Rev. Beth Galbreath. Read more

Practicing Faith

A 72-year-old retired librarian came to the Rev. Bill Cotton's Course of Study school because there were children in her small rural church that needed to be baptized. Read more

Ordained Ministry

Through baptism, we encounter Jesus one step at a time as we journey though life, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more


Laurence Stookey

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The Rev. Laurence Hull Stookey, longtime professor of liturgy at United Methodist-related Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, shaped and wrote much of the liturgy used today in United Methodist congregations. Read more

Ordained Ministry

Salisbury Font

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United Methodism's current debates over who has broken or kept "the covenant" ignore the most compelling covenant of all -- our baptismal vows, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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Gift of Love

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Taking another's pain into ourselves, even when we differ sharply in our views, may offer the best way for the bond of baptism to help United Methodists avoid dehumanizing one another, writes Cynthia B. Astle Read more

Views from a Ridge

The Rev. Drew McIntyre explains why United Methodists believe that baptism is a one-time act in which the focus is God's action, not human response. Read more


Pregnant Woman with The Pill

Illustration Courtesy of Christy Thomas

Technological advances in reproduction have the Rev. Christy Thomas wondering how the church will deal with preach and teach about the sanctity of human sexuality. Read more

Christy Thomas

Resisting Injustice

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Is There Any #UMC Accountability for Resisting Injustice and Oppression?

With all the talk about enforcing United Methodism's anti-LGBT rules, the Rev. Morgan Guyton wonders why there isn't more furor over the baptismal vow we all take to resist evil. Read more

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Baptism 1-24

Illustration Courtesy of Amy Geary Holmes

Think you're still a United Methodist Lay Speaker? Not according to the new Book of Discipline, which has stripped the standing from hundreds of faithful church officers throughout the denomination. Read more

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Baptism 1-24

Illustration Courtesy of Amy Geary Holmes

Amy Yeary Holmes confronts the lie of unworthiness with an illustration from popular culture linked to the sacrament of baptism. Read more