Unquenchable Fire

“When you baptize her, can I be between her and the font?” the girl had asked me. On that particular Sunday three girls would join the church, one by baptism and two by confirmation of the baptism that they received as infants a dozen years earlier. The girl who wanted to be closest to the font had hoped that I would drip water on her between scooping water from the font and laying my wet hands on her friend.

Were you baptized with fire? All four Gospels contrast John’s baptism –judgment and repentance– with Jesus’s baptism –Holy Spirit and fire. Adjacent to this passage we hear of people who struggled with making their baptism real. Would your neighbor know if you were baptized?

I will have more to say about Luke 3:15-22 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 8:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 13th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor

A Tip for Parents

Shinny ornaments reflect the person looking at them so they become part of the decoration. Isaiah called God’s people to arise and shine, so they would reflect God’s glory. How might your child show their joy for Jesus?