Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury and spiritual head of the Anglican Church, has put out a very nice video summary that is promoted as a discussion of the baptism of Prince George, but ultimately, is a wonderful statement on baptism in general.  Please take a few minutes to watch, and enjoy!

”God’s love is offered without qualification, without price, without cost to all people in all circumstances always…For you Jesus Christ came into the world. For you he lived and showed God’s love. For you he suffered the darkness of Calvary and cried at the last, ‘It is accomplished.’ For you he triumphed over death and rose to new life. For you he reigns at God’s right hand. All this he did for you, though you do not know it yet.”

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Jesus sharing random thoughts with His followers.  At least that's my interpretation....

Jesus sharing random thoughts with His followers. At least that’s my interpretation….

So my wife pretty consistently tells me that I’m a depository of useless information, which I will share with her until she has a stomach ache. I’ve grown to accept her perceptions as truth.  In celebration of that, I thought I might share some random thoughts with you today….

1.  When explaining how Luther and Wesley considered the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism to be “channels” of grace, it’s probably best not to use the example of your dad, the plumber, installing a pipe so that bodily wastes have a route, or “channel” by which to travel from the toilet to the septic tank.  It’s infinitely better to use the example of your dad installing a pipe as a “channel” that transports water from a well to your sink.

I would rather not say which of these examples I spontaneously used during a discipleship group last week.

2.  For Baptists, salvation happens in a microwave (dramatic conversion).  For Methodist and Anglicans, it’s usually a crock pot experience (covenant relationships + God’s grace, working together to grow us to faith in Christ).  It’s real either way.

3.  I received a flyer in the mail this week from a local church inviting me to their March 31 “Alive Super Sunday” celebration.  Evangelical Christian culture has officially re-imagined Easter.  Transforming Lent into “40 Days of Focus” was bad enough.  Isn’t Easter good enough just being Easter?

It made me throw up in my mouth a little.

Actually, it made me throw up in my mouth a lot.

4.  Courtesy of sacredsandwich.com…..A question that perhaps all of us should be asking.

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