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The Rev. Dr. Patrick Keen

Patrick Keen: Taking Baptism Seriously

Mark 1:9-11

Baptism of the Lord - Year B

January 07, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Patrick Keen (ELCA)


As we come together to consider the actions of Jesus submitting to the baptism being offered by John the Baptist, I would like for us to first do a word study to help us in the discerning of what this thing called baptism is, and what role our baptism plays in the believer's faith and life.

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The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson

Debra Samuelson: Tattooed for Life

Matthew 3:13-17

Baptism of the Lord - Year A

January 08, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson (ELCA)


A man from Good Shepherd, the church I'm serving in Minneapolis, told me that he and his twin boys were watching a football game together. The boys noticed and commented on the tattoos of many of the players. It opened up a wonderful conversation for them. Bill, their father, talked about the stories; all those tattoos have stories with them.

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Other Recent Content About Baptism

The Rev. Dr. Clayton Schmit Transcript

January 10, 2016

I Have Called You By My Name

The Rev. Dr. Clayton Schmit (ELCA)

Dr. Clay Schmit says when we are baptized in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, we are given the name of the one who was baptized before us, Jesus Christ, the anointed one. And we are anointed ourselves--from that moment on, bearing his name: Christian.
The Rev. Maxwell Grant Transcript

January 11, 2015

Torn Open, By God

The Rev. Maxwell Grant (UCC)

As the church observes the Baptism of the Lord, Max Grant points out that in Mark's gospel, the heavens are 'torn open' for the dove to descend on Jesus, which tells us that the baptism of Jesus is clearly a radical act--God has committed the act of breaking and entering into the world. And if we take our baptism seriously, it might just tear open our own lives.
The Very Rev. Barkley Thompson Transcript

January 12, 2014

Secret Identity

The Very Rev. Barkley Thompson (TEC)

As the church celebrates the Baptism of the Lord, Dean Barkley Thompson explores Jesus' identity, and ours in baptism. Just as Jesus did, we can see that in our baptism, Jesus' identity becomes our own true selves. We emerge from the water reborn into him, sons and daughters of God.
The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown Transcript

January 13, 2013

Does Baptism Matter?

The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown (other)

In his sermon for the Baptism of the Lord Sunday, Marble Collegiate Church minister Dr. Michael Brown points out that to the gospel writers, baptism is crucial. Everything starts at the river where Jesus enters the waters of baptism--it was the moment when Jesus was claimed and called. We too belong to God and are called to do something special.
Canon Caroline Westerhoff Transcript

October 21, 2012

The Merry-Go-Round

Canon Caroline Westerhoff (TEC)

Caroline Westerhoff helps us wrestle with Jesus' teaching on humility in Mark 10:35-45, which shows us how to live, face to face with each other, and with Jesus.
The Rev. David Lewicki Transcript

January 08, 2012

As It Was in the Beginning

The Rev. David Lewicki (PCUSA)

What we learn from the account of creation in Genesis 1 and the launching of Jesus' ministry in Mark 1 is that beginnings matter--they tell us who we are, whose we are, and where we are going.
The Rev. Dr. Bill J. Leonard Transcript

January 09, 2011

The River

The Rev. Dr. Bill Leonard (CBF)

The Rev. Dr. Bill Leonard takes a look at Jesus' baptism (Matthew 3:13-17), and helps us gain a fresh appreciation for the sacrament that unites us with Christian community.
The Rev. John Gunn

What is Love

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

What is love? In this episode of Be Still and Know The Rev. John R. Gunn writes "That answer is found in the personal acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior."