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Why Am I Getting Baptized?

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I was baptized some years ago by immersion—but not for the reason you might think. At the time, my fiancé and I were looking for a church to get married in.

My Awful Baptism Story

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Holding a sunflower stalk, I waited at the foot of the stage. That day, my cell group member was getting baptized.

Why I Almost Didn't Get Baptized

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After five years of knowing, believing and growing in my Lord and Savior, I finally got baptized on Christmas Day last year.

ODJ: new names, new nature

In 2012, Pretoria, the capital city of South Africa, changed many of its street names, initially causing confusion for commuters and a headache for traffic reporters who were expected to give both street names in every update. After the names were changed, the format for traffic bulletins at most radio stations included the new street name followed by the word “formerly” and the old

ODJ: drowned by love

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One of my deep joys as a pastor has been to baptise both of my sons. I have a picture taken just before I went into the baptismal pool with one of my boys. I’m crouched down, eye to eye. I don’t remember what I was saying, but I remember the tears. God was pouring grace on my son, and my church was welcoming him into its fold.

Baptism is a visceral, physical moment. It contains myst

ODJ: why baptism?


The announcement couldn’t have been clearer: “Water baptism is not an option for the believer in Jesus. Please sign up for baptism. Baptismal classes begin in 2 weeks time.”