This is an email I send out to our congregation occasionally to instruct them about our practice of infant baptism -- not just why we baptize infants, but also why we baptize the way way we, why we use the liturgy we do, etc.



"The Christian church is there to remind people, young men included and perhaps even first and foremost, that they have a woman to find, a garden to walk in, a family to nurture, an ark to build, a land to conquer, a ladder to heaven to build, and the utter, terrible catastrophe of life to face stalwartly in truth, devoted to love and without fear." -- Jordan Peterson


A few thoughts on the so-called gender wars:

I'd have to do some research on my hard drive or in my old email folders to be sure, but I think this essay was probably written about 2004 or 2005, when the Federal Vision controversy was raging. I do not know why the formatting is somewhat messed up but it should still be readable. Because this essay has been one of my more commented-on baptismal essays, I thought it would be fitting to republish it on the blog.

A PDF is available here.



By Rich Lusk

What is the purpose of gathering together on the first day of each week for worship? If worship gathers up the gifts of the past week and gives thanks for them, if worship lays a foundation of grace for the week to come, what does that mean? How does it work? What are we supposed to be doing when we gather? More importantly, what is God doing when we gather?