Amy Yoder McGloughlin’s reflections as a mother and a pastor include important thoughts on believer’s baptism and parenting. So do the testimonies of the two being baptised and the dog. Enjoy. How do you view baptism and giving your adolescent/adult children the freedom to choose?
by Amy Yoder McGloughlin, Mennonite Pastor and parent of two teenagers.
On Sunday I baptized two young people in my congregation–one was thirteen, and one was thirty. Both talked–from their own developmental place–about the importance of faith and the church in their lives. The teenager talked about the church as a place where–unlike other parts of his life–he’s not bullied, but loved for who his is.” He said, “Jesus was bullied, so I think he understands how I feel, but Jesus was also surrounded by people that loved him, and that’s how church feels to me.”
The thirty year old is someone I’ve know for much of his life. He was unsure about baptism for many years–he’s the kind of person that needed to talk it through, to think it through–he needed to be absolutely sure. He described baptism as “coming home.” It’s coming to a faith that…
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