"Celebration," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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Preaching Series on Sacraments (2 of 4)
Preaching Series on Revelation (2 of 4)
Psalm 84; Romans 6:1-11 Commentary
by Karl Jacobson
[This is Week 2 of a 4-week preaching series on Sacraments.]
Baptism As often as not (and I am tempted to say too often) when we think about baptism (if we think about baptism at all) we tend to think about what happens in baptism, what baptism does for us. This is, of course, a good thing. But I want to argue that it is equally important to think about what baptism is for us.
It is widely noted that for Martin Luther baptism was to be understood as a daily event, a cleansing and renewal of forgiveness that we need, and is ours, every day. In other words, baptism is not something once done, now finished, but once done, now lived in.
I am taking my lead in this from Psalm 46, which describes a river, “whose streams make glad the city of God” (verse 4). The source (quite literally) of these glad-making waters, feeds a city. The idea is of “place,” of baptism as a metaphorical location in which the baptized finds herself.
In my take on the texts for the first two weeks of this series emphasis has been placed on this sort of ...
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NL278: Preaching Series on Sacraments
August 20, 2017
This is the podcast for the Narrative Lectionary's 4-week preaching series on sacraments (Aug. 13-Sept. 3, 2017), featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Craig Koester. Podcast recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn.