John O. Nelson

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We would all, I trust, agree with the centrality of baptism for Lutheran theology and its importance for Lutheran liturgical renewal. Yet, how many of us are from parishes where baptisms, if done during the Sunday assembly at all, are at small, out of the way fonts, with a few drops of water, no candles or oil, and little or no congregational involvement? Certainly, the baptism is valid, but is it salutary? Have we done any more than meet the "lifetime minimum requirement of grace"? Have we lost a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the richness of grace poured out in baptism, not only on the baptized but on the community?

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