Returning to the Baptismal Waters

Returning to the Baptismal Waters

Returning to the baptismal waters was more emotional than I ever expected. Recently, I was asked to baptize a young woman named Kate in the church where I served for 11 years. As a pastor with over two decades of local congregational experience, I grew accustomed to...
The Most Important Ritual in American Society

The Most Important Ritual in American Society

I have long been a fan of ritual. It is almost worth being religious just to be able to perform the rituals connected with a faith tradition. The prostration during Muslim prayer, the administration of communion during Christian worship, the devotional positions of...