Crossway Baptist in Melbourne has launched an online baptism preparation resource which is a ‘gift’ to all the rest of us as well. The site allows people to establish their own log in and then progress through a series of studies on the meaning of baptism. There is a short video for each section to help guide participants. There is a leaders guide for those helping people prepare for baptism and a section for Frequently Asked Questions. This is an excellent contribution into a much needed void of resources for baptism within our movement of churches. Check it out here.
I indulged today and instead of my spartan lunch of tuna on rye bread I splashed out and headed off to my nearest Subway. The lady in front of me was a pensioner, and it was her first visit to Subway. She seemed confused by the choice of sandwhich and the rapid fire questions being asked in sequence by the ‘sandwich artist’. Fear and confusion got the better of her and she pulled out of the queue. I tried to coax her back in by giving her a brief lesson by pointing out the sequence as displayed on the counter. It still seemed too overwhelming so she opted to stand back and observe the sequence and decode the language of ordering. When the queue cleared she ventured back to the counter and began her first ever faltering Subway purchase experience. I’m not sure if she’ll be back. I will be, cos I know the lingo and can repeat the drill in my sleep. I wonder if this his how people encounter the church? (more…)