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  • "The Centrality of Baptism: On Pentecost and in Your Life" (Sermon for the Day of Pentecost, on Acts 2:1-42)

    06/04/2022 9:44:55 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 5, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Centrality of Baptism: On Pentecost and in Your Life” (Acts 2:1-42) Today is the Day of Pentecost, one of the three great festivals of the Christian church year, along with Christmas and Easter. This festival commemorates the day of Pentecost that we read about in Acts chapter 2. And what happened that day--the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Peter’s preaching of Christ crucified and risen and repentance and forgiveness in his name--what did that result in? The baptism of 3,000 souls that day. And we even see what happened in the life of the newly baptized in the days...
  • Dunkin' Donuts Opens New Sprinklin' Donuts For Presbyterians

    05/09/2022 10:03:16 AM PDT · by HKMk23 · 41 replies
    The Babylon Bee ^ | May 6, 2022 | Staff
    MOSCOW, ID — To accommodate people who prefer sprinkling donuts with coffee instead of fully immersing their donuts in coffee, Dunkin’ Donuts recently announced plans to open new branches of their popular donut shops in communities with a large number of practicing Presbyterians.
  • Alleged Member Of El Chapo's Cartel Arrested During Church Baptism

    03/01/2022 3:44:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Unilad ^ | 23 FEB 2022 | Emily Brown
    A man suspected of being a member of El Chapo's Sinaloa drug cartel was arrested last week in the middle of a baptism being held in a Mexican church. Jose Bryan Salgueiro Zepeda was in attendance at the baptismal Mass at a church in Culiacán, Sinaloa, when agents interrupted the proceedings to arrest him. Widely-shared footage of the dramatic events shows Salgueiro Zepeda standing alongside three other people in the church while a priest can be heard speaking off-camera. See the footage below: In the clip, the priest can be heard saying in Spanish: 'Do you renounce Satan? Do you...
  • Priest incorrectly performed thousands of baptisms by changing word, making them invalid

    02/15/2022 5:49:53 AM PST · by kinsman redeemer · 368 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/14/2022 | David Aaro | Fox News
    The Diocese of Phoenix said 'all of the baptisms he has performed until June 17, 2021, are presumed invalid'"The issue with using ‘We’ is that it is not the community that baptizes a person, rather, it is Christ, and Him alone, who presides at all of the sacraments, and so it is Christ Jesus who baptizes," Olmsted said.
  • Ark Encounter Theme Park Adds Baptismal Log Flume Ride

    01/12/2022 5:15:35 PM PST · by DFG · 10 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | 01/12/2022 | Babylon Bee
    WILLIAMSTOWN, KY—The wildly popular Ark Encounter attraction in Kentucky will soon be joined by a baptismal-themed log flume ride. The log ride will have guests tossed to and fro by the water rapids of sin before experiencing a 3-story drop into the water so they can be raised to walk in newness of life. Riders will then gently glide by a giant animatronic Ken Ham statue that will fill them in on all the next steps they need to take as new believers. "Our Ark Encounter is specially designed to offer a full gospel message to everyone who visits the...
  • The symbolism of Jesus’ baptism at the Jordan river

    01/09/2022 9:07:53 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 01/09/22 | Philip Kosloski
    When Jesus was baptized by St. John the Baptist, it wasn’t just any body of water, or puddle, but the Jordan river. This is significant, as this spot wasn’t random, but has profound biblical symbolism. When the people of Israel were led to the “Promised Land,” they had one final hurdle to overcome: the Jordan river. The entire nation had to cross the Jordan river in order to claim the land that God had marked out for them. This action is narrated in the book of Joshua. The people then followed Joshua across the Jordan river and were saved from...
  • "Epiphany, Baptism, and a Tale of Two Herods" (Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 3:15-22)

    01/07/2022 8:05:10 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 9, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Epiphany, Baptism, and a Tale of Two Herods” (Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 3:15-22) Every year, the Epiphany of Our Lord always falls on January 6, which was this past Thursday. The Gospel reading for Epiphany is the visit of the wise men, from Matthew 2. On the first Sunday after the Epiphany, which is today, we always observe the Baptism of Our Lord. And this year the Gospel reading is the account from Luke. This past Thursday, we had to cancel our Epiphany service. So now today, I decided to combine the readings for the two services, the Epiphany of Our...
  • Transgender people can’t be baptized unless they’ve ‘repented,’ Catholic diocese says

    12/09/2021 7:43:48 AM PST · by Petrosius · 20 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 8, 2021 | Marisa Iati
    A Catholic diocese in Michigan has instructed its pastors to deny baptism, confirmation and other sacraments to transgender and nonbinary people unless they have “repented” — possibly the first diocese in the United States to issue such a sweeping policy about those who identify with a gender other than their sex assigned at birth. The guidance issued by the Diocese of Marquette also stipulates that transgender people may not receive Communion, in which Catholics believe the body and blood of Jesus Christ are truly present. In most circumstances, they cannot receive the anointing of the sick, which is meant to...
  • Church Leadership Board Approves Baptism Boosters

    10/31/2021 3:26:29 PM PDT · by DFG · 11 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | 10/31/2021 | Babylon Bee
    TUSCALOOSA, AL—The leadership of 4th Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa has just approved baptism "boosters" for their entire congregation starting at 5 years old. Elders believe these boosters will be at least 70% effective at saving those who weren't quite saved after their first and second baptisms. "We recommend people attend this year's week-long revival and get their boosters," said head pastor Dale Smithers. "Sometimes the first baptism doesn't quite do the trick and it's always best to be safe! AAA-MEN? AMEN!" Sources say teens are best protected against eternal damnation in the lake of fire, as they routinely get booster...
  • Catholic Teaching on Unborn Right to Eternal Life ‘Pathetic’, Says [Former Irish President] McAleese

    02/16/2021 6:08:19 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 2/15/21 | Patsy McGarry
    Former president claims the church is failing those who die unbaptised before or at birth The Catholic Church’s failure to reflect its concern for the right to life of the unborn with a smilar concern for the right to eternal life of those who die unbaptised before or at birth has been highlighted by former president Mary McAleese. “These are not rare or exceptional cases. There are tens of millions of them every year. They die by clinical abortion, spontaneous miscarriage, still-birth or from fatal conditions which cause them to die in utero or soon after birth. The vast majority...
  • The Life Aquatic – Underwater Ministry

    01/06/2021 6:56:44 AM PST · by Carpe Cerevisi · 8 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | January 6, 2021 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    The Baptism of Jesus is an event that, in many Churches, is passed over in relative silence. At most, they treat it as an act of obedience or humility. Christ is clearly not in need of repentance (He has no sin), and yet He insists that John should baptize Him. The Holy Spirit is seen to descend and rest upon Him at the completion of this act. That, in sum, is almost everything said about His Baptism throughout much of the Christian world. Not so, in Orthodoxy. The feast of Christ’s Baptism (known as Theophany), is one of the three...
  • "Messengers Marking Out the Messiah" (Sermon for the Second Sunday in Advent, on Mark 1:1-8)

    12/05/2020 10:57:45 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 6, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Messengers Marking Out the Messiah” (Mark 1:1-8) In centuries past, in lands where there were kings, when the king was about to go visit various parts of his realm, messengers would be sent out, heralds, to go ahead to each town and announce the soon arrival of that mighty monarch. “The king is coming! Everybody get ready! The king is on his way!” And the people would know what to do. They would clean up any trash littering their town. If there were potholes in the roads, those would get filled in. Got to have everything in order for the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Invalidly baptized Oklahoma priest baptized and ‘re-ordained’

    09/17/2020 8:18:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | September 16, 2020 | Mary Farrow
    [Catholic Caucus] Invalidly baptized Oklahoma priest baptized and ‘re-ordained’  Denver Newsroom, Sep 16, 2020 / 04:08 pm MT (CNA).-  In the second known instance in the United States, a man who believed himself to be a validly baptized Catholic and ordained priest had to “re-receive” all of his sacraments, including ordination, after discovering that his baptism was invalid.Fr. Zachary Boazman, a priest of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, thought he was validly ordained in 2019. But in August, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a doctrinal note, reminding Catholics that baptisms are not valid if the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Papal Baptism of the Conjoined Twins Was a Blessing — and a Puzzle

    08/17/2020 11:57:47 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | August 12, 2020 | Father Raymond J. de Souza
    [Catholic Caucus] Papal Baptism of the Conjoined Twins Was a Blessing — and a Puzzle COMMENTARY: The fact that the 2-year-old girls were not baptized earlier, by someone else, suggests an inexplicable pastoral failure to heed Pope Francis’ stress on the supreme importance of the sacrament. A pastoral puzzle remains. How is it that the pastors, chaplains, doctors and nurses caring for the Bangalo twins in Bangui and in Rome did not see to it that the girls were baptized long before they turned 2 years old? No child in good health should have a baptism delayed for that length...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Sorry, Cdl Cupich, you can’t insist that private baptisms require episcopal approval

    04/02/2020 8:11:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 2, 2020 | Joseph Shaw
    [Catholic Caucus] Sorry, Cdl Cupich, you can’t insist that private baptisms require episcopal approval Church law informs parents that they have an obligation—not just an option—to have their children baptised in the ‘first few weeks’ April 2, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Much has been written about the lack of Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Penance (Confession) in the current public health situation, but I’d like to say something about the Sacrament of Baptism. This will only affect a small number of people, but it has a particular interest because in principle, as we are all taught in Catechism, anyone having...
  • How can pro-life Christians also support capital punishment?

    03/13/2020 11:18:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/13/2020 | Richard Land
    Question: There was a recent New York Times Magazine article about conman Paul Skalnik and how his false testimonies sent dozens to jail and 4 people to death row. In Florida, where death sentencing was/is popular, there have been 29 death-row inmates exonerated by the time of the article's publication. There was also a study that estimated 1 in 25, 4.1 percent, of inmates sentenced to death are innocent. Even if the state kills one innocent person, isn’t that too much? As Christians who talk about killing innocent babies, how can we then go and support capital punishment when there...
  • The Bountiful Blessings of Baptism - A Homily for the Baptism of the Lord

    01/12/2020 10:48:21 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-11-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on January 11, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope The Bountiful Blessings of Baptism – A Homily for the Baptism of the Lord Today’s feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a moment to reflect not only on the Lord’s baptism, but also on our own. For in an extended sense, when Christ is baptized, so are we, for we are members of his body. As Christ enters the water, he makes holy the water that will baptize us. He enters the water and we who are members of his Body go with him. And in these waters...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-12-20, FEAST, The Baptism of the Lord

    01/11/2020 9:37:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-12-20 | Revised New American Bible
    January 12 2020 The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Reading 1 Is 42:1-4, 6-7 Thus says the LORD: Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I have put my spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations, not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street. a bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoldering wick he shall not quench, until he establishes justice on the earth; the coastlands will wait for his teaching.I, the LORD, have called you for the...
  • The Final Destruction of Demons – Holy Baptism

    01/03/2020 12:52:06 PM PST · by Carpe Cerevisi · 9 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | January 3, 2020 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    “Final” is not a word you often hear in Christian teaching. Most Christians leave the final things until, well, the End. But this is not the language of the fathers nor of the Church. A good illustration can be found in the Orthodox service of Holy Baptism. During the blessing of the waters the priest prays: And grant to [this water] the grace of redemption, the blessing of Jordan. Make it the fountain of incorruption, the gift of sanctification, the remission of sins, the remedy of infirmities; the final destruction of demons, unassailable by hostile powers, filled with angelic might....
  • Teens discover 1500-year-old church that redefines Israeli history

    11/27/2019 12:22:15 PM PST · by robowombat · 18 replies
    Keep the Faith ^ | Wednesday, November 27, 2019 | Wesley Hudson
    Teens discover 1500-year-old church that redefines Israeli history The church was discovered near Israel’s Ramat Beit Shemesh neighbourhood. An excavation, largely completed by teens, unearthed the church which dated back to 543 AD during the time of Emperor Justinian. After three years of detailed digging, archaeologists came across mosaics, pillars, still-intact crypts, and frescoes that at one time came together to form a beautiful church. An inscription indicated the building was complete thanks to the financial support of the Emperor. Excavation director Benjamin Storchan, on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, told CBN News: “Numerous written sources attest to imperial...