Readings: Matthew 3:1-12
“Because the only people baptized prior to this time were those converting from paganism to Judaism. These converts, Gentiles, were considered unclean, so they were required to participate in t a symbolic washing of their filth so as to become worthy of join the community of Israel. The convert baptized himself, as if he were taking a bath before he could join the community of Israel.” –R. C. Sproul
My life is one of contradictions. I’m a southern boy living in northern New England; a boring guy married to super-fun girl; a conservative pastor in a progressive Christian denomination; a changed man in need of change; a sinner loved by a holy and perfect God.