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May 12, 2009

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Steve

thanks SelahV, reminds me of my first baptismal service in a church planting situation, in a river. We assembled at high tide, I preached, and the tide went out. When we went down into the water, it was only 18" deep. We walked to find deeper water.. and the folk sang 48 verses of "Follow Follow.." We found deeper water half a mile out, 20 feet deep.. and sharks! so we settled for 12" of water. The young man had had some misconceptions about baptism and expressed those to me a week before, "I don't think I can hold my breath long enough to be baptised.. I can't get up to 3 minutes under water yet (one for each member of the Trinity)!" I explained it was very briefly that he'd be under the water, only two or three seconds at the most... How wrong I was.. I baptised him forwards in the river (I was young, 24, and I just assumed that was the correct method from seeing others) and as I did so, his behind came up! I held his head under the water, whilst I pushed down on his behind.. (after all its total immersion!) But try as I might I couldn't get his behind down! There it was, all dry! push as I might it just wouldn't go under! After about a minute or maybe two.. maybe three.. it suddenly occurred to me that I was drowning the poor guy.
He came up suddenly with a bit of sea weed hanging down over one eye!

selahV

Oh, Steve! How hilarious! I'm sure at the time, it wasn't. But oh my goodness, how naive we all once were. The first time my husband baptized a man, Bob knocked his head against the back of the tank. You could hear a big "thud" in the auditorium. We didn't know what had happened.

Steve

hahaha thanks Sleahv.. I enjoyed that!

Luke

I love it when the unexpected happens. Especially when it is to someone else. I'll bet that the church laughed while David pushed her around in the pool. I would have even begun to laugh if it happened to me.

Rick Boyne

Thanks for the smile this morning!

Chris Gilliam

merci.
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David R. Brumbelow

Steve,
Great story.
All,
Thanks for the comments. Someone should write a book about baptism stories. Interesting how such a solemn occasion is also often so humorous. Maybe God is just reminding us not to take ourselves too seriously.
David R. Brumbelow

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