Top ten ministry moments – #1: “Pastor Dad”

Finally, here’s the one you’ve been waiting for. My number one ministry moment, though, is actually a series of moments when being a dad intersected with being a pastor and I had the unique privilege of baptizing, confirming, marrying and ordaining my children. Continue reading

Steve’s baptism

img_0110Last Tuesday night I baptized Steve, who grew up in a Jewish family.  He had been attending our church for quite some time, took membership class, and was a great friend.  What a privilege for me to welcome him into God’s family!  Liv captured the picture at just the right time.  This is one of those joyful, power-filled moments of pastoral ministry that makes it all worthwhile.

Baptism

Do you have any idea how cool it is to baptize an adult?  That’s when I am most aware of God’s power and presence.  Paul kind of came out of nowhere, started attending our church, and came to me to be baptized.  We didn’t do anything different.  In fact, I did nothing.  God did it all.  I started the baptism part of the service and I could feel the emotion welling up in me.  Lisa can always hear that in my voice.  I pulled it together and will remember this baptism for a long, long time.  As I told him at the conclusion, it is a privilege to call him a brother in Christ.  I can’t wait to see what God has in store for him!