Say What You Mean

Every minister has tales of what happens when parents bring their child for baptism. Usually they have to introduce themselves because you have never seen hide not hair of them in the ten years you have been in the parish. Yet, they “Want the wean done.”

One couple came requesting a christening for their child. I began to try to explain the implications of baptism.

The father interrupted me “No, we dinnae want any baptism, we want the wee yin tae be christened.”

After failing to get across to him what I meant by baptism I asked him, “What do you mean by christening?”

He leaned forward and explained, as though to a backwards child,  “See, that John the Baptist, well he baptised. But Jesus Christ, he christened. Noo dae ye get it.”

At least he knew what he wanted.


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