Baptism and Christian Identity: Teaching in the Triune Name

Baptism and Christian Identity: Teaching in the Triune Name

Baptism and Christian Identity: Teaching in the Triune Name

Baptism and Christian Identity: Teaching in the Triune Name

Synopsis

In this book Gordon Mikoski examines how the sacrament of baptism, the doctrine of the Trinity, and the practice of Christian education together constitute a dynamic nexus that has the potential to foster congregations marked by the formation of both deep Christian identity and creative engagement in public arenas for the common good. / After establishing the necessity of holding baptism, Trinity, and ecclesial pedagogy together through his careful study of both Gregory of Nyssa and John Calvin, Mikoski outlines how this nexus can function for contemporary Christian communities as they carry out the work of educational ministry. He then explores the dynamics of faith formation in the contemporary American context, concluding with a suggestive treatment of implications of the baptism-Trinity-pedagogy nexus for the educational ministry of a given congregation.

Excerpt

Thinking begins in what may fairly be called a forked-road situa
tion, a situation that is ambiguous, that presents a dilemma, that
proposes alternatives. As long as our activity glides smoothly along
from one thing to another, or as long as we permit our imagination
to entertain fancies at pleasure, there is no call for reflection. Diffi
culty or obstruction in the way of reaching a belief brings us, how
ever, to a pause. in the suspense of uncertainty, we metaphorically
climb a tree; we try to find some standpoint from which we may sur
vey additional facts and, getting a more commanding view of the sit
uation, may decide how the facts stand in relation to one another
.

John Dewey, How We Think

The Point of View of the Author

I came late to Christianity. Christian beliefs and practices were largely unknown to me during the first seventeen years of my life. My conversion to Christianity came as the culmination of a search for ultimate truth. Christianity was the very last place I looked for anything having to do with truth. As I read the Gospel of Matthew one spring morning during my senior year of high school, I had the strong sense that Jesus Christ was alive and somehow speaking to me through the text of the Sermon on the Mount. At that moment I knew that he was truth embodied. Everything . . .

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