Towards a theology of children (Hayden Smith)

In the first part of this paper Rev Hayden Smith shows how children are valuable, not just as adults in the making, but as people. Their dependence and vulnerability, far from being an embarrassment, teach us something about being truly human. In part two, “children in the church”, Smith argues strongly for the inclusion of … Read more…

A baptism at Barneys

Remember your baptism

At one level baptism is quite simple to get your head around. While the precise mechanics varies from church to church, the basic idea is the same throughout the world and throughout history. It involves water and words.

But when you get down to what this beautifully simple symbol means, things get a bit more interesting. I thought I knew what baptism was all about. Until about 3 years ago when I decided to look into what the Bible actually says about baptism. … Read more…