Today I’m getting baptized at Berean Bible Baptist, the church I’ve been attending with my girlfriend and her family. I had been baptized some years ago in our previous church at GCF, but that’s not officially recognized by this establishment (y’know, bein’ B’ah’ble Baptist and all), so I’m going through this as a formality, if you will.
Yes, full immersion. I’m not such a stickler for full immersion as most Baptists usually are, but then, I’m not going to raise a dispute standing waist-deep in the pool at the front of the sanctuary. Just let them dunk me, and I’m a member. There we go.
I’ll be in swimming trunks. ;) No one will know, since there’s a private dressing room for baptizees, and we leave and re-enter it in our baptism robes, but under the robe, I’ll be in wildly-colored Hawaiian trunks completely inappropriate for such a solemn occasion. Heh heh.
Having read my share of Reformed literature (thanks to all you Presblogterians :) I do have several concerns regarding specific Baptist foibles, but I’ve spoken with the pastor (he’s American, by the way) concerning this, and he’s okay, so long as these can be discussed in a sensitive, non-contentious manner. I’ll post my theological issues some other time for everyone to discuss.
Then, after morning service, I’m going to a friend’s wedding at Clark, the former US military base to the North, now a Special Economic Zone / Desolate Wasteland.
Two sacraments in one day? Yes, it is possible. I’ll have photos.