PRESCRIPT: This sermon was preached at Mountview Uniting Church, the congregation in which I am in placement, in the context of a Baptism – hence the references to this fact in the sermon itself.
One of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do as a minister is refuse parents’ request to baptise their child. It’s not something I’ve done often, or ever done lightly; and I am acutely aware of the fact that there are many in the Church who are of the view that I ought not have done so at all. But it is my view that Baptism is something that is far too important to do for the wrong reasons, or for no reason at all. And so it is that there have been times in my ministry when, with considerable reluctance, I have had to say “no”. Continue reading “Matthew 21: 23-32”