baptism blunder

"Baptism Blunder" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Baptism Blunder” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Fred overestimated how long to keep someone under just to make sure it took effect. He was too demanding in his theology and too exacting in his practice. It would continue throughout his ministry. Many people suffered as a result.


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8 Responses

  1. Pat Pope says:

    Ha! I had a classmate to keep me under a bit too long when I was getting baptized in the Jordan River on our tour of Israel several years ago.

  2. how many people can say they were baptized in the Jordan!!! wow.

  3. Caryn LeMur says:

    lol…. David Hayward, your sense of humor is wonderfully warped! 🙂

    I remember my early theology and approach – – it was indeed highly disciplined. The only son of a career military man, a long distance runner, a person that practiced almost every day on their instrument…. I graduated early from High School, and I helped start an outreach movement and spoke at concerts, served in a traveling Divine Healing Ministry, and then helped start a School of the Bible which later became a church … and then had to walk away from it all at age 21.

    I had neatly destroyed myself. I burnt myself out. I may have destroyed others… and not even known it.

    I left Christianity for 12 to 13 years… I was unable to change my pacing for many years. I think I finally changed my pacing… and my all-or-nothing approach… and that allowed me to return to Christianity.

    Now, I enjoy a wonderful and crazy life, but it is jogging rather than racing. I am still busier than most of my peers, but that is just me… and it is ok. And soon, I turn 60….

    And, hopefully, I will continue to drown no one… 😉

  4. Yes my journey is all over the place. i’m hard to nail down and hard to drown.

  5. Ducatihero says:

    Hi Caryn,

    I can identify with the burnout. However for me it was being brought up with undiagnosed dyslexia and being considered to be lacking in effort, careless and complacent with those tapes playing and overworking myself. This played out in church as I came to faith in my mid 30’s. Healing has come form a combination of being in Christian meditation and changing my approach to work and community based on what is true and my true self rather than the lies about myself that I was told and bought into.

    I’ve never been more at peace, content and grateful 🙂

  6. Great place to end up Ducatihero.

  7. Caryn LeMur says:

    Wow, Ducati. I am impressed.

    I think overcoming the ‘tapes’ or ‘scripts’ laid down in our childhood is one of the great efforts of becoming a mature functioning adult.

    “To him that overcomes, I will give….” is a theme within the ‘Letters’ section of the Book of Revelation. It makes much more sense as I have grown older.

    The blessing is not ‘To him that overworks….’ but ‘To him that overcomes…’.

  8. Caryn LeMur says:

    By the way, Ducati. I wanted to say ‘thank you’ for mentioning the concept of ‘silent prayer’ (a few weeks back).

    That concept seemed to ‘give me permission’ to grieve, to ‘touch the Spirit’, and to say it was ‘ok’ to have little to pray about. My internal anger at the loss of my friend appears to be lessening.

    I think this is good. Grief should be about a process that flows at its own pace.

    Grief frozen in one place, or forever cycling in one phase, seems to be destructive.

    Thank you again; Caryn