Preseason Baptism

There are so many levels on which to comment on this story, I don’t know where to start.

1. A coach getting ten of his players baptized before football season: is there some need of divine intervention on the playing field for this team?

2. How much of a surprise were these baptisms: for the players or for the minister? I’m supposing the font or whatever was all warmed up and ready to go, right?

3. Baptism prep? Does it count if the guys are running two-a-day drills as part of the experience of knowing the death of Christ?

4. Baptizing minors without parental permission? The minister’s excuse: “Sometimes 16-year-olds look like 18 years. We did the best we could.” What’s next for Rev Ron Davis: carding before immersion? He did know his parishioner coached high school football, right?

5. Using government property to transport players?

6. The school superintendent was present at the baptisms. She was a church member, in fact.

7. The players who attended were promised a free steak dinner. Who picked up the tab for that: the school district, the coaches, or the church?

8. “Matt Staver, founder and general counsel for Liberty Counsel … compared it to a coach inviting players to attend a play or to go see a baseball game.” Nice. Baptism equated with good entertainment.

What have I missed? I’m sure there’s something else here big enough to drive John Madden’s bus through, but I’ll leave it in your hands.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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3 Responses to Preseason Baptism

  1. Liam says:

    Oh my. This is so wrong.

    About the only thing you might have missed is to ask what form the baptism took; some of the more primitive-oriented Baptist ministers baptize in the name of Christ only, not in the name of the Trinity, and that form of baptism would not be recognized by most Christian denominations.

  2. brian says:

    hey kid, Jesus is wide open for the option!

  3. Jimmy Mac says:

    For those who weren’t ready: first and 10, try it again.

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