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Pentecost: Baptized With The Spirit

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, the day when we in the church remember the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. On Pentecost, we celebrate that the Spirit of Christ—The Holy Spirit—is with us, bringing life and empowering us to participate in the Spirit's ministry of reconciliation. Throughout history, the day of Pentecost has been closely associated with baptism, and rightly so. Indeed, baptism anticipates and is anticipated by the event of the coming of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost and baptism are symbiotic.  Despite Karl Barth's own infamous and somewhat perplexing rejection of infant baptism (and, I should say, I find it perplexing on the basis of Barth's own theology, since the primary actor in baptism, for Barth, is the Spirit and not the human), Barth provides some of the best theological rationale for baptism. According to Barth, it is the baptism with the Holy Spirit that makes our baptism with water possible and even "demands" it (C D IV.4, p.41). The Baptis

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