"Paul's answer to this question is really radical. It is nothing less than sharing in Jesus' death to sin and in His resurrection to new life. That is, Jesus' resurrection isn't just about eternal life that happens when you die. It's about the eternal life that starts right now in each one of us."
"And God does not confer those gifts upon us so that they can become private possessions for our own enjoyment. God confers His gifts upon us so that we can serve Him in the world. Indeed, baptism should revolutionize our whole way of looking at the world."
"Baptism is a sign of hope. Baptism stands before us as a parted red sea, offering us a way out. Baptism stands before us a s a cleansing flood that has the capacity to wash away the worst of stains. That's why it's a sign of grace.
"But the truth is that the fundamental obstacle to faith has always been the same thing and the fundamental obstacle is not science, or atheism, or materialism but our own little sinful selves." Sermon by the Rev'd Canon Dr. Michael Petty