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The ritual of baptism has often been reduced to a symbolic 'rite of passage' into a local congregation. Paul Galbreath, reaching into memory and history, has called us as readers into the recovery of the sacred and the transformational as inherent ingredients in this formative event. We all recover in these pages a sense of our full conversion as followers of The Way. --Daniel G. Bagby, Theodore F. Adams Emeritus Professor of Pastoral Care Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond

In this deep and refreshing work, Galbreath taps the wellspring of ancient Christian tradition, distills clear analysis of our contemporary setting, and draws on a great reservoir of personal and pastoral experience--all to show that Christian life is baptismal life. The church and world are thirsty for such wisdom. --David Gambrell, Associate for Worship, Office of Theology and Worship, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

With vivid stories and provocative questions, Paul Galbreath leads us on a journey through the waters of baptism. Focusing on how this ancient practice shapes Christian disciples for today, Galbreath illumines baptism as the pattern of a whole life, rooted in God's mercy and turned in compassion toward the world. These reflections will shake and revive you like fresh rain. --Martha Moore-Keish, Associate Professor of Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary

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Paul Galbreath is Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. He is the author of Doxology and Theology and previously served as a pastor for ten years in the Pacific Northwest and in the Office of Theology and Worship of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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