Preaching Connection: Baptism

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The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – 2

Story by Stephen King, screenplay by Frank Darabont. 142 minutes, rated R. Starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. As for baptism, there is probably no better representation of what it signals than the most spectacular scene in a film full of stunning sequences. Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), wrongly convicted of killing his wife, and consequently…

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The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – 1

Story by Stephen King, screenplay by Frank Darabont. 142 minutes, rated R. Starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. The first question of The Shawshank Redemption (1994) asks how in the world could this film—full of blasphemy, rancor, obscenity, and violence, though most of the last occurs off-screen—ever find its way onto a list of religiously…

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Reading for Preaching

“Baptism” in Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC’S of Faith

“Question: How about infant baptism?  Shouldn’t you wait till the child grows up enough to know what’s going on? Answer: If you don’t think there is as much of the less-than-human in an infant as there is in anybody else, you have lost touch with reality.  When it comes to the forgiving and transforming love...
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Gilead

The 76-year-old minister John Ames writes a letter to his 7-year-old son Robby (to be saved and read by Robby when he grows up).  Sometimes he writes while looking out the window: “You and Tobias are hopping around in the sprinkler.  The sprinkler is a magnificent invention because it exposes raindrops to sunshine.  That does...
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