BAPTISM: Then and Now

Baptism has long been a subject of controversy and concern. The easy way out might be to ignore it, but baptism is too closely tied to the church. If we are concerned with the mission of the church, we must come to terms with a proper understanding of baptism.

Another easy way out would be to repeat whatever we've heard and let it go at that. Repetition has its place, but it seldom leads to vitality. Vitality is essential to the mission of the church, and for this reason--if for no other--we need to probe again into the meaning and significance of baptism.

The articles collected in this issue of MISSION are intended to be probes, and it is the hope of the Editors that they will help to stimulate us to a more vital understanding of baptism.