I used to think it would be cool to be baptized in a crick. Not a creek, those are for fancy city folk. I’m talking about a crick. In my head, I imagined gospel singing, sweet tea and some sort of crawfish-type boil. (I am mostly Cajun in my head.)
But then I remembered that cricks are chock full of snakes. So I went the more traditional route and got baptized in a church. Fortunately, though, churches are getting creative with how they do baptisms.
In fact, a few months ago at a church called “Relevant” in Tampa, I saw something I’d never seen before. Below is a photo of it.
That’s right, an above ground pool.
No slide, of course. I’m surprised you even asked. But other than that, it was exactly what it looks like. A big pool.
It was incredibly hard to not go jump into it. The little kid in me wanted to cannonball right in the middle of the sermon.
I could hear it taunting me. “The water is warm. Come on. Who is going to get mad at you? Tell people it was the spirit. Did your inner voice just encourage you to throw the Holy Spirit under the bus? It sure did. But I have faith in you. It would make a great Stuff Christians Like post.”
That last line almost got me, but I’m mature now. I have gray hair and pronounce words correctly and stuff.
So I didn’t.
But it did make me curious. How does your church do baptism? Crick? Pool? Or something else entirely?