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Down in the River to Pray: Revisioning Baptism as God's Transforming Work
Crimes unspeakable. A name synonymous with twisted brutality and hate. Jeffrey Dahmer. The most notorious serial killer of our time.A decade ago his story shocked our nation and the world. But we didnrsquo;t get the whole story. In prison Dahmerrsquo;s dark journey crossed paths with deep grace.Here is the whole story told by a man who at first tried to avoid meeting Jeffr ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by ACU Press/Leafwood Publishers
(first published October 2003)
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'Baptism is more important than you think but not for the reasons you suppose', the opening statement in the preface, sums up the central thesis of the book. I think this book sets a high water mark for a clear substantive treatment of the subject of water baptism from the believers' baptism perspective. Treated as 'a line in the sand' that defines who is in and who is out, this holy sacrament has often been turned into a point of fierce, even violent contentions throughout some of the scandalou ...more
This book represents something of a twist on the traditional Church of Christ understanding on baptism. While holding to much of the NT emphasis on baptism, it also takes a decidedly theological and historical tone about its meaning while also seeking to answer some of the questions about its necessity and importance. At times it is a bit dull in its presentation, but if you're willing to take the time and the effort to consider the perspectives of the author it can be very helpful.
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