death, burial, and resurrection. The word baptize actually means “to put under.”
   It makes sense that we, too, should be baptized by being placed completely under the water rather than just being sprinkled with water.

Confessions of a
       Messed-Up Teen
   “Excuse me, Pastor.” The young woman cornered me in the crowded church lobby. “I want to be baptized.”
   “That’s . . . um . . . wonderful!” I stammered. “Uh . . . , I should know you, but . . .”
  “Oh, I’m Candie. I’ve been coming to your church, and I’d like to become a member.”
   “Great!”
  Later that week I met with Candie. It was clear that she understood the meaning of her decision. So I offered my usual invitation: “Would you like to say anything to the congregation before I lower you into the water?”
   “Sure.”
  Sabbath morning I stood with Candie in the baptismal tank. She was prepared to tell her story.
I, on the other hand, was not prepared for her story.
   Her opening words hushed the noises in the sanctuary.
   “My dad disappeared before I can remember him. My mom was an alcoholic. My brother attempted suicide. My story is smeared with physical abuse, drug abuse . . .”
   I had never seen the members so attentive—certainly not
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