Horse Troughs, Hot Tubs and Hashtags: Baptism Is Getting Wild

Ruth Graham of The New York Times reports that some evangelical church leaders across the country have begun to use unconventional methods to baptize their parishioners. She writes, “Contemporary evangelical baptisms are often raucous affairs. Instead of subdued hymns and murmurs, think roaring modern worship music, fist pumps, tears and boisterous cheering. There are photographers, selfie stations and hashtags for social media.” The containers for the baptisms themselves have also changed, now ranging from horse troughs to waterparks. Russell Moore, the public theologian of Christianity Today, said, “I would have probably thought a decade ago that not having a traditional baptistery would feel disconnected from my tradition. But I’ve found it to be the opposite.”

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