Over the years, a few people have asked me for a private baptism experience. I have always declined. A private ceremony undermines key purposes of baptism – a public witness of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and public identification with a community of believers.
The recent Time cover photo featuring President Trump glowering at a crying child infuriated me – even before I knew it had been faked. The actual story was gripping enough, without fictionalizing it.