Communion before baptism may sound appealing because it seems to rescue us from having to deal with deeper challenges that have been creeping up on the church for a long time. Challenges such as our retreat from the public sphere that leaves us no method for communicating the gospel except waiting for people to show up on Sunday. Or our deteriorating sense of membership that expects next to nothing of the baptized anyway. Or our centuries-old practice of normalizing emergency baptism (baptism as security against ending up in hell) which obscures the purpose of baptism as free response to the gospel, and makes adult baptism an embarrassing anomaly.
|—||Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission in “The Huron Statement: Font to Table”|