This image is the cover for the book Living Under Water, The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies (CICW)

Living Under Water, The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies (CICW)

Our truest identity isn’t something we create or build ourselves.

It’s a gift we receive.

We live under water.

What does baptism mean? And what do we do with it? Kevin Adams—an experienced pastor and church planter who has baptized people of all ages and spiritual origins—makes the case that baptism isn’t merely a one-time ceremony but something to be lived and affirmed throughout one’s life. In Living under Water, Adams shares stories that illustrate how baptism shapes one’s identity and enters us into an alternate narrative, one ongoing since the dawn of creation, through which we understand our truest selves with all our joy and trauma and by which we are united with a group of people unbound by race or language, continent or generation. 

Foregrounding baptism in the lives of Christians means foregrounding baptism in the life of the church. Anchored in both theology and real-world experience, Adams shows how that can happen while engaging honestly with the history (and ongoing reality) of baptism’s corruptions and abuses. This book is for pastors and parishioners of any Christian tradition who long for baptism to be bigger than a set of doctrinal bullet points—nothing less than the gospel story enacted with water.

Kevin J. Adams, Cornelius Plantinga

Kevin J. Adams is the founding and senior pastor of Granite Springs Church in greater Sacramento, California, and a program affiliate at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Formerly the director of formation at the Newbigin House of Studies, San Francisco, he has taught at Calvin Theological Seminary, Western Theological Seminary, and William Jessup University. His other books include 150: Finding Your Story in the Psalms and The Gospel in a Handshake: Framing Worship for Mission.

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.