Scripture: JOHN 1:29-42
I have a confession to make: I was never confirmed. I know, I know! What’s a church to make of a pastor who was never confirmed? Do I even count as a pastor? Maybe everything I say and do is a sham! I’m clearly here under false pretenses!
My missing confirmation was actually a matter of circumstance. In my sophomore year of high school, when I would have had confirmation, my family and I went to England for a full academic year. And when I returned from England, I went away to boarding school, and wasn’t part of a church or youth group. So I missed it. My only comfort, and it can be yours, as well, comes in the resolution of an ancient church controversy. The so-called Donatists argued, in the fourth century, that priests needed to be totally pure in order for the sacraments to be valid. The great St. Augustine argued, on the other