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Can You Baptize Someone Over the Internet?

Is it possible for a pastor to baptize someone who is physically several hundred miles away?

Evidently one pastor thinks so. Rusty Hutson, the pastor of Cornerstone Methodist Church in Auburn, Alabama was in Granger, Indiana for the Innovate Conference last week. He believed it was important to baptize Cindy Wall via the internet so she wouldn't have to wait until they returned to town.

Five days later, Cindy died suddenly of an aortic aneurysm. I am guessing that Rusty and his team are grateful they listened to God, stepped out in an innovative move of faith (after all, they are United Methodist!), and conducted this baptism. I love their creativity and sensitivity to do the right thing.

Watch the baptism service here...

What do you think? Too risky?