Over the course of the past decade, the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil (IECLB) has undertaken an internal dialogue with Charismatic members of the church on the topic of baptism. Difficulties arose when a small minority of the Charismatic leadership began rebaptizing persons who had already been baptized as infants; in other cases there was uncertainty about whether the previous baptism was valid or had included elements of other syncretistic religions.
The IECLB ultimately published a collection of all the documents related to this discussion, both public letters and private ones, church statements and responses to them. In partnership with the IECLB, the Institute in Strasbourg has sponsored a translation of this Portuguese book into English so that other members of the Lutheran family will be able to study, review, and where appropriate apply the results of the dialogue in their own church contexts.
Baptism: A Dialogue with the Charismatic Movement in the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil is available for download as a PDF.