This week's chapter in Gill dealt with the issue of the mode of baptism. I grew up in circles where the mode of baptism was not a very important issue. Sprinkling or pouring was deemed acceptable in certain situations. This discussion on mode really points to something larger, in my view, and that is the relation of abstract theology as opposed to practical theology. In other words, how does our understanding of doctrine manifest in our practice and how important is that manifestation? Does the mode of baptism really matter, or is it something we can compromise on? If immersion is the only acceptable theological mode of baptism, then does that mean that it is also the only acceptable mode in practice? Are there ever appropriate situations where sprinkling or pouring may be acceptable?