Encouragement

Encouragement

Why Policy Matters – It’s about People

I’m writing this post on a Wednesday morning – the Wednesday after the tragic shooting in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Like all of us, I suspect, I’m overwhelmed with emotion in hearing this story. I’m hurt and angry and despairing and fully aware that my feelings are a single teardrop in…

Maundy Thursday

Many of you have responded to me about the Maundy Thursday… service? Event? Thing? However we might describe it, I knew how I wanted it to feel and I think the evening accomplished that. I’m grateful to all the people who helped to make it so. It felt… well, we’ll get back to that in a second. Maundy Thursday is about the Last Supper and when you read about…

Deleted Sermon Scenes: Ukrainian Tutor

Sometimes as a preacher, you have to edit out the bits of sermons that just don’t quite fit. Sermons are a bit like movies or stories or poems in that you only have so much time to accomplish something. It forces you to be kind of ruthless with what ends up in the final draft and sometimes that means leaving something you really want to say on the cutting room floor. So,…

Christ-shaped Space (Lent Week 5)

If someone says the word “home,” what do you picture? Is it your current living space? Is it some idealized version of home that’s been absorbed from old TV shows like “Full House” or “I Love Lucy?” For me, the idea of home is tied to my grandmother’s house. I remember how the hunter green carpet felt on my bare feet, the sound of her little poodle’s collar as she pranced…

Worship Series – ChurcH

This is fallback content to display for user agents that do not support the video tag. Beginning on April 19, our worship services will be focused and themed around who we are as the Church. The worship planners had this series plotted out since February, and then the pandemic hit. Like everything else, COVID-19 has changed how we operate and minister as a church.…

COVID-19 Protocols thru March 31

Greetings from First Baptist Church! I know you’re probably getting overloaded with emails from everyone everywhere about what’s closed or different because of COVID-19 and the social distancing that is rightly being encouraged out there. Your church family wants you to be connected, especially in times like these. For that reason, this email will be the first in what…

Jubliee

It’s been a while since I posted up here. That’s my bad. Summer was hectic and things have been going and going. Graduation, our family moved, Vacation Bible School, Youth camp, funerals, trying to sneak in vacations or retreats, staff shifts, volunteer recruitment, and then of course the pumpkins. The pumpkins… … sorry, what were we talking about?…
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