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Archives for September 2014

Pastor’s Paragraphs – September 19, 2014

We are so very happy for Mark and Meredith in their upcoming wedding on Saturday. Certainly it is their desire and mine that you will join in the celebration of their marriage with your attendance if at all possible. It is not often a church has the unique privilege of sharing in this very special occasion in the life of a minister. Most of the time when ministers come to a church who are not married, it is as an intern or early in full-time ministry. Not only is it a blessing for Mark and … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Paragraphs – September 12, 2014

On Sunday we will affirm nine men to serve the next term on our Deacon Council. I am grateful for these men who are committed to the Lord and our church. Deacons are to be considered in the light of the passage in I Timothy where Paul outlines their qualifications. Let me take this opportunity to explain in a little more detail the work of Deacons in the church. The role of Deacons in Baptist churches varies greatly. Some see the role primarily as management. Others see it as service. We try … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Paragraphs – September 5, 2014

This week I want you to give thought to the two following paragraphs which at first might seem disconnected. However, they both speak to issues faced by the church at large, as well as churches like ours. Sometime ago I came across the following information from the book, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert Putnam. “Bowling Alone isn’t a Christian book, but it’s an analysis of the health of our sense of community in American culture. The author of Bowling … [Read more...]

Discovering Yourself

One of my favorite stories is about the child of a famous theologian who discovered himself. The learned professor tells about placing his preschool son in front of a large mirror. At first the boy did not recognize himself because he was too young. He didn’t know what a mirror was, but he did seem to enjoy seeing the figure in front of him on the glass wall. Then, all of a sudden one day the expression changed as he began to see the similarity between his motions and those of the boy in front … [Read more...]