Thursday
Aug012013

What Kind of Church - Scott Dickison

As many of you are aware, over the past few weeks I’ve been spending a lot of time with family, both my immediate family and also relatives who are spread out literally across the country (from Colorado to Florida), some of whom I have not seen in over 15 years (!). It’s been a very difficult and tender time together as we’ve cared for my father, whose health has been declining rapidly. But it’s also been an incredibly rich time full of memories we’ll cherish for a lifetime.

And invariably these relatives, particularly the ones whom I have not seen in some time, want to hear more about “my” church (or more the case, what kind of church would hire Angie and Doug’s kid as pastor). And no matter how often I’m asked this question, whether by family or friends, I always relish the opportunity to tell folks what kind of church we are.

 

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Tuesday
Jul232013

A Month of Fresh Starts! -- Julie Long

While the dog days of summer just now seem to be beginning, the Sabbath of summer church activities is starting to wind down already!  June and July have been slower, as we have traded the busyness of Wednesday night activities for a more reflective Wednesday lunch and program, as our adult Sunday School classes have met jointly, and as many individuals and families in the church have been in and out due to travels and time with family.  With our school kids beginning a new year in the next two weeks, we are in for some new beginnings at First Baptist as well.

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Thursday
Jul182013

TAG! You're It.

Over the past two weeks our church has sent groups of youth and children to PASSPORT summer camps. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to see some of the pictures on our Facebook page. Passport, Inc. is a non-profit company founded by CBF Baptists whose stated goal is “to work for integrated, ecumenical, inspirational weeks of summer camp that model important lessons like service in the name of Christ.”

Our church has participated in PASSPORT camps for any years, and the early reports are in that this year’s camp has been a great success.

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Monday
Jul152013

With Great Boldness

This was my third Assembly, and it was far and away the most hopeful, engaging and inspiring I have attended, and I’ve heard the same from folks who have attended many more than me. First of all, it was one of the most highly attended gatherings in years, with attendance estimated around 3,000. (For some perspective, last year’s meeting in Fort Worth drew around 1,500.) On top of there being more people than in years past, I can also tell you anecdotally that this was a much younger crowd, which is especially encouraging.

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Tuesday
Jun112013

Speaking of God -- Scott Dickison

In this column last month for Mothers' Day, Julie offered a prayer that both celebrated mothers and also gave voice to the complications that for many are simply a part of that holiday. Motherhood can take on many different meanings, and at church we try to make space for as many of these nuances as possible, knowing that God can hold these things much better than we ever could.

The same can be said of fatherhood. For many, fatherhood stirs memories of Saturday morning pancakes, fishing trips and firm handshakes. For others, it highlights a lack of these things, or a deep longing for them. In the church we count each of these experiences as valid, and affirm that they can each open possibilities for us to reflect and grow in our faith.

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