FBC Macon

Nurture. Love. Serve. ALL.

We’re proud of our Baptist history and heritage, but we’re also proud of our diversity. At First Baptist you will find a group of people coming from a variety of different church backgrounds and denominations who have found a home at the “top of Poplar.” And while our congregation comes from all over middle Georgia, we are a downtown church and see it is our mission to be the presence of Christ to our InTown and College Hill communities here in Macon.

A Theology of Veterans Day

One of the best emails I receive each week comes from SALT Project, a nonprofit organization founded by some of my former divinity school professors and colleagues that creates artistic resources to help congregations “tell their story.” They also provide a fantastic weekly lectionary commentary and other occasional pieces. We used their Lenten devotional highlighting the poetry of Mary Oliver this past year.

Their notes this week on the “theology” of Veterans Day were so good I want to share them with you in their entirety.

To see more from SALT or sign up for their weekly emails, go to www.saltproject.org.

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What it Means to Remember

The first Sunday in November is always a special Sunday here at First Baptist. We celebrate it first as “All Saints’ Sunday,” a holy day in the larger church that remembers and celebrates all those saints of the church who’ve come before and whose lives still touch us. Here at First Baptist, we focus our attention especially on all those from our congregation who have “gone home” over the course of the past year.

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Hopes and Fears

“My hope—and my fear—is that I’ll feel responsible.”

This was the response of one of our members two Friday evenings ago when a group of us met with some friends from First Baptist Church on New St. to prepare for our pilgrimage to Montgomery, Alabama.

We would leave the next morning to embark on this journey to experience some of the Civil Rights cites there, highlighted by a trip to the newly opened National Memorial for Peace and Justice. This stirring memorial, which opened earlier this year, was built to honor the over 4,000 known victims of lynching in America and the untold number of other victims of racial violence in this country. 

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Home

In his book, The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead tells the gut-wrenching story of Cora, a runaway slave, making her way to freedom. At one point in the novel she happens upon a commune that is operated by a group of African Americans, some free and some runaway. The motto of the farm is “Stay, and contribute,” an invitation she received as an almost miraculous inversion of the planation law from which she had run.

Stay: find rest, fill your belly, settle your spirit. 

But when you are ready, contribute: find your place, lend a hand, be a part of that which  sustains you. Be an agent in your own recovery.

This invitation is as close as the novel gets to defining one of its key themes, that elusive place that is always so much more than a place: home.

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Signs of the Kin-Dom

A few weeks back we introduced a different term for the encroaching world of God’s dreaming that Jesus preaches of in the Gospel of Mark: the “Kin-dom of God,” instead of the “Kingdom of God.” 

Most of us have heard sermons and Sunday school lessons on the Kingdom of God for most of our lives and so it’s easy for it to become background noise. Jesus speaks of this new world of God’s dreaming as something bold and controversial meant to excite our imaginations, and so it may be that new language is necessary to for this to remain true for us.

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Recap from worship on September 30

“Sit next to them.”

“Ask them what they need.”

“Hugs?”

These were the answers some of our children gave in the children’s sermon two Sundays ago when I asked them what are some good things to do when a friend is going through something hard. I honestly thought we could have ended the service right then and there, saying, in the words of Jesus, "Go and do likewise."

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The Hardest Place to Go

In our worship this past Sunday and Global Women’s meeting that followed, we lifted up survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and asked how we as church can be a place of support and healing. But we did this mindful that church is often not these things.

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Welcome

Our extended look at “practices of community” concluded Sunday with a practice that is woven throughout all the others: hospitality.

In the broader sense, hospitality might be defined as the “friendly and generous reception of and entertainment of friends, guests, or strangers.” Commercially, there’s an entire hospitality “industry” of hotels, restaurants and other establishments whose business is to receive and entertain. In our homes we each have our own practices and rituals of hospitality: changing the linens, pulling out the fine china, or, as in our house, the relocation of clutter to the back bedroom. 

But in the church, hospitality refers to something more expansive.

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WEEKLY SERVICES

Sunday
Sunday School at 9:45am
Morning Worship at 11:00am

Wednesday Evening
We begin with a meal at 5:30pm. Music and missions activities are available for adults, youth, and kids. Learn More

 

CONTACT US

511 High Place
Macon, GA 31201
Directions to FBCX

Telephone: 1.478.742.6485

Email: office@fbcxmacon.org


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