Enjoying My Reputation

Dr. Alistair Brown, of Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, shared the Keynote at ABCNJ’s Annual Session. He and his wife are some truly wonderful people and I’d describe him as “old school Evangelical 1.” The man has faith, and to him the Message of Jesus of such vital importance he can’t not speak about it. He’s…

Spiritual Foreshadowing

Early in September my family was invited over to the home of one of Central’s families to celebrate their daughter’s birthday 1. At one point during the meal my wife brought up the recent spike of families in Palmyra schools who do not speak English as their primary language. This is a new phenomena for…

Looking up at the cresting wave

This week I posted an image of two books I had laid out for ABCNJ. One is our 2015 Regional Directory, the other is a devotional based on various testimonies from the region. Both represent my first attempts at using InDesign for large-scale page layout work, and I do have to say I’m impressed with…

Give me no titles

Last week I found myself in an email exchange with someone who was looking to hold a memorial service at Central for someone who’d been a member hear years ago but had moved away. I always sign my emails as “Wes,” so that is how she began to address me in our exchange. Apparently, she…

The Gospel in stained glass – Baptism

Jesus’ baptism is, perhaps, one of the most underplayed elements of the Gospel story. Christians seem to enjoy focusing on the amazing willpower of Jesus in resisting the Devil’s temptations in the wilderness, and so gloss over this watershed moment. We shouldn’t do that. Jesus’ baptism is generally regarded as the start of his public…

An invocation for Memorial Day

This year I was asked to give the benediction at the Memorial Day remembrance in my town. I’ve been asked before, but has always declined the invitation. I’m a strong proponent of the separate of church and state, and find blurring the lines between civil and revealed religion disagreeable. This year, however, I was motivated…