Sick day

I am well into my 14 year as the Pastor of Central Baptist Church, today will be only the second time I’ve missed worship because of illness. Some people might think, “Yay, day off!” But that’s not me. I look forward to worship, and feel unbalanced when I’m unable to participate. To me, worship is…

Keeping promises

Today I’m preaching on the “Song of the Sea1.” It’s an important song of victory, as it’s theology helps create the ethos of Ancient Israel. It reiterates the delusions humans make of their own power using Pharaoh’s voice. It highlights the LORD’s immense power over all things – even to the point of causing the…

Les Misérables

Yesterday my daughter auditioned for a local Summer production of Les Misérables. She’s going for Madame Thénardier, partly because she’ll get to swear on stage 1. In preparation for her audition we rented the recent movie version of the musical. It’s visually stunning, and Anne Hathaway absolutely nails Fantine, but overall I didn’t care for…

A Momentous Evening

I have to admit I have not been completely pumped up for this Holy Week. Don’t misunderstand. I adore this time of walking with Jesus, but the sum of life beyond Holy Week has been sapping my energy. I was really looking forward to Easter simply because my vacation begins after the benediction. It’s not…

Covenant

I’ve posted images of the stained glass in front of Central’s sanctuary before, but I wanted to get a different angle for today’s meditation on “covenant.” For Christians, our covenant with God is established through Christ – his life, death, and resurrection. These three panes reveal much of that story, and they stand as reminders…

What a weekend!

This past weekend was exhausting, but for all the right reasons. Saturday night IBC, the Brazilian congregation which is part of the Central Baptist family, had their inaugural kickoff. It was an amazing event, which blew the roof off of the sanctuary. In attendance were the folks from IBC, representatives from ABCNJ, many Brazilian Baptists…