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…

Shown Up

This is an edited manuscript of my sermon on Luke 14:1–6 for February 8, 2015. Today in Luke we join the story as the Pharisees were getting ready to examine Jesus. They wanted to see what this guy was all about. Jesus, after all, had a growing reputation and they probably wanted to see if…

A time to build

For the last several years the church I pastor, Central Baptist Church of Riverton-Palmyra 1, has been in a bit of a holding pattern. We became increasingly aware that our organizational structure was not only non-functional, it was actually serving to take energy from the congregation. Central was a organizational vampire which folks both loved…

Going Neutral – Part II

Note: The Featured image today is the pulpit from Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, VA. The “ceiling” of pulpit is what’s known as a sounding board. It’s several layers of different density wood, with the grains in alternating directions. When sound waves bounce off the board, the wood vibrates and actually helps to amplify speech….

Going Neutral – Part I

I pastor a church in the Baptist tradition. A key element of the Baptist tradition is it’s independence in the calling of the it’s pastors. The congregation, and the congregation alone has the power to call its pastor. This has both obvious benefits and downsides. If a congregation is reasonably healthy and self-aware of it’s…