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Pastor’s Paragraphs | September 18, 2020

Pastor’s Paragraphs | September 18, 2020

How many different things can a room built to be an eating hall be used for? I found myself wondering this this week as I took down chairs from one gathering and set them back up in a different configuration for another. While our Fellowship Hall is no stranger to its...

A Tale of Three Sanctuaries

A Tale of Three Sanctuaries

In the summer of 1891, a violent windstorm came through the growing town of Benson, destroying the small sanctuary of Benson Baptist Church, erected 1887-1888. News of the building’s disaster came to the attention of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, which donated to...

Pastor’s Paragraphs | September 4, 2020

Pastor’s Paragraphs | September 4, 2020

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” – Exodus 3:5 (NIV) I was far from any burning bush when I realized the ground on which I was standing was holy. No, I didn’t remove my shoes or turn away...

Pastor’s Paragraphs | August 28, 2020

Pastor’s Paragraphs | August 28, 2020

“As you move through this new stage of your life, I encourage you to buy a journal and write things down.” These were some of the first words I heard when I entered my graduate school education eleven years ago. It was in a Q&A session with current students and...

Pastor’s Paragraphs | August 21, 2020

Pastor’s Paragraphs | August 21, 2020

Below you'll find the letter that I sent to the parents of our youth and children at BBC yesterday. I know that the resignation of our Minister of Youth and Children has raised a lot of questions about what's next. I hope that my words below will help shed some light...

Pastor’s Paragraphs | August 14, 2020

Pastor’s Paragraphs | August 14, 2020

In their book Hopeful Imagination: Traditional Churches Finding God's Way in a Changing World, Mike Queen and Jayne Davis say that "if you don't believe in the good that is ahead, if you believe that your best days are behind you, then you may as well close the doors...

Pastor’s Paragraphs | August 7, 2020

Pastor’s Paragraphs | August 7, 2020

What is the future of our church? I know this question is not just on my mind as we continue forward in this COVID-19 pandemic reality in which we all live. The longer we journey, the more I find that answer is more complex than any one meeting, email thread, or Zoom...

Pastor’s Paragraphs | July 31, 2020

Pastor’s Paragraphs | July 31, 2020

Immeasurably more. We don’t feel that much these days, do we? 2020 has been a year for the record books — and not for good reasons. Immeasurably more has felt far away in these days of grief and mourning. Yet, somehow, in the midst of the dark pilgrimage we’ve all...

Pastor’s Paragraphs | July 24, 2020

Pastor’s Paragraphs | July 24, 2020

This past week saw the death of two giants of the Civil Rights Movement: Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian and Congressman John Lewis. These two men, while ordinary like you and I, did extraordinary things in their time here on earth – much of their drive rooted in their Christian...

Pastor’s Paragraphs | July 17, 2020

Pastor’s Paragraphs | July 17, 2020

Thank you for your support, prayers, meals, and encouragement over the last week! When I took my brother to the Emergency Room last week we could never have imagined what would be next on that journey for him. We thought he would be home later that night, not on an...