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Pastor’s Paragraphs | November 25, 2020

Pastor’s Paragraphs | November 25, 2020

As we celebrate what we're thankful for tomorrow, I have many things to be thankful for this year. As I thought about which one I wanted to write about this week, my mind kept coming back to the one that brings many of us together: our identity as Baptist Christians...

Pastor’s Paragraphs | November 20, 2020

Pastor’s Paragraphs | November 20, 2020

"What are you thankful for this year?" It's the question my mother would ask each of us to answer before we could dig in to the Thanksgiving meal we had smelled cooking all day. Most years I hated that question. Many Thanksgivings I found it hard to come up with an...

Pastor’s Paragraphs | October 30, 2020

Pastor’s Paragraphs | October 30, 2020

This Sunday is a busy one in the life of our congregation. Sunday morning we'll gather during our 10 AM worship time to recognize All Souls and All Saints Day. All Saints Day, held on November 1 every year, is a day where we remember those who have carried the faith...

Pastor’s Paragraphs | October 9, 2020

Pastor’s Paragraphs | October 9, 2020

"Let mutual love continue..." In Hebrews 13, the writer pens these words to a Christian community of faith faced with a tumultuous religious landscape of division. The community the letter is written to were likely former Jews, who had converted to Christianity, and...

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...