Does God love everyone equally? This persistent question has fueled much theological debate and division, but its truth is fairly simple. This week in worship, we affirm the universal love of God for all humanity. It is a love that transcends nation, tribe, family and personal ideologies. While we are comfortable calling this an "unconditional" love in principle, we seem to get confused when actually applying the "unconditional" part in practice. Join us in worship as we wrestle with why the unconditional love of God is so difficult to grasp.
The following is a list of books recommended by folks from Central Baptist Church as formative and meaningful in their Christian journey. Please speak with the appropriate person if you would like more information about any of the following books.
Through the Alliance of Baptists, we are connected with groups who are helping those affected by recent disasters. If you would like to make a special gift through the Alliance of Baptists to go directly to ministry partners engaged in disaster relief efforts, particularly the Fraternity of Baptist Churches of Cuba or the Mayan Intercultural Seminary in Chiapas, Mexico, you can send a gift online and designate where you would like it to go. Give Now
This Sunday we will contemplate how we tell the story of faith through the care and nurture of our children. We will also hear stories from our children's Atrium Sunday School classes. In the Atrium, we nurture children’s own spiritual abilities as they reflect upon the mysteries of the Christian faith through scripture, prayer, art, silence, and practical life work. Children also celebrate seasonal liturgical events as a means of learning the story of Jesus. As we consider our responsibility to nurture children in the faith, we may also find encouragement for our own spiritual journeys.
This Sunday we look forward to celebrating and participating in the ordination of Justin Levens to the Deacon Body this Sunday. Baptists understand the blessing of ordination as the receiving of prayers from the whole people of God and all are welcome to participate. We will also spend some time thinking about our common calling as Christians to care for one another and to care for our world. Like ordination, we understand this responsibility to be managed not by an elite group who stand in authority over others, but in the context of developing and nurturing loving and caring relationships. Join us as we reflect more deeply about our common calling as modern-day believers who endeavor to live out our faith in community with one another.
Early next week the Lexington Cemetery Board will consider the recommendation from the Lexington City Council to relocate the controversial statues at Cheapside to the Cemetery. Here's the letter I sent to the board in support of this action. Please pray for wisdom, compassion and fairness to undergird all decisions that guide the peace and well-being of our city.
We are partnering with Calvary Baptist Church to create a fun atmosphere for the homeless population in our city. We are in need of your help. You can either bring candy or supplies from the list below. Or sign up to be a trunk/booth to hand out supplies and food to people coming through. Items Needed: Winter hats and gloves Travel size shampoo Granola Bars Fresh Apples/Oranges $1 Bus Passes Gum Chapstick Band Aids Travel size hand lotion Canned goods
As a predominately white descendent of 19th Century Irish and English immigrants to the United States, I am confused by the term “white heritage.” My mother tells me of an Native American grandmother somewhere down branch on the family tree. It wouldn't surprise me to find a smattering of other ethnicities in the bloodline, those with stories too shameful to get past the filter of our acceptable family narratives.