The news of the world gets more and more dire, but the Christian message has been called “Good News” ever since Jesus burst out of the tomb that Resurrection Sunday. Sometimes, though, in the media and even at church, even that news sounds anything but good. Maybe, at best, more like, “I guess God doesn’t hate me as much as I should probably expect.”
Guess what? God really does love you. Here at Central Baptist we are united in our vision to contemplate the glory of who God really is–which, by the way, is Love–to motivate our mission to love the world and each other in His name, through compassion and Spirit-fueled good works of blessing to those around us. It’s a process. We’re not perfect yet. But we’re committed to traveling this path together, with Jesus as both our Guide and the Way itself.
Our church podcast, with sermons and occasional other notable services, is linked to this media corner of our website. Sit back and take a listen, for even more good news.
“How do Christians tarnish their own image?” –Lilly
Every couple of weeks or so (seems like during especially spiritually significant services–like this one which incorporated a baptism), we have nearly insurmountable technical difficulties. In this case, the livestream feed got jammed and the full sermon didn’t make it, but you’ll get most of it and definitely the “punchline.” Thanks for listening!
“Summer Shorts” series
Is the story of Jonah a love story?
Revelation 1:5b-8; 22:12-17
“When Apocalypse (any apocalypse) happens, the enemy wants us to see the truth of the dire situation we’re in and focus on that, getting so overwhelmed and discouraged that either we buckle under and do nothing, or rise up to try to fix the horror we’ve seen—through our own isolating, conflict-ridden, sinful, broken human ways—which only make it worse and worse.
“When Apocalypse (any apocalypse) happens, God wants us to see Himself.”
What’s the deal with the pruning?
What ever happened to the Breath of Life?
Note: Pastor Jenn began speaking before the camera was ready. Notably, the first, very key, words of this talk were: “I can’t breathe.”
“If anybody could change our reality right now, it’s Him, right?”
Note 1: The message herein was written and recorded during a seeming lull between two notable and horrific racial murders in the USA. Grief and death are presented here more generally and vaguely than they might have been had this sermon been prepared immediately after the murder of George Floyd. Grief now (again) has an even more bitter taste. And our hope remains in the Resurrection and the Life.
Note 2: As our church attempts to reenter our building, still working with cobbled-together technology, this recording is not particularly clear. The service was transmitted to Facebook Live via a personal cell phone picking up the external mic’s transmission of speakers speaking through masks. Furthermore, the simultaneous attempt to record an audio file was unsuccessful, necessitating a further recording of the Facebook video via a voice recording app on computer. We thank you for your ongoing patience as we continue to navigate these tech challenges, as well as for your continued listening.
John 10:1-16, 24-30
A gate and a shepherd?
John 10:1-6, 11-32
How do you know the Good Shepherd’s voice?
“The Passover was near.” –Apostle John