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.
Based on the way this story reads, I believe that faithful, generous love in the heart of Boaz would have been generous with any foreigner because the heart of His God welcomes the foreigner. But his faithful, generous love is drawn to this particular foreigner, because he senses the same faithful, generous love in her.
God’s will, or desire, for each person of any gender, is to become more fully the person He created—not according to our culture, but according to His nature—which is hesed.
What it takes to get on the road…
What does God do with evil in the heart of one of His own?
If it’s not the video, it’s the audio…
One day it will all work smoothly! Maybe around the time systemic injustice has been totally eradicated and God’s Kingdom has come and God’s will is being done on earth as it is in heaven. In the meantime, we still have Jonah the Flying Prophet…
“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?