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.

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-rsd5f-1215435

Series: Storyteller #2

1 May 2022

Luke 10:25-37

Pastor Jenn was sick this weekend. So Barb preached two Messages from her Basket, and Pastor Jenn recorded her sermon from home. This communion Sunday recording is therefore longer than usual, but such good stuff–we hope you’ll listen to all of it!

Today we looked, with Jesus, at the questions, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” and “Who’s my neighbor?” (Turns out they’re related.) We discover that parables work because we’re usually all the characters, one way or another. And also, Jesus Himself is hiding somewhere in them, too.

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Scripture Reading: Tom Jernigan

Message in a Basket x 2: Rev. Barbara Jernigan

Main Message: Pastor Jenn (Rev Jennifer A G Layte)

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-586f5-1214e87

Series: Storyteller #1

24 April 2022

Luke 1:1-4; Mark 4:33-34

Why do we tell stories? Why are there so many stories in the Bible? Why would Luke, trying to write an orderly account of the life of Jesus, bother to include so many of Jesus’ stories which were, in fact, fiction?

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Scripture Reading: Mark Bertrand

Message in a Basket: Paul Layte

Main Message: Pastor Jenn (Rev Jennifer A G Layte)

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-rrzjp-1201515

Series: Thoughts & Prayers #7

17 April 2022 – Easter Sunday

John 20:1-10, 19-23

Five people publicly commit their lives to Jesus through baptism by immersion. Then we all learned about how prayer can form us from there: After Pausing, Rejoicing, Asking, and Yielding to the love of God, all of life can become a prayer–just as Jesus’ did. (Unlike most Sundays, this week’s audio includes the entire service.)

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Scripture Reading: Kathleen Youngs

Message in a Basket: Sandi Gunderman

Main Message: Pastor Jenn (Rev Jennifer A G Layte)

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-bkxur-11e5d67

Series: Thoughts & Prayers #4

27 March 2022

Mark 10:46-52

“Sometimes I wonder if the reason some of my prayers go unanswered is because I’m asking for the quick fix that will get me off Jesus’ back, rather than the long-term solution that will bring me closer to Him.” –Pastor Jenn

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Technologically, this has been the weirdest recording we have ever produced. The audio was inaudible at the beginning of the service. Pastor Jenn’s mic battery died 2/3 of the way through her sermon. Therefore, all that is included here is the Message in a Basket, and the sermon up through the point where the mic died, with a re-preached audio clip attached at the end, with the end of the sermon. Thank you for your grace and patience. Good news! We’re getting new equipment soon. And also batteries.

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Message in a Basket: Rev Barbara Jernigan

Main Message: Pastor Jenn (Rev Jennifer A G Layte)

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-fsv88-11d1cf0

Acts 1:6-8, 12-14

Following the acrostic PRAY from Pete Grieg’s book (Prayer: a Simple Guide for Normal People), this week we talked about “Pausing” before God. What if the Pause is actually when we confess: who God is, who we are without God, and who we are willing to be with God?

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Scripture Reading and Message in a Basket: Rev Barbara Jernigan

Main Message: Pastor Jenn (Rev Jennifer A G Layte)