Pastor’s Blog

Unity and The Lord’s Supper

Unity and The Lord’s Supper

The first Sunday in October is World Communion Sunday. So this Sunday at Central, we’ll celebrate the Lord’s Supper in worship as thousands of churches and millions of Christians all over the globe do the same. Over the years, I’ve developed a growing appreciation for...

The Poetry of Faith

The Poetry of Faith

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine encouraged me to share ten of my favorite books on Facebook. As I browsed through my bookshelf, I came across some favorite collections of poems, including one volume, Ballistics, by poet Billy Collins that I shared as one of my ten...

On Calling And God’s Creative Purpose For You

On Calling And God’s Creative Purpose For You

As the kids get settled back into school, many of us shift into planning and calendaring modes and begin to look at where the coming year might lead. As many of us look ahead, it’s a good season to think about calling. What is God’s purpose for me this year? How can I...

Old Newsletters and New School Years

Old Newsletters and New School Years

The more things change, the more they stay the same. I came across a stack of newsletters from 1992 in my office yesterday. They were hiding behind a commemorative plaque on a shelf behind my library door. The newsletters weren’t from Central Baptist. They were from...

Three Things That Keep The Church Vibrant

Three Things That Keep The Church Vibrant

Central celebrated its 121st birthday this week. Our church was founded in 1897, the same year as the Boston Marathon. When Central first began meeting for services, you could buy a ladies’ blazer at Bloomingdale’s for less than $3. In 1897, William McKinley was...

Kids Have The Best Responses To Worship

Kids Have The Best Responses To Worship

Our parents at Central are great about engaging their children in worship. A lot of times on the way home from church they’ll ask their children what they learned that day, and sometimes they’ll share their children’s responses with me. Back in January we spent three...

Watching The World Cup, Thinking About Church

The World Cup is in full swing, and even though the USA didn’t make it this year, I’m still watching. As teams and fan bases from all over the world pour their hearts out on the world stage, “the church” could stand to learn a few things from them. Passion Matters The...