Pastor’s Blog

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...

A Prayer For The Fourth of July

As we pause next week to celebrate our country, I am grateful for the unique promise of liberty granted to Americans and for those who have dedicated their lives to upholding it over the centuries. But I’m also struck this year by the work required of each generation...

5 MORE Things You Can “BE” This Summer

We’re working through the Sermon on the Mount together at Central this summer. Last week I shared five things you can "be" this summer based on the last five weeks of worship. We have five more weeks to go, so here’s a preview of what’s coming up over the next several...

5 Things You Can BE This Summer

We're working through the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) together at Central this summer. Jesus' sermon is the most important body of ethical teaching in history of the world. It re-defines how we are to relate to one another and clarifies how we are to...

A Beginner’s Guide to Being Awesome

Many of you have asked for a written version of Sunday’s sermon. Here it is. What I didn’t tell you beforehand—although many of you have figured this out—is that Sunday’s message was a loose paraphrase of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, slightly stylized to sound a bit...