Archives for July 2013
Orestes Roca Santana, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Matanzas, Cuba, was a guest in the Pullen pulpit. Read more about our congregation’s relationships with Matanzas here. You may alos read Orestes’ original manuscript, prepared in Spanish.
Text: Mark 4:26-29
Good morning my sisters and brothers. It is a great pleasure to be here with you this morning in this beloved church. I bring greetings from your sisters and brothers at the First Baptist Church of Matanzas, who are also at this moment worshiping God and praying for you.
I would like to share with you the reading of God’s word from the gospel according to Mark, chapter four verses 26 to 29:
Jesus also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A person scatters seed on the ground, Night and day, whether they sleep or get up, the seed sprouts and grows, though they do not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain–first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, they put the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
A few months ago, while we were visiting the camp of the Fraternity of Baptist Churches in Havana, Cuba, my wife Wanda asked the care taker of the camp about a tree that the youth had planted two years ago. Our brother was very sad because he had taken great care of that tree, but it had not grown. The soil wasn’t very good and the tree had not developed. He was a little desperate because he wanted to see rapid growth, but nothing changed, the tree is still small and weak.
Our guest speaker for Alliance of Baptists Sunday this year will be Cody Sanders, a graduate of McAfee School of Theology and a PhD candidate at Brite Divinity School. Cody is a creative voice in the Alliance who is challenging us to consider new ways of thinking about being church [Read more…]
How many of you would agree with me that the Bible is not an easy read? And it’s not just that the words are hard to pronounce, although that is an issue. It’s the words themselves and the meaning of them. Consider this passage from Isaiah:
Then the Lord said to me, Take a large tablet and write on it in common characters, “Belonging to Maher-shalal-hash-baz,” and have it attested for me by reliable witnesses, the priest Uriah and Zechariah son of Jeberechiah. And I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and bore a son. Then the Lord said to me, Name him Maher-shalal-hash-baz; for before the child knows how to call “My father” or “My mother,” the wealth of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be carried away by the king of Assyria.
First there are the names—Maher-shalal-hash-baz and Jeberechiah. Then there is the question of common characters; is there a special kind of characters that were not to be used? Then there is the jump from writing on a tablet to conceiving a child to being carried away by the king of Assyria. What does it all mean?
Friday, August 2nd, 6:00 PM – Finlator Hall
All youth, all parents, all youth leaders, all church folk!
Come one, come all and hear about In Our Own Backyard, Baptist Youth Camp, and Hazard, KY!
All youth, be ready to receive some very important rewards! For instance: Most Likely To Have His Chair Stolen Award, or Most Likely To Have His Pants Stick To A Piece Of Furniture Award, or Most Likely To Have Their Caramel Corn Eaten By A Rabid Animal Award.