Many churches designate autumn as the best season to do staff evaluations. How is this important task even possible during a pandemic? I believe unprecedented times demand a different process. As a vocational minister for three churches over a period of 27 years, I’ve...
Leaning into the Tension: What Happens When a Local Church Talks Openly about Things “We Aren’t Supposed to Talk About”? Sterling Severns, Pastor, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Richmond
God has blessed us with a metaphorical bookshelf, full of diversity, wisdom, and grace. Each book reveals something about us and something about God. Think of each sensitive issue, the ones we tend to ignore, as books that God deliberately placed on the shelf, right...
Christian Citizenship in 2020 by Amanda Tyler, Executive Director of BJC (Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)
Jesus’s teaching to render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s is particularly relevant in this election season like no other. How do we maintain our dual citizenship in God’s kingdom and the United States of America without...
Hypothetically speaking, have you experienced loss lately?! Well, of course we all have! Melissa Fallen, pastor of Glen Allen Baptist Church, relates her own experience of loss to the current days the Church is facing. She helps us name some of the losses we've...
We are caught in a liminal space. Do you know this word? Liminality? It means “a threshold of consciousness.” Theologically speaking, liminal space refers to the moment we become conscious of a transition. Like standing in a doorway, we’re between one space and...
A Mission Small Enough to Fit on a License Plate, Big Enough to Change the World by Jim Somerville, Senior Pastor, Richmond’s First Baptist Church
In this Ted-ish Talk Jim Somerville explains the mission of First Baptist Church: “Bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to Richmond, Virginia,” or, as he often abbreviates it, “the KOH2RVA” (which is, actually, his license plate). When he came to First Baptist in 2008 Jim...
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