This Sunday, we continue our journey with Abraham by considering Genesis 22 and the binding of Isaac. This difficult passage leads us to ask some hard questions. It pulls us into Abraham's struggle. What does the way of God look like in this time and place? What does it mean to be faithful? As we journey this difficult way with Abraham, we'll see how God helps us look past our limited theologies and cultural confines to a place of liberty and welcome—a place where we can release the bonds we use to marginalize and oppress others, and ourselves.
Join us on Wednesdays at noon starting May 31 for a study of the book of Romans. The church will provide tea and lemonade and you are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. We will eat, read and discuss together this important letter from the apostle Paul. Leaders will rotate among Mark Johnson, Charles Conkin and Aaron Austin. All are welcome, no exceptions.
Central will be attending the Legends game (7 p.m.) on Friday, July 7. The cost is $7 per ticket. The theme for the night is Star Wars; come and enjoy the best display of fireworks in the Bluegrass immediately following the conclusion of the Legends game! Five hundred 3-D glasses will be given away at each fireworks show! To purchase tickets, please contact the church office.
We continue our series, The Journey Must Continue, this Sunday as we reflect on 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11. It does not take long on the journey of faith to find that this is not a road of ease and comfort. The way of Jesus is not a path to privilege, but a call to serve each other and walk alongside each other in our joys and sorrows alike. The church is called to be a place of sanctuary, not in isolation from our community, but deeply engaged with those around us. The call of Jesus to bring justice and liberation extends to the church and may lead to shadowy paths, but the community of sisters and brothers of faith standing in solidarity can bring hope and light. Join us as we consider how we can support and encourage each other on our journey.
This Sunday we celebrate communion and the baptism of Emma Austin. As we continue our series, The Journey Must Continue, we will reflect on 1 Peter 3:13-22. As we celebrate the grace and resurrection of Easter, we remember we are called to live out that grace through faith in the way of Jesus and commitment to his ethic. The hope of resurrection calls us to walk with compassion no matter our circumstances trusting that Gods love will overcome all injustice and hatred.
This week we continue our attention with 1 Peter as we consider the nurture of God over the course of the Christian story and within our own individual lives. As a people formed by Christ and the power of his resurrection, the journey must continue. The hope is to deepen our appreciation for ways we might be courageous and progressive as we struggle and grow through spiritual infancy to spiritual maturity. Join us as we examine another challenging text in light of contemporary theological issues.
Each year I am reminder and encouraged by my time meeting at the Alliance of Baptists Annual Gathering. It is always a nice and peaceful week to be among other Baptists who think and act as we do at Central. This year the theme was Embracing God’s Call to Justice and Love. And much of what we heard was in our grand tradition of provocation and dissent. In order to live out our calling to be love and work toward justice, it is imperative for us to understand our heritage as Baptists and our history of dissent.
This year, we will focus our Lenten journey on the process of “unlearning.” Unlearning starts with the recognition that we have, over time, developed very specific biases in the course of our lives. These perspectives have served us well, but they are not universal. Everyone has their own set of discriminations. The Christian practice of Lent is a purposed and discipline plan of letting go, of changing our patterns, of seeking to approach our life from a fresh angle. It may require a different pattern of behavior or response. It may seek to undo old and more familiar ways before new connections and pathways can be made.
You are invited during this season of Lent 2017 to reflect on and ponder anew the teachings of our Lord in the beginning of chapter 5 of the Gospel of Matthew. These celebrated sayings often beginning what the English words, “Blessed are…” might be the most famous of all of Jesus’ words. Yet, instead of inviting us into a deeper insight, their familiarity can actually lead us into a nearly neglectful form of inattention. We can be so certain we already “know them.”