The teaching ministry of Jesus was not performed in the safety of a classroom with inquiring and compliant students hanging on every word. He did not stay protected behind the walls of a close-knit religious fellowship who offered him unconditional love. He did not put pen to paper or surround himself with scribes who recorded his words of wisdom while being shielded by great distances from where the real life action took place. Granted, you can still get yourself into hot water while operating in these fields, but the teachings of Jesus were offered in the most vulnerable and high-risk types of settings. This week, we journey with him through holy week as recorded in the 22nd chapter of Matthew's gospel. Once again, Jesus proves himself a master of grace, wisdom and insight while under enormous pressure. As his followers, there are lessons here for us too, as we seek to live with the stresses of our lives. Join us this Sunday as we allow him to teach us, not only with words but also with a witness that can transcend our troubles.
Central Baptist Church is proud to join with Baptist Seminary of Kentucky to offer Journey for Justice - Empowering Women Leading the Church. This two-day event will be led by Rev. Dr. Eileen Campbell-Reed, an ordained minister, practical theologian, and co-director of the Learning Pastoral Imagination Project. Dr. Campbell-Reed will preach in our morning worship on November 5th and will lead an evening conversation at 5 p.m. The Georgetown Chorale will also be our special guests and singing in the evening event. This Journey for Justice event is designed to explore many aspects of justice regarding women’s leadership in churches and other ministries. Among Cooperative Baptists of Kentucky women’s leadership is assumed, yet it remains a limited pathway. What would help turn the tide and change the culture? Rev. Dr. Eileen Campbell-Reed will preach, teach and facilitate conversations to raise more questions and offer theological, sociological and practical insights about the problems and potential solutions. Most importantly each gathering will explore strategies and plans for making the journey for justice one of empowerment for women leading the church. Find out more at https://bsk.edu/journey-for-justice
Forging idolatrous figures from precious metals is generally not a sin that we discuss frequently in church. The things we put our trust in are more inconspicuous. While stuck in the desert with their leader up on some mountain, the Israelites did a pretty normal thing. They tried to make themselves feel more secure by going back to what they knew. They found comfort in the unjust systems from which they had just been freed. And yet, God still invited Moses to a conversation--a conversation where God listened to Moses and God ended up changing God's mind. God invites us to join in this slow and messy process of letting go of the oppressive systems that bind us and collaborating for a more just and equitable world.
On Saturday, October 21st, Lexington Habitat for Humanity will partner with Thrivent Financial, local churches, homeowners and community partners to complete exterior work on six homes occupied by elderly homeowners in the East End neighborhood. Dozens of volunteers will gather for this one day project to stabilize and improve the long-time home of these neighbors. Lexington Habitat is still recruiting volunteers from local congregations to partner with us for the event and would love to hear from anyone with a small group, class or other group that would like to consider partnering with us for the build. No experience necessary. Please contact Jeremiah Myers at 859-429-3174 or JeremiahM@lexhabitat.org as soon as possible if you’re interested in serving with us!
The 13th chapter in the book of Romans and the 13th chapter in the book of Revelation live in tension with one another. Both passages in our New Testament speak to the role of the faithful under the hands of government. While one is an unreserved endorsement of the appointed order that works for the good, the other speaks to an authority that is opposed to the ways of God and is an assault upon it. This Sunday, we will seek to listen to both texts as a means to offer direction and wisdom to our common responsibility as both good citizens and faithful followers of Christ.
It seems the whole world is awash in conflict and confusion. Even those calling themselves Christians find themselves engaged in division and discord. This Sunday, we will renew our focus and commitment to the work and teachings of Jesus. We confess him as our Savior, the means of our salvation. But it he is also our Lord, our example on using our lives for others and being concerned about issues of social justice. Both points of emphasis are essential and necessary. Join with us at 11:00 as we lift up the life of our Lord as the hope for salvation, for ourselves and for our world.
The following is a list of books recommended by folks from Central Baptist Church as formative and meaningful in their Christian journey. Please speak with the appropriate person if you would like more information about any of the following books.
Early next week the Lexington Cemetery Board will consider the recommendation from the Lexington City Council to relocate the controversial statues at Cheapside to the Cemetery. Here's the letter I sent to the board in support of this action. Please pray for wisdom, compassion and fairness to undergird all decisions that guide the peace and well-being of our city.
As a predominately white descendent of 19th Century Irish and English immigrants to the United States, I am confused by the term “white heritage.” My mother tells me of an Native American grandmother somewhere down branch on the family tree. It wouldn't surprise me to find a smattering of other ethnicities in the bloodline, those with stories too shameful to get past the filter of our acceptable family narratives.