Attacks upon houses of worship erode the safety, comfort, and wisdom we have discovered in them....
Hallelujah! Christ is Risen! We anticipate another wonderful celebration of Christ’s victory over sin, separation and death and our share in the wholeness and healing he brings Sunday, April 21st at 11 a.m. We will also celebrate Christian baptism for two adult men, Jackson Campbell and Staus Sienicki. Both are excited about the new life of openness and grace they have discovered at Central and that we gladly proclaim as the God’s gift of the gospel. Come early and secure your place for this incredible time in our life of faith. There will be no early worship service this morning, but regular Sunday school activities.
This week, we're talking with Kara Kilpatrick. Kara is in training as a psychiatrist, working primarily with adolescents. She's an ordained Presbyterian minister who's also worked as a chaplain. She somehow manages to find time to play the hammered dulcimer and mandolin and probably other things as well. She and Jeno have been at Central for several years now and we're thrilled to have her as part of our writers workshop.As you'll see in this piece that Kara adapted from one of her sermons, she is a master at weaving together intellect and emotion. Her narratives are thoughtful and precise, yet still vibrant and alive, giving us a chance to think and feel differently than we might have before listening.Just a note before we begin. Kara's story is a reimagining of Jesus' anointing in the gospel of luke which involves a woman who is described as living a sinful life. Kara unpacks this reputation and while there's nothing explicit in the slightest, if you're listening with kids, you may want to preview a bit to see what questions you may need to answer later.
Palm Sunday invites us into the most important week in the church's remembrance of the witness and work of Jesus for the salvation of the world. We recall the myriad depths and heights this week will entail. Alongside moments of intense love, service, healing and ultimate victory will be the severe challenges of betrayal, arrest and agonizing death. Throughout all these events, Jesus holds steady with amazing integrity, unswerving compassion, and incredible courage. Join us as we consider the power of his example as we seek to follow him and his model of spiritual strength and life-transforming love.
Join us for a concert with the acclaimed singer-songwriter Kate Campbell right here at Central Baptist Church. Tickets are on sale now for $10. Space is limited so reserve yours now. Purchase tickets online below or email email@example.com. Purchase Tickets Online Kate Campbell is a southern singer-songwriter who writes and sings memorable folk songs infused with undercurrents of delta blues, folk, pop, and country that originate from a musical landscape spanning the less-travelled back roads from Nashville to Muscle Shoals to Memphis. Over the course of 20+ years since her acclaimed debut album Songs from the Levee, she has resisted the temptation to follow musical trends but instead chooses to set the pace for her unique musical journey clearly palpable in her latest release Damn Sure Blue, a heart-felt collection of tunes that pays a respectful nod of admiration to the Man in Black and reverberates with the soulful sounds of award-winning Americana guitar whiz and producer Will Kimbrough. Kate’s endearing, clear-water vocal delivery and her eloquent gift for storytelling have drawn repeated comparisons to such bastions of the Southern literary tradition as Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, and William Faulkner. Her easy command of a full range of American musical styles has earned Campbell recognition as a formidable talent by critics. Time Out London proclaimed her a “major talent” while Chicago Daily Herald described her as a “world-class singer-songwriter.” Perhaps Roots Time best summarized the extensive arc of Kate’s 18-album career by stating, “What a great talent Kate Campbell represents is made clear by the legends in music that appear as guest artists on her albums.” Americana stalwarts Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Nanci Griffith, Guy Clark, Maura O’Connell, John Prine, Mac McAnally, Buddy Miller, Spooner Oldham, and the heart of the Muscle Shoals classic soul and R&B hit- making machine are both admirers and collaborators in her distinctly literate musical vision. Find out more about Kate Campbell on her website
If you aren't comfortable with a hammer or painting, you can still help at this year's Habitat Build. On three separate days this spring, CBC is providing lunches for the volunteers helping at the HEN Build site this year. Each volunteer day, a lunch is provided for about 12 workers. Snacks and bottled drinks are also important for the volunteers as they are hard at work finishing this home for the Shabani-Chibalonza family. The dates Central is providing lunch are April 27, May 18, and May 24. You can help by making lunch, picking up a catering order, or providing drinks and snacks. If you are interested, please sign up at the Sign Up Table in the foyer or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The theme for our observation of Lent this year is “Cultivating and Letting Go.” It reminds us of the simple arithmetic of spiritual progress. We move forward upon the challenging path of Christian maturity by the negative forces and habits we are willing to abandon and the positive forces and habits we are determined to put in their place.
A naming controversy over an infamous bridge in Alabama is an appropriate location to reflect upon the polarities that divide us. American is stretched and pulled by the unavoidable differences arising from our cultural, racial, historical and personal experiences. We are cut off by our past and the hidden truths we refuse to acknowledge or the shame we are too frightened to confront. Distance and denial walk happily hand-in-hand when there’s little motivation to reach across the divide that separates the human family....read more at my blog