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For All the Saints

All Saints Day (November 1st) is a celebration of all Christian saints, particularly those who have no special feast days of their own, in many Roman Catholic, Anglican and Protestant churches.  Here at First Baptist – Columbus we celebrate All Saints Sunday on the Sunday closest to All Saints Day (November 4th this year).

Our celebration is a remembrance of those who have died over the prior twelve months – both church and family members – to join that great cloud of witnesses described in Hebrews 12:1.

The Apostle Paul used the word “saint” to refer to anyone who is in Christ.  This usage removes the expectation of one having done miraculous acts in order to be canonized as a saint, as is the case in some religious traditions.  In Paul’s understanding, we are all saints when we come to follow Jesus.

On All Saints Sunday we have the opportunity to give thanks for those saints in Christ who have gone before us.  It’s a reminder that death is not the end of life, but the continuation of life eternal because of the redemption we know through Christ.

For All The Saints (Hymn Lyrics)
For all the saints, who from their labors rest,
who thee by faith before the world confessed;
thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

You are invited to join us for worship, in person, or via Live Stream, this Sunday at First Baptist Church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive, Columbus, IN  at 9:30 a.m. (EST).

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Framing a New Picture – Part 2 (Passage Ways)

4B8C31C8-CB8E-478A-8F14-3E70BDBF2385One of the things that continues to catch my eye as we traverse the lands of Scotland and Ireland are the many photogenic passage ways that come into view. I’ve included a few pictures in this post to illustrate what we’ve seen.

Initially these registered as scenic paths or walkways leading us toward a new destination or discovery.  But in time I came to see the deeper passage ways pilgrims

of faith have followed in their pursuit of hope, answers and reassurance in life’s challenges. Truly we are not so different today as we continue to seek paths to God and our own faithful discipleship.

These moments in time are helping me reframe my thinking along the way as to how  to articulate the One who is “The Way” to others in our world filled with round-abouts (something Europe loves) and dead end choices.

I invite you to identify the everyday passage ways you see before you today and consider the paths you are choosing.

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What Am I Learning?

One of the standard pastoral care questions I have often posed to persons who are dealing with a life challenging situation is: “What are you learning through this experience?” Over the past several weeks I have been asking myself this question as I’ve spent time on the other side of the pastoral care equation.

Without going into all the details I’ll share a little background: Continue reading

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Boiler Up

I have been a Purdue fan all of my life.  No kidding, for as long as I can remember I have cheered on the Old Gold and Black.  Why?  I’m sure it had something to do with 3 older siblings attending Purdue University for college, as well as earning my own undergraduate degree from the West Lafayette campus.  The allegiance was built early and runs deep. I can remember in elementary school wearing a different Purdue shirt every day of the week.  My teachers even commented on my regular Purdue attire.  Hey, it made getting dressed easy! Continue reading

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It’s a Wonderful Life: Hope In It

In Isaiah 61:1-3 the poet prophet writes that he has been anointed “to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor . . . to comfort all who mourn . . . to give them a garland instead of ashes”.

You may recognize some of these words from Luke 4:18ff where Jesus incorporates them into his first sermon preached from the synagogue in Nazareth. He receives a rather mixed reaction from that congregation, some of whom spoke well of him and were amazed at his words, while others drove him out of town, ready to hurl him off the cliff. Tough audience! Continue reading

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