Pastoral Reflections

Jul
21

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My mind is full of so many things it is hard to know where to start writing today. The Nicaragua youth trip was wonderful and beautiful mixed with huge doses of world realities, images of unbelievable poverty, and primitive living. Mental images include the faces and smiles of ... Continue

Jul
7

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For those of you who were not with us on Sunday, July 2nd, we closed our worship time with a sending blessing and prayer for our youth and adult leaders traveling to Nicaragua to serve with AMOS, A Ministry of Sharing Health and Hope. Before we prayed, I shared ... Continue

Jun
9

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Summer is upon us, even though it is technically not summer until June 21st.  Already, we are missing your presence as vacationing and beautiful sunny days call us outward.  Instead of bemoaning the reality that our attendance count is decreased, I am going to celebrate your opportunities to relax, get ... Continue

May
25

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I was in San Antonio, Texas last week attending the Festival of Homiletics. The festival is filled with opportunities to gain new insight, hear inspirational well-educated lecturers and preachers, while spending time with others called to vocational ministry. Approximately 1800 pastoral folks gathered together for worship, lectures, preaching ... Continue

May
11

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58 Prairie members, including a group of our youth gathered for a Town Hall Meeting on Sunday, May 7, 2017.  The gathering was hosted by Prairie’s Guidance Team who is leading our congregational process to explore how we as a congregation will respond to same gender relationships and marriage. The ... Continue

Apr
21

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Eastertide? What is that? Or, what do we do now, there are 50 days of Easter until Pentecost? Eastertide is a fifty-day season in the Christian year following Easter and leading us towards Pentecost. Simply put, it is a 50-day period of time set aside to celebrate our risen ... Continue

Apr
7

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Holy Week Pilgrimage Holy Week pilgrimage calls us to linger in the darkness of Jesus’ suffering and sacrificial death. We will gather together on Thursday evening to consider and participate in the Lord’s Supper, to hear the continued story and music we began on Palm Sunday, drawing us into Christ’s passion. ... Continue

Mar
10

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Throughout this 40 days of Lenten pilgrimage we are called to a full examination of ourselves in view of who we are and whose we are. Scripture tells us we are all beloved children of God, created in the image of God, and deeply loved by God. God ... Continue

Feb
28

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Over the next couple of weeks we will continue working through Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, which basically lays out for us and those original listeners, how God’s story will be shaped and should be practiced on earth, as it is in heaven. Jesus is also unpacking for the ... Continue

Feb
2

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Sunday, January 29th, I headed to Clearwater, Florida to join in the MMBB Pastor’s Colloquium. I’ve been asked to share about my experience of joining an American Baptist Church following serving in a Cooperative Baptist Church. It seems within the pastoral group there are others coming and going between ... Continue

Jan
20

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This is a big week in the life of our nation.  We remember and celebrate the life of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and on Friday, January 20, Donald J. Trump, will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States.  This week also marks the world wide ... Continue

Jan
6

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Take the 2017/Faith Increase Challenge January is always marked with the promises and hopes of new beginnings. It is a wonderful time of year to re-evaluate, re-organize, and re-prioritize how things are going in our lives. In the life of our congregation, January launches the beginning of a new ... Continue

Dec
15

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Luke 2:15-20 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they went ... Continue

Dec
1

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Isaiah 35:1-10 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see ... Continue

Nov
17

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Colossians 2: 6, 7, “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” This scripture verse, written to the “brothers and sisters in Christ in ... Continue

Oct
28

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Throughout the Stewardship month we have encouraged folks to Get on Board the gospel train headed to 2017. We had a lot of fun learning more about all Prairie Baptist Church does during the Dessert and Stewardship Challenge event. Consecration Sunday, October 23, was a beautiful morning of worship ... Continue

Oct
14

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We are having fun with stewardship this year and our theme, Get On Board. Stewardship and the act of giving, sharing, and offering ourselves to the ministry of Christ should be done in a spirit of cheerfulness which results in abundant joy. The ministry results of our collective ... Continue

Sep
21

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When I began my time at Prairie, one of the first questions asked was, ‘when are we going to do something about our parking lot?’ September 19, we took a very intentional step towards answering this question. Five Prairie members and a full City Council gallery of Prairie ... Continue

Sep
9

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There are so many different things going on, I don’t know if this is a true Breeze article, or my checklist for the days ahead. I want to keep us all informed and on board with what is going on at Prairie Baptist Church. This September is full of opportunities ... Continue

Aug
26

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Almost every time I spend time with folks exploring where they experience God, most often the response is outdoors, in nature, near water, in the mountains, listening to storms, enjoying a summer rain; in summary, somewhere out in God’s vast and amazing creation. As a result, and in response ... Continue

Aug
5

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All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go… I am headed to New Orleans this morning (Tuesday, August 2, 2016) where I will join our youth and others participating in the American Baptist Home Mission Society’s, Til’ the Work is Done Week, Volunteer Work Week. The flier reads, “Worship, witness ... Continue

Jul
21

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Missional is not a bad word. At the last church council meeting I learned “missional” is a bit controversial at Prairie. I also learned “missional” got a bad rap related to changes in missions giving and the budget. While I am sure, and have heard it was a difficult decision, it ... Continue

Jul
7

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The Hospitality of Grace Throughout July, worship will explore Jesus’ stories of hospitality and grace. As I said this past Sunday, not by Martha Stewart standards, instead, God’s radical hospitality. Paul summarized it with this, “you must love your neighbor as yourself.” Our Triune God’s neighbors include the ... Continue

Jun
24

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Dear Prairie Friends, Thank you for your thoughtful, careful, loving responses to the Orlando ‘Pulse’ massacre. Your shared feelings, questions, heartfelt outrage demonstrate to me a community of faith who cares deeply about the brokenness of our world. In so many different ways, ‘something has to change.’ I hope this ... Continue

Jun
10

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We’ve launched the Grace series with a look at Paul’s letter to the Galatians. In the beginning of the letter, Paul immediately establishes who is in charge. It is not Paul, no human authority, it is not the law, it is Jesus Christ and God who “called” them, ... Continue

May
27

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Grace During the month of June we will explore God’s grace and generous hospitality through the book of Galatians. Paul offers God’s grace and peace to all he meets at the beginning of his letters and defends his revelation of Jesus Christ and the call to proclaim God’s gospel as ... Continue

May
13

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The Guidance Team met following our May Quarterly Business Meeting. The task before us is to: • Shepherd the congregation through an established process for healthy dialogue and education on the issue of sexual orientation (homosexuality), same gender marriage, and what it means to be a welcoming, open, and affirming congregation, or ... Continue

Apr
22

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Bright and early Monday morning, April 18, at 12:18 a.m. Nora Katherine Hill was born. I am fortunate that my daughters invite me to be a part of their labor and delivery experience. Nora is the fourth grandchild I have had the pleasure of helping come into this ... Continue

Apr
8

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On March 28, 2016, the Deacons joined Congregational Council to further explore how to best move forward with the January 2016 annual meeting table conversations. As a reminder, our dialoged focused on congregational life and questions around homosexuality and same gender relationships. Gleaned from the January dialogue sessions ... Continue

Mar
18

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What Would Jesus do? This popular question was published in 1896 by Charles Monroe Sheldon as a subtitle to In His Steps, a best-selling religious fiction novel. The book has sold more than 30,000,000 copies, and is ranked a top seller. The book takes place in the railroad town ... Continue

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