Services have been cancelled this evening. Please pray for those who must travel and stay safe and warm! We will see you all on Sunday morning!

Thoughts on the odd paradox of racist Christians

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr Day, a day to commemorate a courageous visionary who stood, fought, and ultimately lost his life for the idea that all people have value and should be treated as such.

It is difficult for me to fully grasp, but Dr. King met some of his strongest opposition from people who strongly believed Christ’s teachings. People who preached and taught about the forgiving love of Christ for all people everywhere actually endorsed violence against their black brothers and sisters!

How could these people be so right on so many important doctrines but so wrong in how they treat their fellow man?

I can’t speak for them. But I can say, based on I Peter 2:4-12, that Christians ought to be the last people to be fighting for the supremacy of any race or for special treatment based on race, ethnicity or culture.

Instead, Christians out to be the sort of people who say:

  1. Our only supremacy is found in Christ. We find our value in our connection to the “precious, elect” Christ, the One who makes us useful (I Peter 2:5-6)
  2. Our only identity is found in Christ. We’ve been divinely selected for a high and unique calling: showing and sharing a Savior who gave us a valuable identity (I Peter 2:9-10)
  3. Our only fulfillment is found in Christ. We live as people whose home is not here and whose joy is found out of this world (I Peter 2:11)
  4. Our only glory is found in Christ. When we are wronged, we don’t find for revenge or restitution … we fight for reconciliation knowing that it pleases our God (I Peter 2:12)

“Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and has redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and has made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” Rev. 5:9-10

Repent of racism, cliques, and snobbery and worship Jesus as supreme! 

5th Annual Great(?) Chili Cook-Off

Competition is always hot this time of year. The stage has been set, the players have been notified. Your not going to want to miss this fiery event on January 28th at 6pm at McConnell Road Baptist Church as we heat things up with our 5th Annual Great(?) Chili Cook-Off! You wont want to miss the various recipes from Chicken Queso chili to Habenero Bean & Beef. There will be sweet and smooth chili’s as well for those who cant handle the fire! We look forward to seeing our whole community turn out to enjoy all that your taste buds can handle!

Thoughts on New Beginnings and Having a Happy New Year

Was 2017 a good year for you?

How you answer depends on how you dealt with the inevitable difficulties that you faced.

That’s the reason that just about every culture has a “good luck” ritual for the new year: smashing plates, sweeping out the door, having money in your wallet at midnight, eating black eyed peas and collard greens, just to name a few.

Maybe it’s pessimistic, but our experience tends to prove out that a new year marks a new period of difficulties:

  • Some struggle with sin and other “self-inflicted” wounds.
  • Others face very real suffering—abuse, rejection, physical pain.
  • Many more are simply weak: sickness saps their strength, the waves of life crash their ability to keep it together, financial resources barely last week to week.

But the new year offers a fresh page, a new opportunity, a “do-over” of sorts. Of course, we’ll very likely hit some trouble at some point in the year. We just don’t know which difficulties they’ll be.

But we do have God’s promise of victory. That’s what the Apostle Paul writes in Romans 8:31-39. He reminds us that our God is powerful…powerful enough to overcome difficulties, to conquer sin (Romans 8:33), suffering (Romans 8:35), and weakness (Romans 8:38).

In fact, God is able to make you MORE than a conqueror through Jesus!

While I can’t promise total peace and prosperity (at least not on this side of heaven), I can point you to the Wonderful Counseller, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace and assure you that He’s got it under control.

“…in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” Romans 8:37

Jesus makes all things new!