Crisis on the FSU Campus

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Crisis on the FSU Campus

Today’s crisis on the FSU campus is not the last word. Through Christ’s suffering on the cross and resurrection, he conquers murder, death, sin, and the grave. Christ also uses believers by offering their presence, prayers, and personal touch. Here are a few things you can say and do.* Connect with others. Check on every […]

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Helping Children Through Violent Crime

Even though the crisis at FSU did not involve children, they often pick up things from the news or hear things from others. One of my sons was scheduled for a field trip at FSU Thursday and could not go because of the incident. Here are a few suggestions that I have drawn from various […]

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Reasons to be Grateful

As a child, Thanksgiving was a holiday to gather aunts, uncles, and cousins. We assembled around Turkey, Television Screens, and Turnip Greens (Bleh!) to be family. Each person played a different part in our family. Some were father and mother figures. Others were friends, still others were just folks who came for the Mississippi Mud […]

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Making a Difference

Making a Difference

How do over 400 volunteers make a difference in one day in Tallahassee? Just ask one of the recipients from Saturday’s annual First Love event. I had the privilege of working with a wheelchair ramp team on Laura Street. We served Michael Scott, a disabled man originally from Massachusetts. With no family in Tallahassee, Mike […]

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Around the Table

Now that we’ve had a church family conversation around the communion table, let’s go back to the kitchen table. Jesus talks about the issues of marriage, divorce, sexuality, and singleness pretty rarely—about as often as we do at First Baptist. We covered a lot of material Sunday, and I encourage you to watch the sermon […]

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The Bride of Christ

This Sunday, we’re having a family conversation about sexual intimacy. It’s part of a brief series I’m doing entitled “Christ’s Bride Comes Home.” I wrote about this in a recent column which you can find here. When I started reading through Matthew 19-23, I was reminded that I’ve never preached a series of messages on […]

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Faith in Public

Last Friday, we kicked off the 4th season of Faith, Food, Friday. This is an interfaith luncheon (not an ecumenical one), hosted by the Village Square. What’s the difference? Interfaith gatherings usually give the public a chance to peer into a world not their own—a world where religious people serve and share the common good. […]

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Volunteer by Sunday for First Love

Volunteer by Sunday for First Love

For 13 years, we have taken one day to show Matthew 22:39 to Tallahassee. It’s the second greatest commandment—to love your neighbor as yourself. This year, we have 20 more requests for projects than last year. Just over 100 people have already registered. Now we need you and about 400 of your friends, co-workers, and […]

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Forgiveness

Last weekend, I had the great privilege of spending a weekend with Single Adults age 40+ and our Senior Adults. Luke Hinson and I led a retreat on God’s Forgiveness: Past, Present, and Forever. Living with unforgiveness is like living behind a prison wall that you have built. While there, you become a prisoner trapped […]

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Saturday Report

Saturday Report

Saturday’s EQUIP training featured a talk from Rick Howerton and two breakout sessions customized around the stage and type of Life Groups at FBCTLH. Howerton addressed leadership of Life Groups. He challenged us to “lead wisely not demandingly.” When facilitating Life Groups, we need to demonstrate our integrity as good people rather than forcing our […]

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