A Pastoral Letter After Parkland

A Pastoral Letter After Parkland

“What God Can Do With Dust” Beloved Church Family: Ash Wednesday is jarring enough, without the background holding the news of a tragedy. Yesterday, we gathered amidst the news from my home state of Florida of 17 people, many of them teenagers, killed in a...
Window Gazing February 2018 by Alan Sherouse

Window Gazing February 2018 by Alan Sherouse

On Sunday, January 14, we gathered after worship as a congregation for an annual “State of the Church” conversation, taking the opportunity at the start of a new calendar year to reflect on where we are and where God is calling us. I want to use this month’s “Window”...
Window Gazing January 2018 by Alan Sherouse

Window Gazing January 2018 by Alan Sherouse

For all the anticipation, preparation and waiting, Christmas seems to end quickly. The days after Christmas can feel like an abrupt shift. We know that the Christmas season lasts for 12 days leading up to Epiphany on January 6, but liturgical technicalities aside, on...

From Them to Us

This article from Pastor Alan Sherouse originally appeared in the July issue of our Connections newsletter, available here. Our church sign on W. Friendly Avenue displays the message “All Are Welcome” to those who pass. In the last couple months, we’ve come to...

Straightening Dr. Lolley

(A version of the article below appeared in this month’s Connections Newsletter, available here) Every other day or so I have to straighten out Randall Lolley. In May, on First Baptist’s “Heritage Sunday,” we relocated and re-opened our...

The Bushes Are Dead

This article appears in our April issue of Connections, available here. For nearly 40 days, we have shared in the season of Lent – the season that precedes Easter and calls us to prayer, contemplation, and preparation for the death and resurrection of Christ. Our Lent...