• Welcome to First Baptist Church
  • Lenten Dinners @6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays
  • March 26th: "The Light of the World" - 4th Sunday in Lent
  • March 26th: Adult Issues Class @11:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 13th @ 7:00 pm
  • Save the dates: Apr 22nd, Apr 29th
  • Saturday, April 29th
The mission of First Baptist Church is to minister to our congregation, the community, and the world so all may experience the love and grace of God.

Recent Sermons

March 19, 2017: “Water from Rock”

Exodus 17:1-7, John 4:5-42 Questions explode in desert air.  The preacher fires first: “Why do you quarrel with me?”  “Why do you test the Lord?”  The people retort: “Why did you bring us out of Egypt to kill us?”  Then the preacher appeals to the Lord: “What shall I do with this               people?”  And then […]

March 12, 2017: “Born Again?”

American revivalism has often been informed by the idea of being “born again.” A frequent question that you would face back in the 1970’s was “Are you born again?” The question is unsettling. Jesus, in the Greek text, actually says “born from above.” The idea is a metaphor that is only one way of talking […]

March 5, 2017: “One Strategy for Resistance”

Matt 4:1-11 Lent in counter-cultural.  The Old Testament lesson for Ash Wednesday sounds strange in American churches:  “Return to me with all your heart,” says the Lord, “with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”  Where would our happy, happy, happy religion put that verse in the Order of Worship?  You can’t get more counter-cultural than […]

Feb. 26, 2017: “The Grand Encourager”

The story of the transfiguration baffles and humbles my mind. I tell you this because I want you to just pay attention and notice what happens! Jesus was transfigured and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white.  I don’t know if it’s fact, metaphor, or myth.  There appeared to him […]

Feb. 19, 2017: “Higher Literalism”

Rhetorical Strategy: The title of this sermon, “Higher Literalism,”  is more than a title.  It is a speech act.  It is a description of the   rhetorical strategy.  In other words, this is how a liberal preacher takes the Gospel seriously.  Let’s out-literal the literalists.  After all, literalists prefer obscure texts, fringe texts, texts ripped from […]