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

October 8, 2017: “It’s Jesus!”

What’s Jesus got to do with it? What’s Jesus but a gentle and mild old rabbi from yesteryear? Do we bomb, bomb, bomb North Korea? What’s Jesus got to do with it? Do we repeal Obamacare? What’s Jesus got to do with it? Do we regulate guns? What’s Jesus got to do with it? Can […]

October 1, 2017: “Court Is In Session”

In 2007, Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers filed a lawsuit against God, accusing the Almighty (in a fit of alliteration) of “fearsome floods, egregious earthquakes, horrendous hurricanes, terrifying tornadoes, pestilential plagues.” Lawsuit was dismissed. God doesn’t have a legal address, the presiding judge argued, so he can’t be summoned to appear in court. Frivolous lawsuits! There […]

September 24, 2017: “The Gospel is Good, Not Fair”

Matthew 20:1-16 Welcome to a crazy world where people make the same wages if they work all day or only work an hour. Welcome, my fun-loving, deeply committed fellow capitalists to economics by Jesus. “Unfair!” we cry impulsively. The grumbling envy of the all-day workers in the parable speaks directly to us. We are the ones […]

September 17, 2017: “Stuck in the Middle”

Exodus 14:19-31 Romans 14:1-12 How does it feel to be stuck in the middle between two extremes? We understand because spatially and emotionally that is exactly where we are. Israel has packed quickly because the word has come down that Moses has negotiated their freedom from Egypt. As the long line of ex-slaves make their way […]