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

July 16, 2017: “A Generous God”

Why did Jesus tell parables?  Here’s a clue: “The kingdom of God is like.”  The parables deal with one basic question: What is God like?  Everyone has opinions about God.  Even the atheists write books describing the God in whom they don’t believe.  Conservative evangelicals fill the television and the media outlets with their version […]

July 9, 2017: “Are American Christians Persecuted?”

Jesus says, “Blessed are the persecuted.” Anyone here saying, “I got to get me some of that?” Do you believe Christians are being persecuted in America? Conspiracy theories are a growth industry in America. To paraphrase Kurt Cobain, of the rockband Nirvana, “Just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after you.” But let […]

July 2, 2017: “Everybody’s A Critic”

Jesus offers cultural critique: “But to what will I compare this generation?”  Culture critique is a growth industry in America.  From scholarly tomes to barbershop chatter to garden variety Baptist preachers, everybody knows exactly what is wrong with America.  The woods are full of critics.  They multiply like rabbits on Noah’s mythical ark.  Rush rumbling […]

June 25, 2017: “Imagining the Church”

“Communities are to be distinguished,” says Benedict Anderson, “by the style in which they are imagined.” The church is an imagined community. It is constituted in specific ways through the meanings it has been given over time by those who were here before us. What kind of church has our historical, corporate imagination produced over […]

June 18, 2017: “Excel in Empathy”

II Corinthians 8:7-15 I haven’t come for your money. Nor will I promise you that God will make you wealthy if you write a check. I watched a television evangelist giving advice to people with too much credit card debt. He suggested that people pick up the phone and use the one credit card they […]