Local Mission Trip to West, TX--July 1-5, 2013--Our friends at FBC West are actively seeking volunteers for West Relief work and asking them to sign up the Texas Baptist's Disaster Relief Network. Volunteers are needed all summer long, but FBC Waco will be helping as a church family from July 1-5. Texas Baptists are coordinating the relief efforts, which will include everything from simple clean up to skilled labor. Adults and children grade 6 and above are invited to help. To participate, you must sign up in advance online at www.texasbaptists.org/west . When you register, under location select "Add'l Volunteer Opportunities in West, TX" and enter the dates during July 1-5 when you can participate. Cost for the week is $15, which covers required supplemental insurance. Let Curt know if you're planning on helping! firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Give money though the link on the BGCT website or through FBC Waco. Note "West, TX" on the check and we'll get it there. 500 Webster Waco, TX 76706
Volunteer at the LIFT workshop on Saturday. We are setting up a "West" room to link citizens and help.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
The open tomb is startling scandal and wild possibility. A few years back I stumbled on the idea that Jesus is on the loose and it has motivated me since. It was in a piece written by Beverly Roberts Gaventa on the work of Donald Harrisville Juel. She wrote, “Among the striking observations in Donald Juel’s treatment of Mark 16 is that, ‘Jesus is out, on the loose, on the same side of the door as the women and the readers.’ This unsettling way of putting things builds on Juel’s earlier observation that the tearing of the heavens at Jesus’ baptism declared that the protective barriers between humanity is gone and that God, ‘unwilling to be confined to sacred spaces, is on the loose in our realm.’” The Spirit of Jesus refuses to stay put. God will not be caged. The Spirit is on the loose in the midst of human life. We will be exploring this theme in April and May. We will touch down at several points in Mark. Jesus is on the loose…
among fearful followers. Mark 16:1-8
among the withered. Mark 3:1-6
among the sent. Mark 3:31-35
among the kindred. Mark 3:31-35
among the children. Mark 10:13-16
among the rich. Mark 10: 17-28
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
I've been preaching through the book of Ephesians at FBC Waco. I love this epistle and have been challenged and encouraged by it. My prayer is that it will continue to form our congregation.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Here's the word of encouragment I offered the Baptist General Convention of Texas staff last week. I hope it encourages you as well.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Eugene and Annie Jenkins Sallee heard the “Go” of Jesus and the “Come” of China. God used them to renew missions in their generation. Their call began as students. A recent graduate, Mr. Sallee gave a talk on his call to missions and, “That whole community was given a new outlook on the missionary enterprise…” That happened in 1903. It is 2013 and the needs of the hour again require a new outlook.
Missional and educational are two of our root values. Our heritage affirms that we are at our best when these roots intertwine. In 1933 J.M. Dawson wrote of Mrs. Sallee, “That Mrs. Sallee should have such sympathy for missions may possibly be understood more readily when it is recalled…that she received her degree from Baylor University, which has supplied the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board with one out of nine of all its missionaries to the foreign fields; that she grew up in the First Baptist Church, Waco, under the ministry of B.H. Carroll and other pastors, which undoubtedly sent forth more preachers and missionaries than any other church in the South…” We have a “sending forth” legacy. New paradigms in missions are pressing us to reclaim it!
We have much dreaming and planning to do. Our church has and I believe will make a vital contribution to the movement of God in the world. We have in our midst bright and godly men and women called to the nations. We must pray fervently. I ask you to join with me in praying three things as it relates to a new outlook on missions:
1. Pray for a vision as big as the world. Acts 1:6-11
2. Pray for a bold strategy that rises to the opportunities of the hour. Acts 16:6-10 It was said of Eugene Sallee, “He was a worldwide missionary but his place of labor was Interior China. Vision is for the nations and strategy for people and place.
3. Pray for the called. Acts 13:1-3