Weekly Letter from the Pastor — July 10, 2017

Dear FBCD Family:

Greetings from Tallahassee, Florida! I bring my mother-in-law Lynnie and wife Jeanie to this lovely capital city every summer so that we can all visit relatives on Jeanie's side of the family. But rest assured, I am thinking of you!

• This week "summer" kind of goes away as we move full bore into the return of FBU. I am excited about welcoming my friend and dean Jeff Willetts to Carreker Hall for a 3-week session on "Hard Questions for God."

Weekly Letter from the Pastor — May 22

Dear FBCD Family:

May 21 was a momentous day in the life of our church, culminating a very busy and meaningful week of ministry at FBCD.

The church voted unanimously to call Kristen Koger as the new full-time Minister to Families with Children. As I said in the business session Sunday, I think this is a major step forward for our church in every way, not just in terms of ministry but also as a symbol of our renewed vitality, unity, and financial strength.

Weekly Letter from the Pastor — April 18, 2017

Dear FBCD Family,

What a glorious Easter Sunday morning. This was my first opportunity to preach on the holiest day of the Christian calendar, and seeing what must have been 500 of you gathered together for worship in the two services certainly warmed my heart. Christ is Risen! And, as I tried to say, the evidence that he is risen is found not "just" in the Bible or in tradition but in glimpses of resurrection in our own lives, in the world, and in our community of faith. I hope you catch such glimpses this week.

Weekly Letter from the Pastor — February 27, 2017

Dear FBCD Family:

As I enter my sixth month as your Interim Pastor, I am grateful to God for you, dear church family. As more and more visitors come our way on both Sundays and Wednesdays, guests are impressed by the warmth, friendliness, and Christian devotion of our congregation. We are starting to see folks join our congregation – we had two young ladies join us in the last two weeks in Fresh Start. More are considering joining. Family, keep doing what you are doing – keep being who you are!

Weekly Letter from the Pastor — February 20, 2017

Dear FBCD Family:

Two things are coming to an end along with February. I want to say a word about both.

We launched First Baptist University on January 11 with the hope and prayer that church members and visitors would respond to an entirely new approach to Wednesday nights. We had been averaging maybe 35 folks for supper, prayer, and Bible study. I thought that we had the resources in our church to offer a university-type program with multiple exciting and meaningful options in areas of Christian thought, pastoral care, and wellness.

Weekly Letter from the Pastor — February 12, 2017

Dear FBCD Family:

On Sunday we explored how both Jesus and Paul prayed. As your pastor, I was brought up short by the challenge that Matthew 6:7-13 and Philippians 1:9-11 carried for me. That is one of the most amazing things about being a pastor — first you are challenged by God's Word and Spirit, and then out of that place of challenge you attempt to offer what you have been shown to the people you serve.

Weekly Letter from the Pastor — February 7, 2017

Dear FBCD Family:

It was very special to have so many families and boys associated with Boy Scouts join us for worship on Sunday morning. FBCD has sponsored a Boy Scout troop since 1927! I am not aware of anything we are doing (besides worship and studying the Bible!) that we have done for that long. It is quite a heritage. I was glad to meet members of the Greenway family, who have played such a large role in sponsoring and supporting our FBCD Boy Scouts over many years. Thank you!