Dear FBCD Family:
Greetings from San Antonio, where I am finishing meetings with the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature. Picture a lot of earnest academics in tweed delivering learned papers to each other and going to long meetings, and you pretty much get the picture.
I am grateful to our talented intern Peter Wischusen for taking the pulpit on Sunday in my absence. I am sure you enjoyed hearing from him. He has a bright future.
After Thanksgiving, we move immediately into Advent. I am glad that FBCD celebrates Advent — the season of preparation for Christmas, also the beginning of the liturgical calendar each year. This year's preaching theme for Advent will be "Jesus and the Meaning of Advent." We will take them in the traditional order: Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace. On Christmas Eve my theme will be Incarnation, and in our rare Sunday Christmas Day service the theme will be Celebration. I hope to shed fresh light on the meaning of Advent by connecting each theme to the ancient Jewish hope of redemption; thus we will read both Old Testament and New Testament texts and weave them together in the messages.
As part of our Advent seasons, we will have some wonderful music programs, on December 2, 11, and 18, though special music will be featured all during Advent. Please check the church calendar for details.
Finally, don't forget that First Baptist University (FBU), our new Wednesday evening education and outreach initiative, will begin January 11. Our "Winter Term" courses/groups are now confirmed as the following:
• Financial Peace University, led by Matt Visser
• Grief Support Group, led by Larry Connelly and Tommye Morris
• A Study of How the Bible was Developed, led by Bill Fulkerson
• Restorative Justice I, led by Linsey Addington
• Caregivers Support Group, led by Ann Murphy
• CS Lewis' Mere Christianity, led by Bob Williamson in Carreker Hall
I hope that you might consider making FBU on Wednesday nights a new part of your schedule if you have not been coming. And please, invite a friend.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving — see you Sunday!