Have you ever wondered what a pastor does with his time (besides preaching on Sundays)? Each quarter, I present a report to my congregation sharing my activities with them. I have attached this quarter's report below in case you are interested.
On Friday evening at 6:30, seven members of Grace Baptist Church (including me) joined with about twenty members of First Baptist Church in Albion to participate in the annual "Secret Church" simulcast. Secret Church is hosted by David Platt, President of the International Mission Board, and has more than 50,000 participants each year. The evening includes about 4 hours of intensive Bible study, combined with information and prayer for the persecuted. This year's focus was the nation of Iran. This was my first year participating in the simulcast, and it was a joy. Hoping for many more to join us next year. For more information about Secret Church, visit their website: http://www.radical.net/secret-church
My publisher has released an excerpt of my new book, Jonathan Edwards on the Atonement, to give readers an opportunity to explore its contents before purchasing the volume. I have attached it below for anyone who may be interested.
This weekend Grace Baptist Church held its annual Good Friday & Easter Celebration services. Both services were well-attended and well-received. I want to express my gratitude to the 17 members of Grace who hand-delivered about 1,000 invitations around our community leading up to the services, and to our church musicians who worked hard and did an outstanding job. Both services were centered on the gospel. Both services had first-time guests. Looking forward to building the new relationships that were established this weekend.
Yesterday evening the members of the Lecture Series subcommittee of the Youngish Professionals Committee gathered at Schuler's to start planning the long-term trajectory of the series. I don't want to give details away before the YPC is ready to publish them, but I will say that our time together was very profitable. There were ideas, suggestions, and push back, but all in a spirit of friendship. One thing I can safely announce is that the Lecture Series will be renamed "YPC Talks" to remove the impression that the presentations will all be formal, academic events. Our next talk will be later this summer. Details will be provided soon. Hope to see you there!
I've been privileged to partner with a new community organization called the "Youngish Professionals Committee" in Marshall. The group was organized by the MAEDA and seeks to provide resources for young adults and families wanting build their lives and businesses in our city. I am serving on the Lecture Series subcommittee. Last night we had our first lecture at Schuler's Restaurant--a presentation by Dr. Laura Weirich, a paleomicrobiologist at Australia's University of Adeleide, who has done some groundbreaking work with Neandertal skulls. It was a fascinating lecture, and I am so grateful for her willingness to share her time with us. I also enjoyed getting to know a number of leaders in our community, young and old, and hope to build those relationships further as we move forward.
If you would like to learn more about the Youngish Professionals Committee, simply visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheYoungishProfessionals/