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From the Pastor – April 2018

He Is Risen! This is the great proclamation of our faith. It is what we are reminded of as we celebrate together on Easter Sunday. It is not, however, a proclamation merely for Easter. We are Easter people. We live each day with the news of Christ’s Resurrection ringing in our ears and flowing from our hearts. It shapes all of who…

From the Pastor – February 2018

I want to invite you to be part of a special Sunday Bible study series at ARBC during the season of Lent. The Lenten season is the forty days (not including Sundays) from Ash Wednesday (February 14, 2018) through Holy Saturday (the day before Easter, March 31, 2018). This is traditionally a season of fasting and reflection as we prepare ourselves for the…

From the Pastor – January 2018

As I reflect on the year that has just concluded and the new one that has just begun, I am overcome with a sense of gratitude. It is something that has been building for the last four years that we have been together as we have become closer and been able to be church with and for one another. So I want to…

From the Pastor – December 2017

We have reached the busiest time of the year for most of us. We are preparing our homes with the decorations of the season. We are buying presents for our loved ones to give them at Christmas. We are making arrangements to host friends and family members. We are pulling together donations of winter clothes, food, and money as we remember those…

From the Pastor – November 2017

What will it take to ensure that our church thrives? What does thriving look like at Augusta Road Baptist Church, and how will we know that we are reaching our full potential as we serve as one unique part of the Body of Christ? These are questions that we must prayerfully consider as a congregation. The specific details may not be clear…

From the Pastor – October 2017

Proverbs 29:18 tells us that “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Depending upon the translation of the Bible you are reading, the word “vision” may also be translated as “prophecy,” or “redemptive revelation from God.” As I am reading this verse in light of the work of our community of faith today, I recognize that without grasping a clear and…

From the Pastor – September 2017

As I watch or read the news and have the opportunity to engage with people one-on-one, it seems as though the prevailing sentiment in the world today is uncertainty. The political climate is stranger than any time in my life. The forces of evil, extremism, and destruction across the world seem undeterred by efforts to silence them. We all watched the coverage…

From the Pastor – August 2017

Those invested in the life of the church are constantly asking if there is any hope for its future. While some see nothing but decay, I am convinced that there are actually signs of life and hope for the future of the church all around us. The church is fueled by the Spirit of the Living God, who continues to breathe the…

From the Pastor – July 2017

From the Pastor Summer is a good time for taking stock of your life and what God is doing in you and around you. I remember many a trip to the beach spent in deep reflection and in search of an understanding of God’s purpose for my life. Lelia and I would be sitting on the beach, watching the sun set, listening…

From the Pastor – May 2017

From the Pastor We are resurrection people. As Christ-followers we are representatives of a risen Lord for a world that desperately needs to hear some good news. I said in a sermon recently that Easter does not end at sundown on Easter Sunday. Just like those first followers who experienced the empty tomb, the Easter story becomes the story that shapes our…