Community Engagement

On a Tuesday evening, May 16th, several of our churScreen Shot 2017-06-04 at 3.44.38 PMch members participated in a community event at Vulcan Park. “A Taste of Five Points,” celebrating the 130th anniversary of Five Points South, featured booths by local retail businesses, delicious samples provided by the world-renowned restaurants located in the neighborhood and a display by Southside Baptist Church where we spoke to many of the event guests as gave them informational materials about our inclusive community of grace. Those attending had a great time, and it was a wonderful opportunity to interact with our neighbors and to communicate the desire of our church to be a more active participant in our community.

The following Saturday, we participated in “Clean and Clear Five Points.” This quarterly service opportunity, organized by the Five Points Alliance, brings together local businesses, student organizations from UAB, residents and local churches and synagogues to make our community cleaner and safer.

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In the coming weeks, there will be more opportunities for you to be involved in community service and outreach efforts. We look forward to sharing in this time of service and fellowship together. Get involved!

Community Engagement

We Are All One

We experienced a wonderful time of worship last Sunday as we celebrated World Communion Sunday. Every aspect of worship was uplifting and reinforced the truth that as believers, whether here or halfway around the world, we are bound together with an unbreakable tie. It is a familial relationship that transcends any and all others that we experience, producing a sense of belonging for all. World Communion Sunday reminds us of the unity we experience in Christ amid all the diversity that, when left to humanity, usually divides. I see and am amazed at the diversity among worshipers at Southside Baptist Church each time we celebrate Holy Communion, and I am awed that God, through love, mercy and grace, has brought us all together. It gives us hope since the Good News that unites us, also has the power to break down barriers in the world that separate and divide us. I hope and pray that we will remember the words in Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

May we live as one.

We Are All One

Summer Days

The hot summer days are upon us, but we are not slowing down in our efforts to be the presence of Christ in our community. While attending the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina, last week, I was reminded of the privilege we all have to be a part of God’s Kingdom work. Listening to missionaries tell of God’s activity evidenced in their work with people groups around the globe that are, in many instances, among the forgotten peoples of the world, gave me greater understanding of their needs and a renewed sense of commitment to missions both in our community and beyond. In the coming months, you will hear more about the needs and opportunities that are set before us. I look forward to discovering what God is doing among us, in our community and around the world.

Tonight is the last Wednesday Fellowship Supper, Prayer Time and Bible Study until we resume in August. Please make an extra effort to be present for the good food, great fellowship and an outstanding study led by Dr. Roxburgh. This session will be the third in a series on the Missional Church- Studies in Acts.

The calendar for July will have some varied offerings for worship, Bible study, and fellowship. A special study, A More Caring Congregation; Practicing Personal and Cooperate Radical Hospitality, will be offered each Sunday in July from 9:30 – 10:30 am. All Sunday School classes are encouraged to participate in this Study if possible. This study promises to be very beneficial and enriching to us individually and to our church family.

Summer Days

Pray for Peace

The news reports of the horrific incident in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday morning that left 49 young adults from the LBGT community dead evoked a broad range of responses from people across the country and around the world. Many of us with friends and family that are part of this community felt an immediate visceral response as we grasped for answers to questions of: Who would do this? Why? How? The hours following the first reports provided only partial answers at best which, when coupled with the steady stream of stories of good information mixed with misinformation, added layers of frustration to the heaviness and sorrow we were already experiencing. We want answers to those questions that are continuously cycling through our minds, hoping answers will come; however, there are some things we already know. We know there are families and friends grieving the loss of loved ones, others sitting bedside in hospital rooms with family members clinging to life as they hope and pray that the physical and emotional wounds will heal. Intensified fears in the minds of many people have increased levels of anxiety in families and communities. How do we, as people of faith, respond to acts of terror and the aftermath left in its wake? Hopefully, our first response has been to pray for the families of those who lost loved ones and for healing of those injured. As followers of Jesus, we are taught to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us even though this is a difficult, sometimes impossible, task. We should pray for ourselves and for those who do not yet know the experience of God the Creator of all life and the source of peace that passes all human understanding. May it be so.

Wednesday Evening
This evening Dr. Roxburgh begins a study of the “Missional Church” especially as it is depicted in the Book of Acts. You will want to be present and participate in this study and discussion. Our Fellowship Supper starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by Prayer Time at 6:00 p.m. The time of study begins at 6:15 p.m.

Pray for Peace

Dr. David Gushee

On August 30, Dr. David Gushee will preach Sunday morning and again that evening at 6:30 p.m. In the evening session, Dr. Gushee will deliver a lecture on his recent book Changing Our Mind, “a call from America’s leading evangelical ethics scholar for full acceptance of LGBT Christians in the Church.” At 5:00 p.m., we will enjoy a light supper in Drennen Hall during which Dr. Gushee will address those gathered and entertain questions.

In preparation for his visit, an opportunity to participate in a discussion study group is available. This group will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 27, and will discuss Dr. Gushee’s book. If you are interested in participating in this study and would like a book, you may purchase a hard copy or electronic version at amazon.com.

This study and visit by Dr. Gushee is a very important event in the life of Southside Baptist Church, and it is a wonderful opportunity to hear this renowned Baptist preacher, theologian and ethicist. Below is an excerpt from Dr. Gushee’s bio. A more detailed description of Dr. Gushee’s accomplishments, writing and contributions is available at DavidGushee.com.

Dr. Gushee is a Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. Widely regarded as one of the leading moral voices in American Christianity, he is the author or editor of 20 books and hundreds of articles in his field, including Righteous Gentiles of the HolocaustKingdom EthicsThe Sacredness of Human Life, and, most recently, Changing Our Mind. Dr. Gushee has always accompanied his scholarly production with church work (First Baptist Church, Decatur), activism (human rights, creation care, LGBT acceptance), opinion writing (Washington Post, Huffington Post, Baptist News Global), board service (Public Religion Research, Sojourners), and domestic and global media consultation. He has lectured on every continent, with endowed lectures scheduled in New Zealand and Holland in 2015. Dr. Gushee has been married to Jeanie for 30 years. They are the parents of two daughters and a son, and the grandparents of a beautiful baby boy, Jonah. They reside in Atlanta.

Dr. David Gushee

Dr. David Gushee and Changing Our Mind

On August 30, Dr. David Gushee will preach Sunday morning and again that evening at 6:00 p.m. He will deliver a lecture and discussion on his recent book Changing Our Mind, “a call from America’s leading evangelical ethics scholar for full acceptance of LGBT Christians in the Church.”

In preparation for his visit, an opportunity to participate in a discussion study group is available. This group will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 20 and 27, and will discuss Dr. Gushee’s book. If you are interested in participating in this study and would like a book, you may purchase a hard copy or electronic version at amazon.com.

This study and visit by Dr. Gushee is a very important event in the life of Southside Baptist Church, and it is a wonderful opportunity to hear this renowned Baptist preacher, theologian and ethicist. Below is an excerpt from Dr. Gushee’s bio. A more detailed description of Dr. Gushee’s accomplishments, writing and contributions is available at DavidGushee.com.

Dr. Gushee is a Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. Widely regarded as one of the leading moral voices in American Christianity, he is the author or editor of 20 books and hundreds of articles in his field, including Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, Kingdom Ethics, The Sacredness of Human Life, and, most recently, Changing Our Mind. Dr. Gushee has always accompanied his scholarly production with church work (First Baptist Church, Decatur), activism (human rights, creation care, LGBT acceptance), opinion writing (Washington Post, Huffington Post, Baptist News Global), board service (Public Religion Research, Sojourners), and domestic and global media consultation. He has lectured on every continent, with endowed lectures scheduled in New Zealand and Holland in 2015. Dr. Gushee has been married to Jeanie for 30 years. They are the parents of two daughters and a son, and the grandparents of a beautiful baby boy, Jonah. They reside in Atlanta.

Dr. David Gushee and Changing Our Mind