Hooray! My Pastor’s Back!
We at Jeff Street Baptist Community at Liberty have been missing our pastor for several months, now, as she has been on sabbatical leave–something very necessary for longterm pastorates. A church is more than its pastor and Baptist congregations are supposed to be lay-led. So people were still visited at home, in the hospital, in prison; the homeless and poor still fed; injustice in the city and around the world still challenged; the gospel still proclaimed–both by members and visiting preachers. Some of the latter is still happening. (I am looking forward, for instance, to giving the Reformation Sunday/All Saints’ sermon at the end of this month.) But we have missed our wonderful pastor, Rev. Cindy Weber.Cindy is shown above in the pulpit in our sanctuary–a pulpit that has missed her presence these last many weeks. An excellent expositor, a caring shepherd and administrator, a fiery, challenging prophet (as our city leaders have reason to remember!), and compassionate proclaimer of the evangel is our Cindy. She is also a pastor-theologian in the truest sense of the term. That doesn’t mean our theologies are always in agreement (this is a BAPTIST congregation with strong belief in liberty of conscience and the priesthood of all believers, after all!). But when I disagree, I am still forced to think and re-think in light of the Word made Flesh and revealed among us.
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