I received word that David Rovenpara, beloved member of both Lakeshore and Oakland First Baptist, passed away on Tuesday. His caretaker spoke of how important church was to David. His kind, gentle, thoughtful spirit will be greatly missed. Join me … Continue reading Sad NewsContinue reading →
“Why Would the Spirit Lead Anyoneinto the Wilderness?” – by Dale Edmondson “And the Spirit immediately drove [Jesus] out into the wilderness.” (Mark 1:12) Why would the Spirit do that? And why to Jesus? Why to anyone?Yet Mark says that’s what happened: … Continue reading Lenten ReflectionContinue reading →
It’s easy to claim our faith when we are on the mountain top, witnessing the supernatural power of God. It is much harder, but even more essential, to do so when we are in the thick of our daily lives.
Dear Lakeshore Family, Today marks the first day of our month long celebration of African American history, culture and contributions to our country. As an invitation to learn some history, we have reproduced the biographies Reverend Carolyn Matthews compiled last … Continue reading Celebrating African American HistoryContinue reading →
John describes baptism with the elemental symbols of water, wind and fire, evoking the importance of cleansing, receiving the breath of God and ongoing transformation. May these symbols continue to shape our identities as followers of God.