Pastor’s Message: April 15, 2022

A MESSAGE FROM THE REV. J.C. AUSTIN: OBSERVING THE TRIDUUM As you read this message, we have already entered what has traditionally been known as the Triduum, the ancient Christian name for the three days of observances before Easter. The Triduum follows the Jewish...

A King Without a Crown

Listen By The Rev. J.C. Austin Before coming to Bethlehem, I spent over eight years working on Christian leadership development at a seminary, which including teaching a workshop on the importance of storytelling for pastors and other leaders. Not in the sense of just...

Pastor’s Message: April 8, 2022

A MESSAGE FROM THE REV. J.C. AUSTIN: EXPERIENCING THE FULLNESS OF THE STORY This Sunday is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week, the most important week of the Christian calendar. Palm Sunday is a day of celebration, recalling the triumphal entry of Christ into...

Seeds of Life

Listen By The Rev. J.C. Austin   Did you know that tomatoes are actually a fruit, not a vegetable? I thought you would: not because you’ve spent a lot of time researching the debate over how to classify fruits vs. vegetables, but because most people grew up with...

Pastor’s Message – April 1, 2022

A MESSAGE FROM THE REV. J.C. AUSTIN: A NEW LOOK FOR COMMUNION If I was hard-pressed to name my favorite part of Christian worship, I think I would finally have to say it is the Sacrament of Communion. Communion, of course, has been one of the more challenging aspects...