Posts by Tripp Martin

Alumni

Where we live out our faith at the corner of College Street and Glenn Avenue, just one block from Toomer’s Corner, we hear the word alumni often. It bounces off the streets of downtown, which are flooded with alumni every fall, and it echoes throughout the walls of the church, as we remember days gone…

An Important Room

There is a quiet, sacred moment, which takes place at the church from time to time, and it usually goes unnoticed. We do not always recognize it, but many of us remember when it happened to us. It is the first time we bring our child to church and leave him or her in the…

Preparing the Table for College Students

Auburn First Baptist Church has a long history of caring for and supporting college students in their journeys of life and faith. Each semester we welcome students into the life of our church as they join us for worship and other activities. Church members prepare dinner every Tuesday night for our college ministry. Our church…

Holy Week

The final days of Lent are the days of Holy Week. They are the closing chapter of our Lenten journey, which takes us to Jerusalem, and they are also the beginning of something new, which we call Easter. The days of Holy Week begin on Palm Sunday, which is also known as Passion Sunday, because…

Wilderness Wandering

During the season of Lent, we find ourselves in the wilderness with Jesus, which can feel like an uncomfortable place. In scripture, the wilderness is a desert-like place, where we feel uncertain and unprepared. When Moses led the people of God out of Egypt, they wandered through the wilderness for forty years. After his baptism,…

A Global Ministries Offering Dinner

During this time of year, we talk about our Global Ministries Offering. Each year we collect a special offering, which is over-and-above our church budget. The offering focuses on the many ways we support missions. It is not the only way we support missions, but it a significant way we join together for the benefit…

A Lenten Journey

Rather soon, we will enter the season of Lent, which is the journey the church takes every year to Good Friday and Easter morning. It originated in the fourth century as the early church was considering how to keep time with the life of Jesus. It is one way we remember the significance of Jesus’…

Preparing a Place

On the one hand, we should never equate the “church” with the building at the corner of College Street and Glenn Avenue. We might even go to great lengths to separate the two. The “church” is a group of people, rather than, bricks and mortar. We might borrow the words of the apostle Paul, referring…

Reflections

As we begin another calendar year, wondering where the time has gone and astonished that it is 2018, we are surrounded by goal setting and resolution making. Pausing to set goals or to make resolutions at the beginning of another year can be a helpful practice when it is empowering. We can take time to…

A Time of Renewal

With the beginning of December comes the start of Advent, which is a time of preparation for the birth of Jesus. Advent is the start of the next Church Year, which feels awkward to us since we are in the last month of the calendar year, but perhaps that describes God’s initiative. When we do…