KOH2RVA: Day 364

License Plate

Today is “One Sunday” at Richmond’s First Baptist Church, with a celebration of KOH2RVA in the gym at 9:30, one wonderful worship service in the sanctuary at 11:00, and dinner on the grounds afterward. But it also marks the end of our year-long, every-member mission trip, and that’s why this will be the last KOH2RVA update on this blog.

Sigh.

But that doesn’t mean KOH2RVA is over.

Beginning tomorrow morning I hope to have a fresh post on a new blog called (wait for it) “KOH2RVA,” where I will feature pictures and stories from guest bloggers whose churches, agencies, institutions, and organizations are also bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to Richmond, Virginia. If you click on this link today, you will see the following message:

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But if you click on the “Follow” button you should get an email in your inbox tomorrow telling you that fresh content has been posted on the KOH2RVA blog, and you can begin to get regular updates on how people across the city are working together to bring heaven to earth in this place where we live, this place that we love.

As for this blog, I’ll probably take a few days off and then start writing about all those things I’ve been wanting to write about when this year-long, every-member mission trip came to an end.

Thank you for following the KOH2RVA journey.

I have a feeling we’re just getting started.

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p.s. If you can’t make it to church today, you can watch the KOH2RVA celebration LIVE at 9:30 on our website (http://www.fbcrichmond.org).

KOH2RVA: Day 280

Roberts BaptismI’m back from a week at the beach, where I was privileged to participate in my nephew Robert’s baptism. Robert is 19 years old, but he’s lived through a lot in his young life, including an automobile accident that could have killed him. I still shudder when I see pictures of the car. But that was a different time in his life, a time when he was doing some things he needed to leave behind.

Last Thursday night he did exactly that.

Before Robert (and my brother Gray and I) waded out into the water for his baptism I told the family that both Jesus and Paul talk about baptism. Paul talks about it as if it were a kind of death, in which the old person is buried in the waters of baptism and the new person is raised from the dead (Romans 6). Jesus talks about it as a kind of birth, where the one who is baptized is “born again” into a whole new life (John 3). But both Jesus and Paul talk about baptism as a symbol of transformation in which an old life is left behind and a new life begins.

Roberts Baptism afterThat’s been happening for Robert for months now. His life really is changing. His parents talk about it as a miracle. To participate in his baptism, and to witness that miracle first-hand, was an experience of heaven on earth. It didn’t hurt that we were on Kiawah Island, at sunset, on a lovely evening in June, but to wade out into the surf, and to dip Robert down into the ocean of God’s love, and to see the look on his face when he came up again, well…it was as if the sky opened up, and the Spirit came down, and a voice said, “This is my beloved son.”

And he is.

This morning I’m back in Richmond and looking forward to a great day at church and a great week of working to help bring heaven to earth right here, in this place where I live, this place that I love.

I hope you’ll join me.