Pastor’s Blog

by Pastor Todd Bradbury

A Passion to Serve…with Electronics

For the past few months I’ve been asking us to think about what it means to be a minister and how we’re all called to some form of ministry. The question many of us struggle with is, “What is my ministry?” I want to suggest that one way we can find our unique ministry is by paying close attention to the things we’re passionate about. Bruce Moseley provides us with a fine example of how our passion can uncover the path to our ministry. 

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Love is spelled T-I-M-E

 
Have you ever gotten to sit in the cockpit of an Airbus A300? Thanks to Rob Camden, my two children and I got to have that experience. We recently spent a morning at the Richmond International Airport where Rob took us on a tour of the FedEx Air Terminal. Rob worked for Fed Ex for 37 years and retired just last month. On our tour Rob showed us

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Every Christian is called to be a minister

One of the scariest moments of my seminary career occurred on my very first day of Seminary, September 12, 2001.  It was a surreal feeling starting seminary on the day after 9/11. This was a fearful time for our nation and I have to admit a fearful time for me as I began a new chapter of my life. What made that day even more worrisome was when a group of seasoned seminary students were giving some of us new students some pearls of wisdom.  One of them said to me, “You know that as a minister you represent God to others.” I never stopped to think that being a minister is to represent the Lord.  I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me. It just didn’t; it was a new revelation. My thought at the time was, “Who am I to represent the Lord?” If that’s what being a minister means then I was pretty sure I wasn’t cut out for ministry.

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Faithful Stewards of God’s Creation

 
This month I want to call our attention to Carolyn and Doug Turner and tell you about their two passions. Carolyn loves animals. She volunteers most every day at the Richmond Animal League.* She’s been a volunteer there for 18 years. She travels to several localities to take in dogs and cats from local animal pounds in an effort to keep these animals from being euthanized and to hopefully adopt them out to loving families. Carolyn says this about her work,

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No Gift Is Too Small

I’ve been serving at Bethel for a little over three years and most every Sunday morning I’ve noticed that there is a plate of cookies in the parlor for folks to enjoy before Sunday school. For three years I’ve known about the cookies, but I never stopped to ask myself who is responsible for putting them there. I assumed someone probably bought a few cookies from the store and put them out each week. Or maybe several people took turns putting them out? I didn’t know. I recently found out that these cookies aren’t store bought cookies at all and they are made fresh each Saturday evening by one person:

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A Step of Faith

Who is Jason Moore and why is that quote important? Jason and his wife Lauren joined church last fall. In February they dedicated their two beautiful children, Coen and Elliot, to the Lord. At the dedication service the Moore’s publicly announced their intention to model their faith in Christ for their children. Not only is their faith a model for their children, it may just be a model for us as well. Let me explain.

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