Our congregation was founded in central North Carolina over 250 years ago by immigrants from Germany. Since then faithful people have been gathering here to worship and glorify God. Thanks for visiting our website, and we hope you’ll visit Brick Church this Sunday.
Chicken is cooked , chopped and ready to begin pies tomorrow. Thanks to the choppers, dough mixers, rollers and many other helpers necessary for this project. Couldn't do it without our men's support ! Pickup between 2-5PM Saturday. If cannot make it please call 336-213-1565 for other arrangements or talk with person ordered with. Thank-you. ... See MoreSee Less
A Word for Wednesday…Heroes
“When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit” (John 1:47).
This past Monday school children, federal employees, and many others enjoyed a break from their usual routine in honor of one of our nation’s heroes, Martin Luther King Jr. His contributions to the Civil Rights Movement are indisputable, and his legacy, his words, and his willingness to put his life on the line for a cause he believed in continue to inspire us. Yet, since learning of his well-documented problems with marital infidelity, and the clear examples of plagiarism found in his doctoral dissertation, I have struggled to fully embrace him as one of my heroes. I remember the day I first became aware of these things, devastated to learn that this man who was larger-than-life in my estimation, had failed in these areas.
More recently, I learned that one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century, Karl Barth, was involved in a decades-long affair with his personal assistant, Charlotte von Kirschbaum. He even went so far to insist his wife allow Charlotte to live with them in their home, not even making an effort to hide his feelings for Charlotte from her. When I first heard the news I was so disappointed I considered the drastic step of removing all of Barth’s books from my library.
A lot of people I speak to about these things tell me I put too much weight on these indiscretions, that I need to consider them in the full light of both of these individuals' amazing accomplishments. The unintended implication of such a suggestion, at least as I understand it, is that if a person does amazing things, we can overlook his or her failure to do the “little” things, like telling the truth and being faithful. I have a really hard time with that.
The text for last week’s sermon, John 1:43-51, records Jesus’ calling of the first few disciples. Reading through the passage, I was really struck by Jesus’ comment about Nathanael, calling him “an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” Would he say the same about Martin Luther King Jr., Karl Barth, or any other heroes in our society whose faults and failures are conveniently overlooked?
I think the decision to set aside a day each year to honor MLK was the right one. He did pay the ultimate price for what he believed in, and his story reminds us of countless others who suffered in similar ways in the pursuit for justice and equality for all people. And in spite of his infidelity, Karl Barth’s contribution to our understanding of the Scriptures and Christian theology cannot be overstated. I plan to keep his books in my library. Maybe some day I will get around to reading them. The point I’m trying to make is this: if we can come to the end of our lives having achieved nothing more than keeping our integrity and commitments intact, we have really done something. The world may not notice, but God will, and that is all that really matters. If you have failed in these areas, confess your sins, and embrace the new beginning that God offers. ... See MoreSee Less
Beautiful snow but created problem on schedule for chicken pies. No work on Thursday. We will begin Friday am with cooking chicken and other preparations. Come when you can or if need ride let me know. Pies will be ready for delivery as scheduled on Saturday . ... See MoreSee Less