DC’s First Baptist Church Preaches Diversity

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The members of First Baptist Church of Glenarden worship in four shifts on Sundays. As soon as one service is over, there is a steady stream of people filing into the cavernous sanctuary for the next.

At a recent 8 a.m. service, a hush fell over the more than 2,000 parishioners as Nick Vujicic was lifted atop a table to preach.
The 30-year-old evangelist was born without limbs because of a rare affliction called Tetra-Amelia syndrome. His message was a mix of humor and perseverance in the face of severe obstacles.
“It was difficult as a child getting teased and bullied, feeling like I was the only one in pain,” Vujicic said. “By the grace of God, I have a lot of people praying for me, loving me and caring for me until one day I read John 9, about a man who was born blind. I said God, if you plan for a blind man, you got to have a plan for me.”
During midweek service, Serita Jakes, wife of Bishop T.D. Jakes, was part of a forum with the church’s first lady, Trina Jenkins, that dealt with “Post Traumatic Stress,” and her new book “The Crossing,” which attempts to deal with a unspoken problem in many churches today.
“In the church arena, we have been concentrating so much on the soul until we have not dealt enough with the inner man,” Jakes said. “After sitting across the table from moms with their children, young women who have been raped and people who have gone through traumatic experiences, I realized that the subject matter has been creeping into our churches and into our choir stands.”
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SOURCE: The Washington Post
Hamil R. Harris

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