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“Brother John,” Dearest Jeanette

Church histories often focus on measurements of success more appropriate for a corporation than a church: large building projects; budget increases; growth in church membership. But if current Auburn First Baptist members conducted a referendum, they probably would select the team of Jeffers and Jeffers the most successful co-pastors ever. That outcome defies conventional wisdom.…

Introducing Dr. Tripp Martin

Auburn First Baptist Church is delighted to announce as its new pastor, Dr. John M. “Tripp” Martin, III. Originally from Augusta, Georgia, Tripp earned a degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia, a Master of Divinity degree from Wake Forest University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the McAfee School of Theology…

Auburn First Baptist and the Alabama Frontier

Back in the early part of the nineteenth century, when Alabama was just an infant state, people poured in this place—part of the great stream of immigrants pouring into America from all over the world, and part of the stream of poor people just coming farther and farther south and west until finally they wound-up…

Our Baptist Legacy: Four-Part Series

Why are we Baptists? What do we believe? Do all Baptists believe the same? These and many more questions are discussed in this four-part series, presented at Auburn First Baptist Church on 21 July 2013. Download the MP3 audio files of these four sessions, along with handout PDFs, linked below: Our Baptist Theological Legacy: The…

Our Baptist Legacy

The early Christians seemed to have had mixed feelings about tradition. On the one hand, they rejected traditions that they thought were oppressive or pointless. But, on the other hand, there were traditions that were good traditions, and the early church recognized this. [button link=”http://auburnfbc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/02_AFBC_BaptistLegacy_Humphreys_20130721.mp3″]Download MP3 Audio File[/button]

The Making of Modern Auburn First Baptist Church

Nearly all churches have several beginnings, some many more. As decades come and go, realities change, and elements of tradition and modernity collide, dramatic alterations occur. For Auburn First Baptist, the decades between 1900 and 1940 produced most of those transitions. Organizationally, theologically, and culturally, the church after 72 years of life became more like…

Building the Body of Christ at Auburn First Baptist

If I. T. Tichenor was the flaming comet shooting across Auburn skies in the 1870s, leaving in its wake both solid ecclesiastical and educational institutions, Patrick Hues Mell, Jr., and C. E. Little were the smaller, more enduring, and perhaps in the long run more important meteors trailing behind. As impressive as Tichenor’s denominational influence…

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