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Exciting News & Upcoming Changes!

Hello friends and followers of the blog,

I wanted to share some exciting new developments in the life of my family and ministry. As many of you know, my family left Texas at the end of 2013 to follow the Spirit’s leading to reenter vocational ministry. In January of 2014, I began pastoring Christiansburg Mennonite Fellowship in Southwest Virginia.

The last few years have been a blessing. While we came intent on staying a good while, the Lord has made it clear to us that he is moving us on to another place.

On Sunday April 3rd, an announcement was made that I have received the call to become the next senior pastor of Grantham Church in Mechanicsburg, PA.

[Watch the announcement at Grantham Church]

Grantham Church is a historic Brethren in Christ Church (BIC) located next to Messiah College in South Central Pennsylvania, just 10 minutes from Harrisburg, the state capital. This strategic Anabaptist church of about 400 people serves Messiah College and the surrounding community.

Please pray for us in our transition. We are expecting our second child, Judah Lee, any day now. Thankfully, my wife Lanna will get to stay home with our boys. But in the meantime, I know she would be especially grateful for your prayers toward a joyful birth experience and quick recovery. Also, pray that our 3 year old Kainan (pron. “Canaan”) will adjust well to his baby brother.

My last Sunday in Christiansburg is June 26th. We will be moving the following day. I’ll begin work at Grantham on July 1st and preach my first sermon on July 17th. Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated during this time.

Thank you for walking with us on the journey of faith.

Grace & Peace,
David Flowers


2014 Year in Review

David, Lanna & Kainan Flowers

Many of you are aware that I began pastoring Christiansburg Mennonite Fellowship on January 1st, 2014. It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since we moved to Virginia and started a new chapter in our lives and ministry!

While it hasn’t been without challenges, it has been an exciting year filled with God’s blessings for the Flowers family. The Lord has revealed to us throughout the year that we are living in his will for our lives. We are thankful for the Spirit’s continual presence with us in all seasons of life. He continues to reward us for our faith in Jesus and our willingness to trust his leading.

It has normally been the blog custom to recap the year of blogging with stats, what was popular, and/or garnered the most shares and likes. I really don’t feel like doing that this year. If you’re interested, just check out the Popular posts page. It has been updated to reflect my reader’s all-time favorites.

I’m grateful for my 500+ regular subscribers. Pastoring has demanded more of my time, so I have blogged less this year. Nevertheless, I’ve tried to post 1-3 times a month, and I’m glad that folks are still finding reasons to subscribe.

As always, one of the purposes of my blog has been to put forth weightier posts on matters that are increasingly neglected in the church. And of course, those things which are connected in some way to the centrality and supremacy of Christ, hence the name of my blog.

I’ve been blogging since 2008. I must admit that it’s been a bit disappointing over the years to discover that if I were to write more on homosexuality, or some other hot button issue, my views would sky rocket. It’s happened before. However, when I’ve written on prayer, the blog traffic almost comes to a complete halt. What does this say about us? Well, I have to say that it’s not the sort of thing that gives me a boost as a blogger.

I’ve learned how to increase my blog traffic, to be sure. But rather than seeking to have a post go viral, I’m committed to being a pastoral voice and utilizing this blog to approach things differently for those who believe we need it.

Honestly, there have been moments throughout the last couple of years where I’ve seriously considered shutting the blog down (mainly due to time constraints and the lack of engagement from readers), and then I get an encouraging comment or a timely email from one of you.

I appreciate those who have taken the time to give back and express their solidarity with my journey. A handful of you keep me blogging. I sincerely mean that. You remind me that there are some good purposes for the internet.

Personal Reflections on 2014

As I’ve been reflecting on this past year, there are a few things that stick out in my mind that I would like to share with you. These are areas where the Spirit has been at work in my life to convict, convince, and conform me to Christ. I want to encourage us all to think about how these might apply to us in the church, especially those in some form of leadership.

  1. Personal ambition robs us of the peace and joy of Jesus.
    It’s built into our American culture and it’s perpetuated everywhere we turn today. The craving for notoriety and celebrity status is not of God. If being known by Christ and your small circle of family and friends is not enough, nothing ever will be. Ambition may be evidence that you’re empty, and you’re broadcasting that to the world by your narcissistic endeavors, seeking to fill the void in your soul.
  2. Social media is a mixed bag. Use with extreme caution.
    I’ve made some incredible connections with folks through social media. Most of my blog traffic comes through Facebook. I’m happy about that. But I’ve come to believe that Facebook is a virtual dark alley in a really bad part of cyber town. It has largely become a garbage heap where we bring all the trash that’s in us. This year I feel like a veil has been lifted from my eyes to see all of the psychological and spiritual issues people have, including my own. I’m also convinced that social media has for many Christians become a substitute for local incarnational ministry. This needs to change if we want to make any lasting difference.
  3. Relationships and Gospel ministry are slow, hard, and messy.
    I turn 34 next month and have been actively following Jesus for about 20 years, so I knew this truth already. I’ve simply been reminded of it in many ways over this past year. This never changes. There is no fast-track to holiness, no easy way to achieve what is eternally rewarding. People are broken. I’m broken. Evil exists, but God is good. The Kingdom is advancing despite set-backs and our chrono-centric worldview. We may struggle here, but it’s here in the messiness of our relationships that the Spirit thrives. Don’t give up on people. Get down in the dirt with others. Be present and expect to find the Lord there.

I could say a great deal more about these things, but I’ll just leave it there. I hope you’ll do some reflection of your own. What has the Spirit been teaching you this year? Are you expecting greater things in 2015? Let’s pray for our eyes to be opened to God’s presence. He is faithful.

Grace & Peace,

D.D. Flowers, 2014.

Merry Christmas from Flowers Family

Dear friends, I want to thank you for following The Centrality & Supremacy of Jesus Christ. Some of you have been reading the blog since it all began five years ago. And many of you have joined in the last year or so. Thank you!

I’m truly humbled that you read and give serious thought to my writings. It is so very encouraging to know that we are on a meaningful journey together.

It’s been a great year here at the blog. I covered some of the blog highlights for 2013 in my last post, 2013 in Review.

I have enjoyed hearing from many of you this year, and hope to hear from even more of my readers in 2014. Thank you for taking time to add to the conversation. Your thoughts and feedback are edifying to me as a Christian thinker and writer. And I’m grateful for the relationships that have formed online, via social networking and the blogosphere.

It’s not only been an exciting year here at the blog, but also in life and ministry. Back in September, I announced that I will be pastoring a small Anabaptist congregation in Virginia. Our family will be moving over the holidays to begin an exciting new adventure together.

We would appreciate your prayers for a smooth and peaceful transition as we leave our friends and family in Texas. We take comfort in knowing that the Spirit is leading us. And what a fitting season to make this change!

Advent—Hope for a New Beginning

Advent is the season of expectation, waiting, and preparing to celebrate the parousia (coming) of Christ. The old is gone, the new has come!

I’ve given a lot of thought to what it’s like to wait and anticipate something good from the Lord. I’ve been waiting about 9 months for a move onto the next step of vocation and ministry. It has been a very trying time.

The wait has allowed time for God to work out many details of our life in order to bring about an exciting change, but it has also been an intense season of introspection, as well as general reflection over the last 14 years.

Advent and the Christmas season is like that as we look forward to Christ’s birth (and return) to the world. We believe in the future, but are painfully aware of the present. We see signs of life and resurrection, but we’re all too familiar with sorrow and death. Advent recognizes this cosmic tension.

From the perspective of expectant Jews living in first-century Palestine, waiting for the Messiah was a complicated mix of hope and despair.

As they awaited redemption and renewal by God, they were aware of both light and darkness. We also experience this today as we wait patiently for God to show up and save us, and keep his merciful promises to us.

The presence of Christ through the power of his Spirit assures us that God is with us. For he is Emmanuel, “God with us” (Matt 1:23).

Remember God’s perfect salvation to us in Christ this Advent season, right here and now. And celebrate what is not yet, but is sure to come.

Let the first and third stanzas of one of my favorite hymns assist you.

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

From the Flowers Family (David, Lanna & Kainan) to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Greater things are yet to come!

May the Lord richly bless you this holiday season.

Your Bro, David

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D.D. Flowers, 2013.

2013 in Review

Hello blog readers and subscribers!

It has been another great year here at the blog. In fact, it has been the busiest year so far with almost 80,000 views! Thank you for reading and giving your feedback along the way. You encourage me to keep blogging.

Here are the 20 most popular posts of 2013:

  1. Jesus UnCrossed
  2. Support Us or You’re a Bigot?
  3. How Worship of the American Flag Changed Everything
  4. Meeting Jesus at Abu Ghraib
  5. Is the Pledge Good for Our Kids?
  6. An Open Theism Theodicy
  7. Why I Do Not Support or Oppose Gay Marriage
  8. In Awe of the God of Science
  9. Loving God With Your Mind
  10. Anabaptist Core Convictions
  11. Really Bad Church Names
  12. Josh Garrels on Believing
  13. The Difference Between Conviction & Condemnation
  14. Finding the Naked Anabaptist
  15. On Christian Cynicism
  16. Jumping Over Jesus
  17. Heaven is Not Our Home
  18. The Twilight Zone God
  19. Is God Good?
  20. God is Not Cynical (So Why Are You?)

Other blog highlights in 2013 include the following:

Was there a post this year that you appreciated more than others? What was it and why?

Please do me the honor of reflecting back on this year’s many posts and let me know if you there was one or two that especially ministered to you. (It may be a post that’s not mentioned above.) I sincerely thank you!

You can expect one more post in 2013. There, there now. Dry your eyes. 🙂 Stay tuned for a personal Christmas post from the Flowers family.

D.D. Flowers, 2013.

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