Midweek Message

LABC Update – Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Jim Hopkins

March 5, 2024


Happy Wednesday.  Included in today’s update are the most recent Evergreen Baptist Association newsletter, a powerful essay by Lauren Ng and a recent East Bay Times letter to the editor from me.

Prayers for each and for all,

Pastor Jim

The Evergreen Newsletter  https://mailchi.mp/d54a62050a01/evergreen-notes-for-march-2024?e=74ca1dc502


Lauren’s Reflection https://christiancitizen.us/its-in-our-bones/By 




PUBLISHED: March 4, 2024 at 4:30 p.m. | UPDATED: March 5, 2024 at 4:18 a.m.


Letters: Harvesting water | Open inquiry | Smarter spending (eastbaytimes.com)


Schools should be sites of open inquiry

Re: “Sex education suddenly a culture war flashpoint” (Page A1, Feb. 10).


I get it. Parents should be concerned with what their children learn in school. Misinformation is abundant in our society.

What concerns me is that the “concerned” parents seem to be primarily interested in protecting their children from factual information. Whether it is sex education, history or scientific inquiry, their opposition often is expressed this way: “This is upsetting to my child. I want to protect them from it. Sensitive discussions like these should take place in the home. Schools should focus on teaching reading, writing and math.”

As a faith leader, parent and grandparent, I believe that learning best takes place when there is open inquiry, honest questioning and respectful dialog. I do not want those I love to be “protected” from them. I want them to be immersed in them.

Sadly, these are not the realities in many homes. Hence the need for schools to provide them.

Jim Hopkins



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