15 episodes

Let's Talk, with Rev. Zach Bay seeks meaningful and transformative dialogue with both listeners and guests through a variety of subjects. Some episodes feature Zach responding to the questions or comments sent in by listeners. Other episodes feature guests who have graciously agreed to come and share their thoughts, talents, and life experiences. Questions or comments? Email Zach at zach@fbcmiddlesboro.org.

Let's Talk, with Rev. Zach Bay Zachary L. Bay

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

Let's Talk, with Rev. Zach Bay seeks meaningful and transformative dialogue with both listeners and guests through a variety of subjects. Some episodes feature Zach responding to the questions or comments sent in by listeners. Other episodes feature guests who have graciously agreed to come and share their thoughts, talents, and life experiences. Questions or comments? Email Zach at zach@fbcmiddlesboro.org.

    Keeping Faith during a Pandemic (Interview with Cindy Dixon)

    Keeping Faith during a Pandemic (Interview with Cindy Dixon)

    My guest this week is Dr. Cindy Dixon, Assistant Professor of Anatomy in the College of Veterinarian Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University. Since her family moved here in November 2020, Cindy has been a regular online attendee of First Baptist Church--through online worship, Facebook Live broadcasts, and this podcast. Cindy and I talk about her, her work, and what it's been like to try to remain faithful in religious practice in a new place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Check out the LMU College of Veterinarian Medicine here: https://www.lmunet.edu/college-of-veterinary-medicine/index

    Check out online services of First Baptist Church of Middlesboro, KY here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaUciDulz6qCRnbl2n0sU1w

    And please, follow and share this podcast with someone you think might enjoy it.

    • 54 min
    Amish & Baptist Friends in Cumberland Gap (Interview with Carol Borneman)

    Amish & Baptist Friends in Cumberland Gap (Interview with Carol Borneman)

    My guest this week is Carol Borneman. Carol served as a park ranger in national parks her entire working career. When she got to Cumberland Gap National Historical Park next door to Middlesboro, she decided never to leave. She recently retired after a long, successful run loving the people and the terrain of the Gap.

    Check out CGNHP here: https://www.nps.gov/cuga/index.htm

    Check out FBC Middlesboro's work with the Amish community in southern Indiana and CGNHP here: https://fbcmiddlesboro.org/appalachian-immersion/

    Want to come to the mountains to learn and serve? Call First Baptist Church at 606-499-5564 between 9 AM and 1 PM, Monday through Friday.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    A Pastoral Sabbatical: The Way of St. James (Interview with James Lamkin)

    A Pastoral Sabbatical: The Way of St. James (Interview with James Lamkin)

    First Baptist Church of Middlesboro and I are on a great pastoral and congregational adventure--a pastoral sabbatical. I will be away for 3 months this spring/summer after 8.5 years of service for a time of rest and renewal.

    The centerpiece of my sabbatical is a 500-mile, 1,200-year-old walking pilgrimage path across northern Spain. People of Christian faith have walked the Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) from St. Jean Pied de Port in southwestern France to Santiago de Compostela in western Spain, near the Atlantic Ocean. Post-Camino, I will spend time in New England with Baptists in some of the oldest Baptist places in the United States pondering and writing about my experience so as to be able to share it.

    My guest this week is the Rev. Dr. James Lamkin. James is now retired after 23 years as Pastor of Northside Drive Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA, and 49 years in pastoral ministry. James is my mentor and a good friend. He walked the Camino in 2012, and shares his experience of this 500-mile-long, 3-feet-wide classroom for spiritual growth.

    For more on the Camino de Santiago, check out these resources:

    Camino de Santiago Information Site - https://santiago-compostela.net/

    American Pilgrims on the Camino - https://americanpilgrims.org/

    Two interesting books I'm using:

    A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago, Camino Frances, by John Brierley

    Walk in a Relaxed Manner: Life Lessons from the Camino, by Joyce Rupp

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ashes and Latin and Lent, Oh My!

    Ashes and Latin and Lent, Oh My!

    This week, the Christian season of Lent begins. Since the 600s CE in the West, Ash Wednesday has been the first day of this 40-day season of pilgrimage preparation for Easter's empty tomb. But Ashes? Lent? Latin? There's a lot going on that can be confusing to the average--even the committed--person of faith.

    In this episode, I talk about Ash Wednesday, the season of Lent, fasting, the purple everything that shows up in worship, and why it all matters even now, in 2022. As I say midway through: "

    "No matter how you slice it, all of that means when you step into the flow of Lent on Ash Wednesday, you join your sisters and brothers in faith across the millennia. You walk a religious/spiritual path that billions of Christian people have walked before you, and millions and millions of Christian people with you today. As Joyce Rupp says in her book on pilgrimage, 'Let the historical route empower you.' By keeping Lent, those who've gone before us have somehow consecrated and made sacred the path, with God's help. On Ash Wednesday, we step onto that path and feel its gravity and grace. "

    My primary source material for this podcast is the wonderful one-volume Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church: Third Edition Revised, particularly the "Ash Wednesday," "Lent," and "Refreshment Sunday" entries. I recommend this book to clergy and laypersons alike as a wonderful companion to your studies of the Bible and the church.

    • 35 min
    What Makes an Episcopalian? (Interview with Aelred Dean)

    What Makes an Episcopalian? (Interview with Aelred Dean)

    St. Mary's Episcopal Church meets in the oldest church building in the City of Middlesboro, one of the last remaining wooden Gothic church buildings in the United States. St. Mary's Episcopal church may also be the oldest organized congregation of Christians in Middlesboro--if not the oldest, one of the oldest.

    My guest today is the Rector of St. Mary's, Father Aelred Dean. He is a dear friend and pastoral colleague, and has served Christ as pastor of St. Mary's for 5.5 years. We enjoyed a free-flowing and energetic theological conversation about doing faith the way Jesus teaches his disciples: by loving God and loving neighbor. Christianity is as simple and as complicated as that.

    You can check out St. Mary's Episcopal Church on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/st.marys.mboro or on the web at https://www.saintmarysmboro.com/.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    The Voice of Falling Snow

    The Voice of Falling Snow

    This week, Zach shares a recording he made of snow falling in his yard. With the help of Presbyterian theologian Belden Lane and some of Jesus' words from the Sermon on the Mount, he reflects upon what it means to really, truly pay attention to your life. It matters more than you may think when it comes to the health and growth of your soul.

    Related sermon: https://youtu.be/igCieZgIfck

    Related book: https://www.amazon.com/Great-Conversation-Nature-Care-Soul-dp-0190842679/dp/0190842679/ref=mt_other?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

NorseVet ,

Warm thoughtful conversation

Zach has a talent for choosing interesting quests, but more importantly for making his quests feel comfortable and helping them amplify their thoughts as well has helping them pull those thoughts forward to present to the audience.
Zach is fortunate to have developed a voice that is pleasant to hear and a cadence that is easy to follow.
Not only,fortunately, are these podcasts pleasant and entertaining, they are informative and if you let them, have the potential to help you make changes in who are you……in a good way.

chessah13 ,

Good words.

Really have enjoyed this episode that breaks down the definition of various titles concerning religion.