Greater Things

Welcome to the new year! I’m going to forego the usual pastoral reflections about making resolutions, keeping resolutions, breaking resolutions, abandoning resolutions, and so forth. Everyone knows that even the hardiest of New Year’s resolutions...

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Toward a Culture of Call

The agenda for our quarterly church conference on November 29 is a full one. The finance committee will present its financial plan for missions and ministry in 2018, the Nominating Committee will propose a slate of church members to serve new...

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Dream Big

It’s time to Dream Big again. Every eight years, as written in our church bylaws, we have the chance to step back, consider the big picture of where we are as a church right now and—more importantly—where we sense God leading us together in the...

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Home and Away

Summer is upon us, and before we all start going thither and yon to camps, vacations, mission trips, and so on, I’ve got three requests to make of you. The first two are for when you are away from Providence this summer. The third is for when you...

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I Believe

On Sunday, May 21st, we will celebrate the 63rd birthday of Providence Baptist Church. This Anniversary Sunday will be my first one with you, and I am looking forward to it. Grateful people remember their shared history, as well as the...

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The Moments Before Sunrise

One of my absolute, very favorite moments of the year during my time in Murfreesboro happened every Easter Sunday at about 5:30 in the morning.  Throughout Lent, a large cross stood on the lawn in front of the church, similar to the one we have...

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A Lenten Fast

Every year, I head into the season of Lent with good intentions and high hopes. This year, I want to go deeper in my faith. This year, I want to grow closer to Jesus. This year, I want to become more aware of God’s presence. This year, I want to...

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Out of Our Abundance

By now, most of us, I imagine, have fairly settled into 2017. Before we get much further on into this new year, though, it might be helpful – or, at least, instructive – to take one last look back at an important measure of our...

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