All You Wanted to Know about the BHBC Music Ministry (and more)

MUSIC NOTES: 4.17.18

 

NOTE:  I apologize for producing no Music Notes last week.  Our daughter, Kelsie, was grieving deeply due to her brother’s/our son’s suicide (the anniversary of his passing is fast approaching).  Last Monday, Michelle and I dropped everything and made an urgent trip to Missouri to be with her.  She’s doing better.  nw

 

THIS SUNDAY, 4/22

Sonshiner Choir:  I Want Jesus to Walk With Me

Preacher:  Jason (full primary text: Mark 1:9-11 – Jesus’ baptism)

Lord’s Supper this Sunday.

Summer Choir Schedule:  Wednesday rehearsals will continue through June 13th.

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT – THE END OF THE WORLD IS SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK: APRIL 23rd

Once again, “experts” are making headlines, certain they are correct this time about the apocalypse.

Is this one correct?  We’ll take a brief look at how Jesus would answer that question.

Join me Wed. evening, 4/18, as we address this latest prediction, biblically, and then launch into Revelation, chapter 10.  Chapter 10, by the way, contains one of the few instances in Scripture when the writer is commanded not to record what they see and hear.

NOTE: Wed., April 25th, will be our final class for the semester.  We will use that evening to review and take inventory of chapters 6-10, as well as give you a preview of what’s to come beginning in August.

Maranatha, nw

 

THE BIBLE: GOSPEL, GUIDE or GARBAGE?

One of my passions is to, as one of our professors at HBU champions, “Teach Christians to be thinkers, and thinkers to be Christians.”

Linked for you here is a dialogue between New Testament scholar and theologian, NT Wright, and Harvard philosopher, Sean Kelly, as they discuss one of history’s most influential books – the Bible.

It’s an audio link only (no video) and is over an hour in length.  Whether you listen in “small bites” or “swallow the entire dialogue whole”, please consider listening and thinking deeply about what is said.

I have in my library Wright’s 700 page classic, The Resurrection of the Son of God. It is heady, but a rewarding read.

The audio clip is just below the photo at the top of the linked page.  You can access the link here.  Enjoy…

 

THE HEAVENS DECLARE THE GLORY OF GOD (Ps. 19:1)

Is life overwhelming?  Do you need to be reminded how small we are, and how big God is?

Astronomy is a love of mine and I enjoy reading literature about it.

This article never mentions God or a Creator, but it reminds a believer that God’s creation is beyond our (and Hollywood’s) wildest dreams.

In addition to Black Holes, gravitational waves, and the space-time continuum, the National Geographic article mentions Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), “the compact object is more than four million times as massive as our sun,…”

When we consider the size of our universe, can we even begin to imagine its Creator.  Read the article here.

 

This is not a “seminar”; it is a class with a hands-on environment designed to teach church safety officers the basic requirements of the job.

Who should attend?  Church safety leadership; potential church safety leadership; greeters; ushers; church staff

Cost: $35

Sat., April 28th; 8am-1pm

 

UnAPOLOGECTICS CONFERENCE: NOV. 17th

It would be futile for me to attempt to convey how excited I am about this event heading our way in November.

“Un-Apologetics” is a play on words meaning, in essence, “being unapologetic about Christian apologetics (defending the Christian faith).”  As I’ve mentioned before, the English word “apologetics”, is derived from the Greek word –apologia – Peter uses for “logical defense” in 1 Peter 3:15.

Keynote speakers for this include Sean McDowell and Nancy Pearcey.  You may have heard of Josh McDowell over the years. Sean, is his son, and a professor of apologetics at Biola University in southern California.  Nancy Pearcey is an adjunct professor of apologetics at Houston Baptist University and prolific author.

I will share more about this event in the Fall.  I simply wanted to apprise you of the event so you can place it on your calendar.  You will not want to miss this.

 

SPEAKING OF JOSH & SEAN McDOWELL…

Josh, a former atheist, always “brings it” in an extremely intelligent, reasonable and articulate fashion – as he does here in this FOX News article. Read the article here.

Sean offers evidence of the overwhelming reliability of the New Testament here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK:

Lee Strobel was asked a question (located at the bottom of the tweet below).  Note his answer.  In a world full of books about the Bible, he is spot-on in his reply:

 

Since we missed last week, here’s a bonus.  Ever been told you’re nuts, or crazy?  Join the club. 🙂

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:

Here you go, ladies.

Saw this the other day. Definitely applies to something my wife could say to me.

“You’re making me seriously reconsider believing in reincarnation. Because no man can get that stupid in just one lifetime.”

 

And a bonus:  Lubbock Wind-Sock…

 

GRACE NOTES:  Our “True North”: the Word of God

I posted this blog some time back.  But, this past week I was reminded of it as I’ve been counseling a dear friend of mine who serves on staff at a church in Texas.  The church is imploding and his (and his family’s) world is turning upside down.  As I’ve gently reminded him – the only thing that can help us rediscover our “true north” in world that’s caving in on top of us is the Word of God.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

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MUSIC NOTES: 4.3.18

ENCOUNTER is HERE! April 8-11

Welcome, Zack Randles (preaching) & Jim Archer (music)

ENCOUNTER Schedule:

Sun., 4/8 – regular morning schedule; Evening service begins at 6pm

Mon – Wed Evenings – 7pm

Special Events during the week:

Mon., 4/9 – Men’s Lunch – noon – FLC  (lunch is provided free of charge)

Tues., 4/10 – Women’s Lunch – noon – FLC  (lunch is provided free of charge)

Wed., 4/11 – Steak Dinner – 6pm – FLC (tickets are $3)

***ENCOURAGER TRAINING: Wed. evening, 4/4; 6:30pm; Rm. 129

You can direct friends to ENCOUNTER info on our church web site here.

 

This week, 4/4: Chapter 9

Chapter 8 concluded with an angel shouting, “Woe! Woe! Woe (grief; terror; judgment is coming) to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!”

Chapter 9 begins with the first of the three trumpet blasts which signals the opening of the “bottomless pit/abyss”, where imprisoned demons have dwelt since ancient times.  The ensuing events on sinful mankind are terrifying.

Of Note: these types of passages are not the “nice, warm-fuzzy” passages we enjoy reading.  But, nonetheless, they must be preached, read and studied.  19th century, British pastor, Charles Spurgeon, once told his congregation:

“My friends, my natural love for you makes me wish that I could preach only pleasant things to you, but…I dare not preach a soft gospel.”

Further, never forget: God promised in chapter 1, verse 3 –

“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” 

No doubt, one of the “blessings” is that reading Revelation serves as a blasting siren, warning all who have not yet placed their faith in the Lamb.

Join me.  6:30pm.  BHBC Worship Center, April 4th.

NOTE: ***No Revelation study next Wed., 4/11, due to ENCOUNTER.

 

A SCIENTIST LISTS EVIDENCE FOR THE RESURRECTION

Dr. S. Joshua Swamidass; Washington University School of Medicine

I thought this would serve as a wonderful follow-up to Easter Sunday.  Enjoy.  Read the article here.

 

***THE ELEVATOR IS OUT OF SERVICE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.***

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All is going according to schedule.  By the time construction is completed we’ll have 16,000 additional square feet, comprising 14 new classrooms.

As you can see when you drive by, the exterior is coming along quickly on both the north and south sides of the building.  Regarding the interior, the rooms are beginning to take shape as the crew continues to nail & screw the studs into place.  Photos of the new rooms on the first floor would be confusing.  But the following photos will help give you an idea of the all the progress being made.

Hallway connecting FLC to Commons (view from FLC doors)

Newly built west stairwell (not usable yet)

South exterior (54th st.)

South Exterior (54th st.) – if you stretch the photo you can see all the metal studs that have been put in place throughout the second floor.

North exterior (53rd st.) – Note that the new AC units have been installed on the new roof.

 

This is not a “seminar”; it is a class with a hands-on environment designed to teach church safety officers the basic requirements of the job.

Who should attend?  Church safety leadership; potential church safety leadership; greeters; ushers; church staff

Cost: $35

Sat., April 28th; 8am-1pm

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

This week’s quote is short & sweet.  Sometimes we just need to be reminded…

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Actual statements made in a court of law…

 

Attorney: What is the date of your birth?

Witness: July 18th.

Attorney: What year?

Witness: Every year.

 

Attorney: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?

Witness:  He’s 20, very close to your IQ.

 

And a bonus…

 

GRACE NOTES:  The Rise & Fall a Nation

Very short.  Will take you less than a minute to read.  Access the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

MUSIC NOTES: 3.27.18

 *** EASTER SUNDAY THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 1st! ***

 

THIS SATURDAY, March 31st:

Special Easter weekend worship service: 5pm

The purpose for this service is to help provide room for all the larger-than-usual crowds on Easter Sunday.

 

THIS SUNDAY, April 1st:

Choir:  Arise, My Love

Preacher: Jason (primary text: 1 Corinthians 15)

 

MEDICAL ACCOUNT OF THE CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS CHRIST

Wed., March 28th, 6:30pm; BHBC Worship Center

We’re putting the Revelation study on “pause” for one week.

In today’s modern church culture, believers are inclined to respect, yet avoid, the graphic brutality of the scourging and crucifixion of Christ.  In short, the price for our redemption was immeasurable.  And most of us would just as soon prefer to look away.

Placing emphasis on the importance of understanding the price God paid, Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” 

Jesus, while transforming the Old Testament Passover meal, by introducing God’s new covenant through Christ’s blood, into the what we commonly refer to as the Lord’s Supper, was clear when he used the broken bread as a metaphor for his broken body, and the wine as his blood shed for us, and said, “remember me.

Please consider joining me this Wed. evening as we obey our Lord’s command and – remember…

 

Wed., evening, at 6:30pm, just prior to the study cited immediately above, our church will vote on the 2018-2019 BHBC Budget.

 

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE

Read my review here.

PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST

I have not yet seen this one but am planning on seeing it this coming weekend.  Matt Walsh writes a solid review of the movie here.

In way of further study of the life of Paul, allow me to recommend biographer, John Pollock’s, “The Apostle.” Also, N.T. Wright just published his book, “Paul.” I’ve read Pollock’s book (it’s wonderful), but not Wright’s – yet. 🙂

 

BEAR MILLS PODCAST

Recently I met Bear Mills after he attended a talk I gave at Lake Ridge Chapel titled, “The Suicide Epidemic: Awareness & Intervention.”

He contacted me shortly afterward, told me about his podcast on iHeart Radio which is heard all over the world, and asked if he could quote me on an upcoming talk he titled, “Lifting the Rug” (as opposed to those thorny topics we commonly “sweep under the rug.”)  I listened (it’s about 25 minutes) and was impressed with Bear’s ability to articulate his thoughts clearly as well as follow a very logical progression.

He talks a great deal about depression.  Interested?  You can access the podcast here.

 

ON THE VERY NEAR HORIZON

Encounter is April 8-11!

Sun., 4/8 – regular morning schedule; Evening service begins at 6pm

Mon – Wed Evenings – 7pm

Special Events during the week:

Mon., 4/9 – Men’s Lunch – noon – FLC  (lunch is provided free of charge)

Tues., 4/10 – Women’s Lunch – noon – FLC  (lunch is provided free of charge)

Wed., 4/11 – Steak Dinner – 6pm – FLC

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  The Discipleship of the Mind

For anyone who would dismiss theological study as boring, uninteresting and dry.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 3.20.18

 

THIS SUNDAY:  3/25 (Palm Sunday)

Choir:  At Calvary

Preacher:  Jason  (primary text cited above)

 

This Wednesday evening, 3/21; 6:30pm; BHBC Worship Center

For anyone still needing clarification or needing to ask a question about the proposed 2018-2019 budget.

The Q & A session – as a large group – will last only 20 minutes so the Wed. evening Revelation study can commence at 6:50pm.  Should anyone have further questions after the allotted 20 minutes, Jason will be in the Commons to answer any and all concerns and/or questions.

 

Pray the Jones – Sunday, March 25th; 5-7pm

In addition to the larger prayer event at Jones/AT&T Stadium, we will host a simultaneous prayer meeting here at BHBC for those who can’t – or prefer not to – attend the event at the stadium. It doesn’t matter where we pray – only that we doBHBC event is same evening.  Same time.

 

PHYSICAL EVIDENCE SUPPORTING BIBLICAL EVENTS & INDIVIDUALS

I thought this was a wonderful resource for any Christian.  As I’ve often stated, the evidence for the Bible being true is overwhelming.  This resource is a little lengthy – but a fantastic resource for your files.  Access the article here.

 

PALM SUNDAY: March 25th

This Sunday, 3/25, we will focus on “Friday” – the Cross & the cost God paid to be reconciled to you and me.

From Oswald Chamber’s My Utmost for His Highest:

The heart of salvation is the Cross of Christ. The reason salvation is so easy to obtain is that it cost God so much. The Cross was the place where God and sinful man merged with a tremendous collision and where the way to life was opened. But all the cost and pain of the collision was absorbed by the heart of God.

1 Peter 2:24…

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

In the cross, God didn’t bring the sacrifice. He became the sacrifice.

 

This week: Chapter 8

After the “parenthesis” of chapter 7, we return to the wrath of God on a rebellious world with the opening of the seventh seal – which includes the seven trumpet judgments.  Join me.  6:30pm.  BHBC Worship Center.  3/28.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

This is classic…

Bonus…

 

ON THE NEAR HORIZON

Encounter is April 8-11!

Sun., 4/8 – regular morning schedule; Evening service begins at 6pm

Mon – Wed Evenings – 7pm

Special Events during the week:

Mon., 4/9 – Men’s Lunch – noon – FLC

Tues., 4/10 – Women’s Lunch – noon – FLC

Wed., 4/11 – Steak Dinner – 6pm – FLC

 

GRACE NOTES:  Where Do You Go When You Die?

This is not merely a question of interest within the church community.  The question above was the title of an article in Newsweek Magazine recently.  I found several statements of great interest – and discovered there is growing mainstream opinion as to the biblical doctrine of life after death.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 3.6.18

spring-forward-clock

DON’T FORGET:  Set your clocks AHEAD one hour Saturday night.

 

THIS SUNDAY, 3/11

Choir:  Before the Throne of God Above

Preacher: Jason (Matthew 7:13-14)

NOTE: (1) No mid-week rehearsals during Spring Break, 3/14. (2) SonShiner Choir will sing in place of Adult Choir on Sun., 3/11.

 

THE SUICIDE EPIDEMIC: AWARENESS & INTERVENTION

I’ve been asked to lead this talk Tuesday evening, 3/6, at Lake Ridge Chapel; 82nd & Iola.  They are expecting a large crowd.  If you know someone who might benefit from this presentation please let them know about it.  We begin at 5:30 and conclude at 6:30pm.

KCBD interviewed me, Joyce Rowe, and another parent who’s lost a child to suicide yesterday (Monday) on their Facebook Live page.  At noon today,  (Tuesday) it had been visited 19,000 times with 600 comments.  This is indicative of number of people who have been, in some way, affected by suicide.

 

WISDOM FROM BILLY GRAHAM (This is priceless)

 

EVERY CHRISTIAN IS A “THEOLOGIAN”

“Theology” simply means “the study of God.” That means all believers are theologians – or, at least, should be.  Not necessarily academics or scholars i.e. those who’ve made a career out of studying the Bible. But, nonetheless, we’re all biblically commanded to be theologians.

I ran across a wonderful article on this topic this past week.  You can access the article here.

From the article:

“Laypeople have no biblical warrant (argument) to leave the duty of doctrine (a set of beliefs) up to pastors and professors alone.”

From the Bible:

“Study and do your best to present yourself to God…accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

By the way, Paul’s instruction to Timothy above was a command, not a suggestion.

 

Week 8 – Chapter 7

Chapter 7 forms a parenthesis, of sorts, between the opening of the sixth and seventh seals.  Join me. 6:30pm; BHBC worship center. (All previous classes are readily available to watch on Bacon Heights’ Facebook page.)

 

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE – In theaters March 16th

 

Pray the Jones – Sunday, March 25th; 5-7pm

In addition to the larger prayer event at Jones/AT&T Stadium, we will host a simultaneous prayer meeting here at BHBC for those who can’t – or prefer not to – attend the event at the stadium. It doesn’t matter where we pray – only that we do.  Same evening.  Same time.

 

Encounter is April 8-11!

Sun., 4/8 – regular morning schedule; Evening service begins at 6pm

Mon – Wed Evenings – 7pm

Special Events during the week:

Mon., 4/9 – Men’s Lunch – noon – FLC

Tues., 4/10 – Women’s Lunch – noon – FLC

Wed., 4/11 – Steak Dinner – 6pm – FLC

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

And I remember making mud pies. I always had an extra slice. 🙂

And a Bonus:

The Difference Between “Complete” and “Finished” (sage advice for men)

If you find the right woman – you’re complete.

If you find the wrong woman – you’re finished.

If the right woman finds you with the wrong woman – you’re completely finished.

 

GRACE NOTES:  Drawing Near to God – And What it Cost Him

And the veil was torn in two….  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

For those who were unable to make the meeting last night (2/28) – and for those who were there but may need clarification.

The Music/Pastoral Care Search Team, chairman, Larry Vialle, presented the following report.  I’m sharing info below in brief “bullet-points”.  Upon request, you are absolutely welcome to see a copy of the exact report.  Here is what was presented:

After much prayer and discussion the Search Team voted to modify the model of our original search objective. This was influenced by the following reasons: 

  1. It was becoming increasingly clear how difficult it is to find one individual who felt a true calling to all of the pastoral roles included in the job description of “Associate Pastor of Worship & Pastoral Care” i.e. proficient in choral rehearsals & directing, worship leading skills in both traditional & contemporary genres, Sr. Adult ministry, and hospital/nursing home visitation.
  2. By dividing the role up into three separate part-time positions – and thereby making the roles more “skill-set specific” – we are able to “cast a much wider net” in our search for qualified candidates.

 

The original model has now been divided into three part-time pastoral roles.  Here are those roles:

  1. Choral director – this person will oversee and lead all aspects of our choral ministry i.e. rehearsals, leading the choir on Sunday mornings, and any musicals and/or choral presentations.  This person will not lead the music/worship in the 9:15 worship service.  Glenna Applewhite has graciously agreed to serve as our Interim Choral Director.  She begins serving on March 21st.
  2. Contemporary worship leader – this person will oversee and lead all aspects of the music/worship in the 10:45 worship service i.e. Praise Team rehearsals, worship service planning, etc.  Nick Watts will continue leading until this role is filled.
  3. Pastor of Sr. Adults & Pastoral Care – this person will oversee and lead all aspects of our Sr. Adult Ministry as well as be the primary pastor for hospital visitation (this is exactly what Truman Johnson was doing in his part-time role before he retired.)  Tom Heath has graciously agreed to serve as our Interim Sr. Adult/Pastoral Care Pastor.
  4. NOTE:  The Choral Director & Contemporary Worship Leader will report directly to the Pastor of Ministries, Nick Watts.

 

So, if the Choral director is not leading the music/worship in the 9:15 service, who is?

  1. Well,… Nick Watts will continue this role on a permanent basis – until he dies, I guess.  Or we decide to do something different sometime down the line. 🙂  (I am filled with joy to be able to continue leading musically in this small capacity.)

 

Why did the church not need to vote on this?

  1. Simply, because all three roles will be part-time.  The BHBC Bylaws – discussed and voted on by the entire church – clearly state that all part-time positions are to be interviewed and hired by our Personnel Team.
  2. Since the Personnel Team comprises the Search Team this was a seamless process.

 

Was this a unanimous decision by the Search/Personnel Team?

  1. 100%.  Not only was it unanimous – it was excitedly unanimous.  This team is not afraid to voice their opinions, regardless of whether they’re in the majority, or not.  In other words, no member of this Search Team is going to sit silently and allow someone else’s idea to be imposed on them.  That said, as discussion ensued, there was not a single doubt from the team about this modified model being exactly what would best benefit BHBC.  They are strongly and happily unified.
  2. The BHBC pastoral staff is also strongly unified.  This model change was presented last week in Staff Meeting.  Not one concern was voiced.  On the contrary, there was much excitement.

 

Will this new model of hiring three part-time pastors be more expensive than the original model?

  1. Nope.  Not only does it not cost more – it costs less.
  2. Since those working part-time do not require us to fund medical insurance or retirement, we are actually coming in under the original estimated budget associated with the original model.

 

When will this transition take place?

  1. The roles of the Choral Director and Sr. Adult/Pastoral Care leaders take place almost immediately since qualified interims were quickly found to serve while we search for permanent leaders.
  2. It is not necessary to find an interim for the Contemporary Worship Leader since Nick will continue to cover this responsibility until that candidate is found.   Of course, since this particular role of Contemporary Worship leader now comes with a specific, focused skill-set we could very well find someone sooner than later.
  3. To answer this question specifically, though, the transition will gradually take place as all three roles become filled.

 

Do we now have candidates for these new roles?

  1. Not really.  Again, we only made this public yesterday evening.
  2. Please – if you know someone who might well fill one of these roles contact Larry Vialle or the church office!

 

Final Word:

Please lift this Search Team to Christ.  May we be sensitive, always, to His leadership and guidance.  My friends, you can trust this Team.  We are all eager to find the people who Christ has already chosen – but, do not worry, there is no panic among the Team to simply “fill a position.” We will take as long as necessary to find God’s leaders for BHBC.

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. 

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

 

MUSIC NOTES: 2.27.28

Whether we’re ready for it or not – March is here.  Remember when we had winter?  Me neither.

 

This Sunday, March 4th

Choir:  Lord of My Life

Preacher: Jason (complete primary text: Matthew 18:21-35)

 

THIS WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28th, at 6:30, BHBC Worship Center; our Search Team will give a report to our church regarding their search.

You need to be there.

If you’re not there – and you find out later what was said – you’ll regret you missed it.

 

Week 7, What Have We Learned So Far?

It’s been almost 2 months since we began diving into the deep end of the book of Revelation.  We’ve studied a ton of content and it’s time to take a look back.  Join me Wed. evening at 6:30 as we review the underpinning truths we learned so far in Ch’s 1-5.  If you’ve not yet had a chance to attend, this is a perfect time to begin joining us.  nw

 

MAJOR BIBLICAL DISCOVERY: Archaeologists may have found the Prophet Isaiah’s ‘signature’

Also note later in the article the number of recent archaeological discoveries that continue to support the Bible’s historicity.

NOTE: not a single discovery to date has contradicted the Bible.  Read the article here.

 

THE IMPACT of a SINGLE LIFE

Don’t think what you do matters?  You never know about the harvest that may result from your love and kindness and your willingness to share your faith.

Thank you, Edward Kimball, for simply being faithful to serve the Lord.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

GRACE NOTES:  The Joy of Helping the Hurting

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

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