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



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



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.



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)



“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





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.



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.




GRACE NOTES:  The Joy of Helping the Hurting

Read the blog here.


Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 2.20.18


This Sunday, Feb. 25th

Choir – Every Praise

Preacher – Jason (primary text: Romans 12:15-21; two familiar vss from that text are listed for you above)


Wed. evening, 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.



I’ve resisted posting about the massacre in Florida until recently as there is no shortage of postings.

There is much to say. There is nothing to say.

You want to scream. You find yourself unable to speak.

Those who quickly politicize the tragedy are foolish and near-sighted.

This is first and foremost a problem, not of gun-control, but of the human condition.

To be clear: I am a strong advocate of the 2nd Amendment.  And I am also one who strongly believes the gun laws in our nation are deeply flawed, need changing, and, presently, are not at all what our nation’s founders had in mind.


Don’t be fooled – stricter firearm regulations would in no way curb mass killings. One blogger put it best:

When evil wants guns, evil will find guns.

Just as deranged individuals can illegally assemble explosives, or drive vehicles into crowds of people, they can – and will – acquire firearms they desire.

The human condition of evil and outright depravity is nothing new. Throughout history, psychopaths have done their bidding.  Some 600 years before Christ would be born, Jeremiah wrote, The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick…”

Theologically, since the day Adam forfeited the management of earth to Satan in Genesis 3, evil has reigned. (Keep in mind, in Matthew 4 & Luke 4, when Satan told Jesus he would give Jesus the kingdoms of the world if Jesus would but bow down and worship him – which Jesus refused – Jesus did not dispute Satan’s claim of his temporary ownership of planet earth. Paul called Satan “the god of this world.” John wrote that “whole world is under the control of the evil one.”) This is precisely why Christ allowed himself to suffer Roman execution, and why he is returning to redeem what is rightfully his. Until that final consummation by the risen King, evil will continue to reign.

And, by the way, for those who would snap, “Why would God let Satan have control of earth??” This was mankind’s decision when we, in essence, in Gen 3, told God to “shove off.”

But God could not contain his love for even a rebellious mankind – even when we had him murdered on a cross outside Jerusalem. “But God so loved…” still.

So, in sum, guns are inanimate, and therefore not the problem. The blame falls squarely on the fallen condition of mankind. I’ve seen the posts claiming “we don’t need ‘thoughts and prayers – we need gun control.”

Dear friends – we need both.

Congress and the public can debate more strict gun laws while we, simultaneously, lift to Heaven the hearts of the grieving parents and loved ones who are suffering unspeakable pain.

Maranatha – Come, Lord Jesus, nick


Week 6, Chapter 6: Approaching Hoof-beats – the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

The seals are opened and the furious judgment of a holy, righteous God upon a sinful, rebellious world commences.  Join me, nw





I saw this the other day on social media and quickly found myself laughing. Loudly. In an otherwise quiet coffee shop.  Only 2 1/2 minutes.  (By the way, if there’s any way I can learn these dance moves – watch out.) Enjoy…


GRACE NOTES:  The Valley of Vision

As I was preparing to leave for rural Indiana for a mission trip while in college, I visited with a friend who had, the year before, done mission work in the same church I was about to visit.  He looked at me and said, “The pastor of that church is an amazing man – I’ve rarely heard someone pray like he does. Pray with that man.”  I did. This week’s Grace Notes takes us back to the time of the Puritans.  The depth and fervency of their prayers will encourage and inspire you.  Read the blog here.


Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

MUSIC NOTES: 2.13.18


THIS SUNDAY, Feb. 11th

Choir:  Shine on Us

Preacher:  Jason

NOTENO REHEARSAL this week for, both, Adult Choir and Praise Team due to the Valentine holiday.  However, I will still teach at 6:30pm for those able to attend this week’s class on Revelation.  (see below for more info)


First of all – there is no news to share at this time. (Sorry!) But I did want to assure you of a couple of things: 

  1. The people you voted to serve on the Search Team “get it.” I have been given the privilege of attending every meeting and have been impressed with their desire to “not settle,” but rather to take whatever time necessary to find the person Christ has set apart for this role in our church.  They are 100% unified in this conviction.
  2. In addition, I have enjoyed and appreciated the team’s honesty, humility and willingness to boldly share individual convictions.  Simply put, there are zero “yes men” on this team.

The team, chaired by Larry Vialle, is working prayerfully and diligently.  Lift them to Christ!  nw



A dear friend sent me this photo (below) over the weekend. I must confess – when I saw it my heart leapt within my chest as it helped remind me how my son, Jordan, may have very well spent his first moments when he entered Paradise.

For everyone who has lost a loved one – know this: they don’t miss us.   And they would never want to return to this fallen, corrupt planet. Because of the Cross and the Empty Tomb they are right now experiencing unfathomable joy and peace.

A reunion is coming… nw


The 5th chapter of Revelation has a special meaning in my life.  I’ll explain why on Wed. evening, Feb. 14th, at 6:30.  Additionally, we’ll join the disciple, John, in the throne room of heaven as supernatural drama unfolds in the moments leading up to God unleashing his righteous judgment on a sinful, rebellious world.  Join me as we continue mining the scriptures and discovering what God has to tell us through this fascinating book.  nw


Lots of pics!  Here we go….

Exterior framing began going up this past week

This week, sheet-rock is going up (it’s beginning to “take shape”)

View of first floor from inside our main hallway (sorry – had to take the pics through a very dirty window 🙂 )

Views of top floor framing from northwest, and south parking lot

Basement hallway (childrens ministry area); view from the west

Huge basement classroom (where the lower courtyard used to be); view from west, then from east

New washer & dryer in a newly remodeled area of the Preschool Ministry




“Some people want to live within the sound of chapel bells; but I want to run a mission a yard from the gates of hell.”  Steve Camp, Run to the Battle



For those who may be unaware – there has been a moronic trend among teens to eat Tide Pods.  It’s been dubbed the Tide Pod Challenge.  Many have been rushed to their local ER.  I saw this meme last week that was written, obviously, for all the mental giants choosing to consume laundry detergent. (I clearly remember eating dirt as a kid – but never laundry detergent.) 🙂


GRACE NOTES:  He’s Not a Tame Lion

Behold Jesus Christ: the wild, terrifying, untamable Lion of Judah.

Read the blog here.


Soli Deo Gloria, Nick



THIS SUNDAY, Feb. 11th

Choir:  My Soul Longs for Jesus

Preacher:  Jim Gerlt



Sgt. Steven Bergen with the Lubbock Police Dept. will be joining us this Sunday evening, Feb. 11th, at 5pm for a brief presentation about the Lubbock homeless population and how we can best minister to them.  For more info about the LPD’s Homeless Outreach Team (HOT), click here.


Unlike the more-often-than-not “ceo mentality/top-down/driven by insecurity” model we sadly find in many church leaders, the following quote posted by a close friend of mine is, in my opinion, spot-on:

“A godly leader finds strength by realizing his weakness, finds authority by being under authority, finds direction by laying down his own plans, finds vision by seeing the needs of others, finds credibility by being an example, finds loyalty by expressing compassion, finds honor by being faithful, finds greatness by being a servant.” —Roy Lessin

I’ve always believed that “in order to lead/teach you must first be lead-able/teachable.” Even Jim Collins in his best-seller ,Good to Great, describes the “level 5 leader” as possessing the characteristics mentioned in quote cited above.

Final thought: Within the context of church leadership – far too many men serving as pastors never learned – or ignore altogether – that the word “pastor” literally means “shepherd” (not ceo). I’ve shared the following wisdom with young pastors so many times I’ve lost count.  I heard a preacher say it years ago, “Always remember: sheep are led, not driven.”



And a bonus…

“The only hope for this country is God. I don’t have any faith in the Republican Party. I don’t have any faith in the Democrat Party. The only hope for this nation is God.” (Franklin Graham in recent interview)





GRACE NOTES:  The Holy Who?

Southern Baptists tend to be a bit in the “biblical dark” about the Holy Spirit.  We shouldn’t be.  Read the blog here.


Soli Deo Gloria, Nick




Choir:  Lord, I Need You

Preacher:  Jason (Haggai 1:1-2:1)


UPDATE:  Most recent estimated date of completion is August.

Was able to tour the progress on the 2nd floor (3rd floor if you include basement).  Here are a few pics:

Looking southwest toward Slide Rd…

Looking due west…

Looking northwest toward 53rd.  This wide-angle view helps give some perspective as to just how huge this addition is going to be. (And an enormous amount of square footage is still not within view in this photo.)

Looking northwest.  A closer view.  The AC units will be moved to the roof and the unfinished floor will be filled with concrete to match the side facing 54th St.

Basement.  Where the lower courtyard used to be located, adjacent to Childrens Ministry area.  Ceiling will be left “exposed’ and painted black, which is common in many restaurants to give that “industrial feel.”  We’ve also considered making this room a dance floor.  Just kidding.  Sort of.



Before wading into the “what will be” section of Revelation (which commences in chapter 4), this week we finish up the “things that are” with Jesus’ letters to the 7 churches of ancient Asia Minor.  Of the seven letters, three remain in chapter 3: Sardis, Philadephia (not the one in Pennsylvania), and Laodicea.   These letters are pregnant with timeless lessons and warnings for the church of modern day. Join me, nw



On those who irresponsibly preach about Christ’s second coming (setting dates; arrogantly dogmatic in the position they hold regarding yet-to-happen prophetic events; etc)…

“I am sure the devil hates the teaching of the Lord’s [second] coming by the crack-pots he’s sent to preach about it.” Late 19th century Boston pastor, Dr. A.J. Gordon

My objective during our Wed. evening study together is to simply exposit the scriptures as well as share my conviction when necessary for helpful biblical interpretation.  But, most of all, I pray that the Holy Spirit ignites such a hunger in you for His Word that you, on your own, do the hard work of wrestling with these passages in a responsible manner.  nw



Her:  I’m exhausted. I was up until 4am with the baby.

Him:  It’s probably not good to keep a baby up that late.  (That’s how the fight started)


Frustration is trying to find your glasses – without your glasses.


GRACE NOTES:  Lean on Me (The gospel according to Bill Withers)

Read the blog (and listen to the song) here.


Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

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