THIS SUNDAY, 8/17
NO CHOIR THIS SUNDAY (see below)
PREACHER: Jim Gerlt
This weekend, I will be in Glorieta, NM, helping lead a Men’s Retreat for Paramount Baptist Church in Amarillo, TX. KENNETH WOOD will lead the music in the 9:15 service. And the BHBC YOUTH will lead in the 10:45 service.
AUGUST 27TH! Adult Choir Rehearsal Resumes!
NEW MUSIC – A LOT OF IT! AND IT’S AWESOME!
Last week, I ordered 19 new pieces of music for our choir! We resume rehearsals on Aug. 27th! Bring someone with you.
MERRY CHRISTMAS 🙂
Like we did a few years back with “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”, we’re doing a BIG musical this coming Christmas. The musical is called, “For Unto Ya’ll: A Cowboy Christmas”. Performance dates: Dec. 6 & 7.
KELSIE WATTS MINI-CONCERT – LABOR DAY SUNDAY MORNING! (8/31)
I’ll post this again a few days prior, but i simply wanted to let you know our angel is flying in from Nashville, TN, Labor Day Weekend, and will be singing at BHBC on Sunday morning, 8/31, in both worship services. You’re ALL invited! (I haven’t talked to her yet, but I’m personally calling this the “Jesus says, ‘I’ve Got This,’ Tour”. :))
A VERY BRIEF THEOLOGY OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP MUSIC
MILLENNIALS WARN CHURCHES AGAINST CATERING TO THEIR GENERATION
EXCELLENT blog by the Associated Baptist Press. Having done my own due diligence, research, interviews, etc., I already knew this. But, it was rewarding to see it in print. Enjoy.
NINE REASONS PEOPLE AREN’T SINGING IN WORSHIP
I agree with every single word.
WHY THE OLD HYMNS NOT ONLY STILL MATTER, BUT ARE VITAL TO OUR WORSHIP
The following was sent to me by a Youth Pastor friend of mine in the DFW area:
Hi Nick, I came across the statement below in a parenthetical paragraph about doctrine being passed down through hymns (a practice you know stems from the NT). The book is written for High School grads & college freshmen. As a side note, they challenged students to read a hymnal and look at how each song presented the gospel in capsule. Here’s the quote: “Did you know, by the way, that the hymns of the church throughout history were intended primarily for that purpose — to teach and reinforce sound doctrine? … These songs weren’t just to dance to. They were to learn from.”
THE LATE GREAT ROBIN WILLIAMS
He was one of my favorites.
SHOULD A CHRISTIAN BAKE A CAKE FOR A SAME-SEX WEDDING?
“FOLLOW ME,” SAID THE BLIND MAN TO HIS BLIND FRIENDS
WHAT WOULD LIFE BE WITHOUT MUSIC?
HOW THE WORLD’S MOST NOTORIOUS ATHEIST CHANGED HIS MIND
British philosopher, Antony Flew, was the 20th century’s champion of atheism. When atheists couldn’t answer an argument, or felt they were losing ground, they would call on Flew.
But then Flew, a genuine thinker, made a decision that shocked the atheistic world – he changed his mind. The evidence for the existence of God, Flew discovered, was not only overwhelming, but indefensible.
Flew died in 2010. But, in 2007, he published his story of what made him change his mind. It’s fascinating (and a very hard read – I’ve had to read some pages three times.) The man was absolutely brilliant. His story provides invaluable insight into the mind of a true thinker, and former atheist.
Flew held to the Socratic maxim, “You must go where the argument/evidence leads.” I hold to this, as well. The Bereans, as recorded in Acts 17, held to this maxim as well for Luke recorded that they, “Examined the Scriptures daily to see if what Paul was teaching was true.”
Should you be interested, his book is entitled, “There is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind.” Harper One Publishing; 2007.
“Then war broke out in heaven….” (Revelation 12:7)
I just finished the best book/commentary I’ve read on this topic: “Spiritual Warfare: A Biblical & Balanced Perspective”, by Brian Borgman & Rob Ventura. By far, the best “non-commentary” piece of literature I’ve read on this topic (and those who’ve read it will, no doubt, agree with me) is C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters.
QUOTE(s) OF THE WEEK
“My friends, it is one thing to go to church or chapel; it is quite another thing to go to God.” 19th century, British pastor, Charles Spurgeon
“Christians, too, belong not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the midst of enemies.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer (I’m reminded of a moment when a student of mine was telling me about her new part-time job. She bemoaned, “I’m the only Christian there!” My one-word reply: “Perfect.”)
“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” Mark Twain
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE: From the lips of Robin Williams….
“Never pick a fight with an ugly person, they’ve got nothing to lose.”
“We’ve had cloning in the South for years. It’s called cousins.”
“Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves?”
GRACE NOTES: “A Literal Picture of Grace So Amazing”
We cannot possibly overestimate the power of forgiveness.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick