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Hope for the World | New Opportunities in 2016

Hope for the World | New Opportunities in 2016

“And His name will be the hope of all the world.” —Matthew 12:21 (NLT) For over ten years, the Hope for the World Missions Offering has generated millions of dollars to reach the lost and hurting around the world, the U.S., and Middle Tennessee. Brentwood Baptist Church's Missions Minister, Scott Harris, explains: The Hope for the World Missions Offering is... continue reading


Lockeland Update | Two Ways to Pray

Lockeland Update | Two Ways to Pray

On April 24 & May 1, Brentwood Baptist members voted to approve the merger of Lockeland Baptist Church in East Nashville into Brentwood Baptist Church. Since that vote, Brentwood Baptist has been working closely with the leaders and members of Lockeland to determine what’s next for this historic church.  Plans are being made for upcoming events to help build relationships... continue reading


Fighting Fear with Fear

Fighting Fear with Fear

Russ Burt   I didn’t grow up going to summer camps, Vacation Bible Schools, or judgment houses. I never had a church program incorporate the “fear of God” into my life. I had something much worse. I was raised by a strong mom. There wasn’t a person in my hometown who didn’t know when my curfew was.... continue reading


3 Ways to Pray for your Pastor (West Franklin Style)

3 Ways to Pray for your Pastor (West Franklin Style)

How can you pray for your pastor? Each church needs a leader, a pastor to guide, instruct, and equip the congregation to fulfill the mission given by Christ. In our case here at the Church at West Franklin, it is Matt Pearson (though this guide can help any person in any church). Matt is a blessing to this church directly... continue reading


“If I Had It My Way” Friday

“If I Had It My Way” Friday

Every week I come across articles that I wish every member of The Church at West Franklin would read. They include articles that teach, encourage, challenge, and help as Christ-followers. So, instead of thinking "I wish I could get the members to read this" I am going to post my weekly favorites to this site on Fridays. In other... continue reading


You Might Be a Perfect Recruit for West Franklin’s Boot Camp If. . .

You Might Be a Perfect Recruit for West Franklin’s Boot Camp If. . .

Tomorrow night Boot Camp at The Church at West Franklin officially begins. 6 pm. Fellowship ("Mess") Hall. If you are still wondering whether or not you should consider yourself an ideal recruit, consider if any of the following 20 attributes apply to you.   You Might Be a Perfect Recruit for West Franklin's Boot Camp If . . . #1. You Desire to Be a... continue reading


“If I Had It My Way” Friday!

“If I Had It My Way” Friday!

Every week I come across articles that I wish every member of The Church at West Franklin would read. They include articles that teach, encourage, challenge, and help as Christ-followers. So, instead of thinking "I wish I could get the members to read this" I am going to post my weekly favorites to this site on Fridays. In other... continue reading


Prayer Gathering - TONIGHT!!!

Prayer Gathering - TONIGHT!!!

The first 13 verses of Luke 11 consist of Jesus’ instructions on prayer. In other words, if you want to know how Jesus says to pray, read Luke 11:1-13. Though a host of implications can be drawn from this passage, I want to highlight one in particular: the last thing Jesus says in verse 13. “If you then, who are evil, know how... continue reading


“If I Had It My Way” Friday!

“If I Had It My Way” Friday!

On Wednesday night, here at The Church at West Franklin, I met with about a half dozen couples who are planning to have their child participate in our Parent-Child Dedication on August 16th in our AM worship service. When we dismissed, I wished I had done a better job of recommending some resources for their "continuing ed" on how to... continue reading


“If I Had It My Way” Friday

“If I Had It My Way” Friday

Every week I come across articles that I wish every member of The Church at West Franklin would read. They include articles that teach, encourage, challenge, and help as Christ-followers. So, instead of thinking "I wish I could get the members to read this" I am going to post my weekly favorites to this site on Fridays. In other... continue reading


Things Your Pastor Wants You to Know - Part 4

Things Your Pastor Wants You to Know - Part 4

All this week, I have tried to recap the previous 3 Sundays at The Church at West Franklin. Important, heavy, and exciting information about the future has been communicated. THIS Sunday, August 2nd, is no exception. I will be on vacation, but our very own Eric Lloyd will be preaching a message on "Hospitality" at my request. He will unpack verses... continue reading


Things Your Pastor Wants You to Know Recap - Part 3

Things Your Pastor Wants You to Know Recap - Part 3

The last 3 Sundays have been needed, exciting, yet heavy days for The Church at West Franklin. I felt it necessary to take some time and talk about the future and critical adjustments needing to happen to set us up for long-term, healthy, Gospel success. Monday, yesterday, and today I want to recap for us what I (tried!) to communicate... continue reading


Things Your Pastor Wants You to Know Recap - Part 2

Things Your Pastor Wants You to Know Recap - Part 2

The last 3 Sundays have been needed, exciting, yet heavy days for The Church at West Franklin. I felt it necessary to take some time and talk about the future and critical adjustments needing to happen to set us up for long-term, healthy, Gospel success. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow - I want to recap for us what I (tried!) to... continue reading


Things Your Pastor Wants You to Know Recap - Part 1

Things Your Pastor Wants You to Know Recap - Part 1

The last 3 Sundays have been needed, exciting, yet heavy days for The Church at West Franklin. I felt it necessary to take some time and talk about the future and critical adjustments needing to happen to set us up for long-term, healthy, Gospel success. Today, tomorrow, and Wednesday - I want to recap for us what I (tried!) to communicate... continue reading


Thank You, Father, for Pluto

Thank You, Father, for Pluto

Caitlyn Jenner wins an award for courage from a sports TV station. Planned Parenthood sells aborted "parts" for financial gain. A shooter goes crazy at a military site less than 3 hours from where I sit. Another shooter - this one a movie goer in Colorado - gets convicted of murder. And still another - one who interrupted a... continue reading


“If I Had It My Way” Friday

“If I Had It My Way” Friday

Every week I come across articles that I wish every member of The Church at West Franklin would read. They include articles that teach, encourage, challenge, and help as Christ-followers. So, instead of thinking "I wish I could get the members to read this" I am going to post my weekly favorites to this site on Fridays. In other... continue reading


Two Morning Services??? FAQ’s

Two Morning Services??? FAQ’s

Yesterday morning, in a sermon about change, I announced that beginning September 13th, 2015 (the Sunday after Labor Day weekend) - The Church at West Franklin would begin offering 2 morning worship services. Though I haven't had any questions about the change, yet (it's only Monday morning!), I want to anticipate a few to help answer curiosities you may have. #1. What times... continue reading


“If I Had It My Way” Friday

“If I Had It My Way” Friday

Every week I come across articles that I wish every member of The Church at West Franklin would read. They include articles that teach, encourage, challenge, and help as Christ-followers. So, instead of thinking "I wish I could get the members to read this" I am going to post my weekly favorites to this site on Fridays. In other... continue reading


“What Your Pastor Wants You to Know” WF Guest Edition (4 Reasons to Participate)

“What Your Pastor Wants You to Know” WF Guest Edition (4 Reasons to Participate)

This Sunday - July 12th - all Brentwood campus pastors are preaching a series entitled "What Your Pastor Wants You to Know." The title for the series on each campus will be identical. The content, however, will differ drastically. Each pastor is given the freedom to spend 4 weeks unpacking things specific for their particular campus. If you are a guest... continue reading


2 Punches to the Gut (In a Good, Joyful Kind of Way)

2 Punches to the Gut (In a Good, Joyful Kind of Way)

Do you ever have a “poor, pitiful me” attitude? I don’t, but I know several people who do. Just kidding – I tend to default to this attitude more often than I would like to admit. My wife calls me “Pitiful Pearl” to (rightly) poke fun at my ridiculous behavior when I am in one of these “moods.” I was... continue reading


“What Your Pastor Wants You to Know” WF Member Edition (4 Reasons to Participate)

“What Your Pastor Wants You to Know” WF Member Edition (4 Reasons to Participate)

This Sunday - July 12th - all Brentwood campus pastors are preaching a series entitled "What Your Pastor Wants You to Know." The title for the series on each campus will be identical. The content, however, will differ drastically. Each pastor is given the freedom to spend 4 weeks unpacking things specific for their particular campus. If you are a member... continue reading


Healing in the Waiting - REALLY??

Healing in the Waiting - REALLY??

Sunday, I had the privilege of preaching through Isaiah 40:27-31. A key point from the sermon (and I believe, the text!) was that when we go through seasons when it seems like God has abandoned us, the way to endure is to wait. I said that I believe healing comes when we really do wait on the Lord (see... continue reading


4 Life Lessons from Moving

4 Life Lessons from Moving

On Wednesday, July 1st, the Pearson family moved into a new home in Thompson's Station, TN after living in an apartment in Cool Springs (Franklin, TN) for 6 months. Of course, these 6 months have provided numerous lessons. However, the following 4 continued to crop up over and over - especially last week. #1. Listen Before You Leap Moving from one town to another,... continue reading


“If I Had it My Way” Friday

“If I Had it My Way” Friday

Every week I come across articles that I wish every member of The Church at West Franklin would read. They include articles that teach, encourage, challenge, and help as Christ-followers. So, instead of thinking "I wish I could get the members to read this" I am going to post my weekly favorites to this site on Fridays. In other... continue reading


A Position on Traditional Marriage and Help for the Christian

A Position on Traditional Marriage and Help for the Christian

Does Brentwood Baptist Church (BBC) have a statement of what we believe about traditional marriage, especially in light of the Supreme Court's recent decision on same-sex marriage? YES. Are there some helpful materials available that aid Christians in thinking through things from a biblical perspective? YES. First, let me steer you toward the website of the Ethics and Religious Liberty... continue reading


5 Take-Aways from Missions Sunday

5 Take-Aways from Missions Sunday

Yesterday was a historic day at Brentwood Baptist Church and all of her campuses. It was the first time all local, national, and international missionaries associated with Brentwood were at the same place at the same time. It was incredible! The Church at West Franklin was priviliged to host 4 different missionary "units," representing South Africa, Sweden, and Malaysia. There were... continue reading


“If I Had it My Way” Friday

“If I Had it My Way” Friday

Every week I come across articles that I wish every member of The Church at West Franklin would read. They include articles that teach, encourage, challenge, and help as Christ-followers. So, instead of thinking "I wish I could get the members to read this" I am going to post my weekly favorites to this site on Fridays. In other... continue reading


5 Questions (Reasons) This Sunday is “Must Do”

5 Questions (Reasons) This Sunday is “Must Do”

This Sunday - at all Brentwood Campuses (in the AM) and the Brentwood Campus (in the PM) - is going to be INCREDIBLE! Why? Because all missionaries that serve Jesus around the world through Brentwood are going to be with us! At The Church at West Franklin, during the LifeGroup and corporate worship hours, we have the... continue reading


3 Reasons Every Church Should Do a “VBS-Type” Ministry

3 Reasons Every Church Should Do a “VBS-Type” Ministry

Last week The Church at West Franklin "did" Vacation Bible School. As always, it is great to anticipate it and great to see it behind us. Having had a couple of days to chew on everything surrounding Vacation Bible School, I am reminded of its importance. I know not every church can (or should) try to pull off a... continue reading


“If I Had it My Way” Friday

“If I Had it My Way” Friday

Every week I come across articles that I wish every member of The Church at West Franklin would read. They include articles that teach, encourage, challenge, and help as Christ-followers. So, instead of thinking "I wish I could get the members to read this" I am going to post my weekly favorites to this site on Fridays. In other... continue reading


5 Immediately Applicable Ways to Keep You from Becoming an Inward-Focused “Christian”

5 Immediately Applicable Ways to Keep You from Becoming an Inward-Focused “Christian”

Last night, I had the incredible privilege of preaching at KAIROS at Brentwood Baptist. It was my first time to attend and, well, I had a BLAST. I taught out of Jonah 4, urging those present to join me in striving not to grow older to become an inward-focused "Christian." Below are the five ways I encouraged those at KAIROS to... continue reading


If God Knows, Why Does He Ask?

If God Knows, Why Does He Ask?

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and they hid themselves from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 So the Lord God called out to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, ... continue reading


God Orders Your Fear In Order to Re-Order Your Heart

God Orders Your Fear In Order to Re-Order Your Heart

31 Immediately Jesus reached out His hand, caught hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 Then those in the boat worshiped Him and said, “Truly You are the Son of God!” Matthew 14:31-33 God orders our fears in order... continue reading


“If I Had It My Way” Friday

“If I Had It My Way” Friday

Every week I come across articles that I wish every member of The Church at West Franklin would read. They include articles that teach, encourage, challenge, and help as Christ-followers. So, instead of thinking "I wish I could get the members to read this" I am going to post my weekly favorites to this site on Fridays. In other... continue reading


2 Ways to Stop Something that Happens “ALL the Time”

2 Ways to Stop Something that Happens “ALL the Time”

Maybe it was because I had been reading Judgment on the Front Lines. Maybe it was because I was starving. Maybe it was because I felt stupid. Maybe it was because I had 2 of my 3 kids in the car driving me crazy. Maybe it was a bit of all of the above. But I was frustrated. Although the pizza place... continue reading


3 “Pastoral” P’s Every Member Should Pursue

3 “Pastoral” P’s Every Member Should Pursue

If we aren't careful (and I intentionally use the word "we" because yours truly is chief), Sunday morning church can be all about us. What WE need. What WE want. What preferences WE have. What ways WE need ministering. All of that is fine and good and, most definitely, our corporate and small group gatherings should meet some of OUR... continue reading


Fear Not

Fear Not

I wonder if anyone reading this has omphalophobia? It is the fear of belly buttons. Really. It is . . . and it is a real fear. Or how about pogonophobia? Anyone? It is the fear of beards. Yep. Another very real fear. Perhaps you may not panic when you see a beard or notice an "outee" - but my guess is... continue reading


Auto Insurance Christianity

Auto Insurance Christianity

Recently I had the wonderful privilege of discussing with an agent about all the vast and plentiful homeowners and auto insurance options. Fun times. In the process, of course, my driving history emerged and became a topic of conversation. He asked me about the fender bender that happened a year and a half ago that was, yes, my fault. And,... continue reading


A Picture is Worth a Thousand Reminders

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Reminders

I guess in some sense, it shouldn’t be so. I mean, why in the world would anyone need to be reminded of the greatest gift ever received? If someone randomly gave me a million dollars, I don’t think I would ever forget it (and, by the way, if the Lord so leads – I will be forever grateful). There... continue reading


Ten Summer Reading Recommendations

Ten Summer Reading Recommendations

I heart reading. I really heart reading during the summer. On the porch. On the couch. By the pool. By the beach. Before bed. Listening when I go for a walk. Listening when driving down the road. I love to gain information and entertainment from books. If you are always looking for a new and good read, let me recommend... continue reading


What?? No Wednesday Nights in the Summer! 5 Reasons Why

What?? No Wednesday Nights in the Summer! 5 Reasons Why

Yes. It is true. The Church at West Franklin will not have "normal" Wednesday night activities during the summer months (end of May, June, July, and beginning of August). I know, I know. Makes me sad, too. However, there are reasons for this. Below are the top 5: #1. EVERYONE needs a break. Those who work with children & students especially; but... continue reading


Budget Advice for the NearlyWeds

Budget Advice for the NearlyWeds

Recently, I was asked to offer some financial budgeting tips to a couple preparing for marriage. Below are some highlights . . . Jesus said, "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:21). Translation: Money is a big deal and a HUGE thermometer for your heart. It reveals what you most value. Recent research has shown that... continue reading


A Prayer Gathering

A Prayer Gathering

Why should you come tonight to The Church at West Franklin's Prayer Gathering? Because prayer isn't the "set up" to reach our family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers for Jesus . . . Prayer IS the work! We are guaranteed eternal fruit for our those with whom with live, work, and play - when we PRAY. Consider these texts: Matthew 9:37-38 37 Then He... continue reading


Take-Aways from a Gospel Conversation

Take-Aways from a Gospel Conversation

The following is a portion of a conversation I had with a 25 year old single man from Hyderabad, India yesterday afternoon: Me: "What do you do?" Guy from Hyderabad (GFH): "I work at Vanderbilt. . . .today was my first day." Me: "That's great!" GFH: "What do you do? Do you work?" Me: "I am a teacher." GFH: "Wow! What kind... continue reading


Praying Yesterday’s Sermon

Praying Yesterday’s Sermon

The following is a prayer based on the sermon I preached yesterday from Hebrews 4:14-16:   Father, I come to You boldly as an undeserved sinner. I come as a child because of the One with and in whose Name I come - Jesus. You have seen fit to have me, my family, and the church I ... continue reading


Helping a Second Grader Defend His Faith

Helping a Second Grader Defend His Faith

"Hey dad, one of my friends at school today said the gods in India are real and live gods." So said my eight year old (Seth) on the way home from flag football practice. A boy in his second grade class, from India and obviously a Hindu, told his buddies all about the reality of his gods. Though I... continue reading


The Difference is The Shepherd

The Difference is The Shepherd

We’re all sheep. The difference is the Shepherd. Or, perhaps I should say it like this: We’re all sheep. The difference is whether or not we have a shepherd. Matthew tells us Jesus was grieved when He looked out at the crowds because He saw them as “sheep without a shepherd” (9:37). A few verses later, however, we read... continue reading


What Does It Look Like When Making Disciples is Your Chief Priority?

What Does It Look Like When Making Disciples is Your Chief Priority?

Taking my cue from what Jesus said to Peter and Andrew in Matthew 4:19, Sunday morning I said  a main way you can know whether or not you are following Jesus is to ask yourself if your chief priority is making disciples. Jesus said very plainly that following Him would mean becoming a "fisher of people." In other words, following... continue reading


“Who Are We?” What Makes The Church at West Franklin Distinct?

“Who Are We?” What Makes The Church at West Franklin Distinct?

Distinct. Every church is. There is something different about every single congregation. Something different from their history that separates them. Something they desire to be in the future that separates them. No church is exactly like another. Yes, that includes those larger churches who have regional campuses. The Church at Avenue South is different from The... continue reading


Guaranteed to Get a Good Return

Guaranteed to Get a Good Return

It's April 15th - Tax Day. If you are reading this, hopefully you have already filed and checking your on-line bank account every night to see if the huge return has been deposited. Regardless of whether or not you are getting a return from Uncle Sam, I can guarantee a HUGE return on your time if you... continue reading


West Franklin Planted. . . Brentwood Watered. . . God Grows

West Franklin Planted. . . Brentwood Watered. . . God Grows

 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 1 Corinthians 3:6 Monday I wrote about how members at West Franklin Baptist Church died to themselves, faced reality by becoming The Church at West Franklin, and just experienced over a 100% increase in Easter attendance in just one year. Had they not fallen into the ground and died (like a grain... continue reading


Unless a Grain of Wheat Dies

Unless a Grain of Wheat Dies

I assure you: Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains by itself. But if it dies, it produces a large crop. John 12:24 Jesus said it would happen. A large crop cannot be produced unless seeds go into the ground and die. Unless death happens, life cannot really begin. But when death does happen -... continue reading


Fifth of Five Reasons to Bring Someone With You on Easter Sunday

Fifth of Five Reasons to Bring Someone With You on Easter Sunday

#5. LOVE Why should you invite and/or bring someone with you to The Church at West Franklin this Sunday? I want to give you five good reasons, a different one every day this week (click for the first, second, third, and fourth reasons). Contrary to what most Southern Baptist's may say, LOVE (not reason #3) is the most important... continue reading


Fourth of Five Reasons to Bring Someone With You On Easter Sunday

Fourth of Five Reasons to Bring Someone With You On Easter Sunday

#4. Follow-Up Why should you invite and/or bring someone with you to The Church at West Franklin this Sunday? I want to give you five good reasons, a different one every day this week (click for the first, second, and third reasons). The fourth reason you should invite someone is simply because ample opportunities for them to come... continue reading


Third of Five Reasons to Bring Someone With You Easter Sunday

Third of Five Reasons to Bring Someone With You Easter Sunday

#3. Do-NUTS Why should you invite and/or bring someone with you to The Church at West Franklin this Sunday? I want to give you five good reasons, a different one every day this week (click for the first and second reasons). The third reason is a biggie for Baptists. It's huge. Actually, it's part of the reason many of... continue reading


Second of Five Reasons to Bring Someone With You Easter Sunday

Second of Five Reasons to Bring Someone With You Easter Sunday

#2. Extra Space Why should you invite and/or bring someone with you to The Church at West Franklin this Sunday? I want to give you five good reasons, a different one every day this week (click here to see the first). The second reason is because there will be extra space for you and your guest. This will be... continue reading


First of Five Reasons to Bring Someone With You Easter Sunday

First of Five Reasons to Bring Someone With You Easter Sunday

#1. Easy Easter Why should you invite and/or bring someone with you to The Church at West Franklin this Sunday? I want to give you five good reasons, a different one every day this week.  First,  it simply will not get any easier for you to invite someone to church. Though our culture is getting more and... continue reading


5 Take Aways from Pastor Mike’s Vision

5 Take Aways from Pastor Mike’s Vision

On Wednesday Night, March 11th, Pastor Mike Glenn walked The Church at West Franklin through the Vision and Mission he has for Middle Tennessee. I had heard it before. Most of those attending - I assume - had heard it before. But every time I hear him talk about it - I get fired up. It's why I moved here.... continue reading


5 Reasons to Be at The Church at West Franklin THIS Wednesday - March 11th

5 Reasons to Be at The Church at West Franklin THIS Wednesday - March 11th

Wednesday night is going to be an incredible night at The Church at West Franklin. It's going to be lots of fun and very important. Here are 5 reasons why: #1. Mike Glenn Will Be Speaking The Senior Pastor for Brentwood Baptist Church will be here, addressing The Church at West Franklin and sharing his heart. Enough said. There really doesn't even... continue reading


Rebuke a Wise Man?

Rebuke a Wise Man?

I don't like the thought of needing to rebuke a wise person. Honestly, I haven't ever considered it before. . . didn't think I needed to. But a closer look at some verses in Proverbs 9 adjusts my thinking a bit: 8 Don’t rebuke a mocker, or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. 9 Instruct... continue reading


Help! I Just Read 1 John 5! Now What?

Help! I Just Read 1 John 5! Now What?

Sunday was Part 2 in a 6 week series through 1 John called "Love As Our Witness." Both weeks I have encouraged and challenged The Church at West Franklin to read through 1 John every week of the series. If you do this, you will have read through the book of 1 John 6 times!!!! This week, I would like to... continue reading


Help! I Just Read 1 John 4! Now What?

Help! I Just Read 1 John 4! Now What?

Sunday was Part 2 in a 6 week series through 1 John called "Love As Our Witness." Both weeks I have encouraged and challenged The Church at West Franklin to read through 1 John every week of the series. If you do this, you will have read through the book of 1 John 6 times!!!! This week, I would like to... continue reading


Help! I Just Read 1 John 3! Now What?

Help! I Just Read 1 John 3! Now What?

Sunday was Part 2 in a 6 week series through 1 John called "Love As Our Witness." Both weeks I have encouraged and challenged The Church at West Franklin to read through 1 John every week of the series. If you do this, you will have read through the book of 1 John 6 times!!!! This week, I would like to... continue reading


Help! I Just Read 1 John 2! Now What?

Help! I Just Read 1 John 2! Now What?

Sunday was Part 2 in a 6 week series through 1 John called "Love As Our Witness." Both weeks I have encouraged and challenged The Church at West Franklin to read through 1 John every week of the series. If you do this, you will have read through the book of 1 John 6 times!!!! This week, I would like to... continue reading


Help! I Just Read 1 John 1! Now What?

Help! I Just Read 1 John 1! Now What?

Yesterday was Part 2 in a 6 week series through 1 John called "Love As Our Witness." Both weeks I have encouraged and challenged The Church at West Franklin to read through 1 John every week of the series. If you do this, you will have read through the book of 1 John 6 times!!!! This week, I would like to... continue reading


Things You Want Your Pastor to Talk About - Any Suggestions???

Things You Want Your Pastor to Talk About - Any Suggestions???

This summer, the Brentwood Baptist preaching team will be doing a 4-part series called "Things Your Pastor Wants You To Know." For this series to be planned most effectively and efficiently, we want to know: "What to you want us to tell you?" Or, to put it a better way: "What is a topic you would like your pastor to... continue reading


3 Reasons Why West Franklin Members Should Be Overly Excited about the Upcoming Sermon Series

3 Reasons Why West Franklin Members Should Be Overly Excited about the Upcoming Sermon Series

Beginning this Sunday, February 22nd, a new sermon series will kick off at all Brentwood Baptist campuses. It’s a series on evangelism called “Love As Our Witness” from the book of 1 John. The series will take us all the way to Easter. I believe everyone will benefit from this series. But especially the West Franklin people. Okay, so I... continue reading


5 Reasons to Attend Mission & Vision (Especially if You Were “Grandfathered” In)

5 Reasons to Attend Mission & Vision (Especially if You Were “Grandfathered” In)

This Sunday following the AM worship service, Todd Bishop will lead the Mission & Vision class for Brentwood Baptist at the West Franklin Campus. You should attend - yes you - especially if you are already a member. Why? #1. Comprehension I have a feeling you would not advise anyone to get married to someone they didn't... continue reading


Five Reasons You Should Come & Bring a Friend to The Church at West Franklin on Wednesday Night

Five Reasons You Should Come & Bring a Friend to The Church at West Franklin on Wednesday Night

#1. FREE CHOPS AND CAKE!!! Yep. If you come to The Church at West Franklin on Wednesday, February 11th, you will get Pork Chops and Strawberry Cake! If you are a guest, it’s FREE. If you are a member, we will accept any and all donations . And, oh yeah, these won’t be just any ole chops and cake. It... continue reading


Isaac’s Perspective

Isaac’s Perspective

9 When they arrived at the place that God had told him about, Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood. He bound his son Isaac[c] and placed him on the altar on top of the wood. 10 Then Abraham reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son. Genesis 22:9-10 Until last night*, I had never... continue reading


Changed Lives

Changed Lives

Changed Lives Change Minds. Not bumper stickers on your car. Not a rant on Facebook. Not a cross pin on your blazer. And not a list of things you don't do. Changed Lives Change Minds. Not a cheesy slogan on church sign. Not a Jesus bobble-head doll on your desk. Not a new big, bulky Bible you carry with you... continue reading


O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing

O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing

O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer's praise, the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace! I know how Charles Wesley felt when he wrote this hymn. He wished for a thousand tongues to be able to sing about the glory of Jesus. It's his way of saying if he could have 999... continue reading


Slow Down, You Have Options

Slow Down, You Have Options

I don't know about you, but I tend to "knee jerk." When I hear of a problem, I want to "knee jerk" and fix it immediately. When my wife has a bad day - I want to fix it . . . immediately (knee jerk). When a church member is disgruntled - I want to handle it . . . immediately ((knee jerk). When I don't... continue reading


Book Recommendation

Book Recommendation

Today finished reading Randy Singer’s The Advocate. It’s fiction, yes. But it is historical fiction. I am sure I’ve read historical fiction before, but it has been a long, long time. Thanks to Singer, however, I can assure you – I won’t wait another long, long time to read another.   The Advocate is a made up... continue reading


Where Do I Start? (Part 5)

Where Do I Start? (Part 5)

“15 and you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:1... continue reading


Where Do I Start? (Part 4)

Where Do I Start? (Part 4)

“15 and you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:1... continue reading


Where Do I Start? (Part 3)

Where Do I Start? (Part 3)

“15 and you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:1... continue reading


Where Do I Start? (Part 2)

Where Do I Start? (Part 2)

“15 and you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:1... continue reading


Where Do I Start? (Part 1)

Where Do I Start? (Part 1)

“15 and you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2... continue reading