Change: A Letter to West Franklin

West Franklin Family, Tomorrow is Palm Sunday 2020. This, of course, kicks off Holy Week – the week we remember and reflect on Jesus’ last days, prior to His crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. Most likely, this week will be different than any other Holy Week and Easter you have ever experienced. Though we are doing all we can to offer you resources to enhance your Holy Week experience (you can go here to see a LONG list of interactive choices available; or click here, here, and here); it is beyond evident – for the time being – things have changed....

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West Franklin Talks – Episode #11 Links Mentioned

Today on West Franklin Talks, Matt and Dave discuss random topics, such as books they are reading and a very gross and funny story from Matt’s early ministry days. Below are links to the books mentioned. Happy Reading! Currently Reading Dave – Creativity, Inc.  Matt – Adorning the Dark & When Narcissism Comes to Church Life-Shaping Reads Dave – Lincoln on Leadership & Extreme Ownership & Choosing to Cheat & Making Peace Matt – King’s Cross & Under the Unpredictable Plant Hope to Soon Read Dave – Change or Die  Matt – Analog Church & The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry...

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Empty Baptistery

  We’re going on four weeks of not being able to gather together. The baptistery on our campus is empty. No water. No people. Dry as a bone. The good news is that it’s clean. As a matter of fact, I don’t believe our entire building has been more clean than it is right now. Though I would advise against it, you could eat off the floor and it would probably be more sanitary than off a plate straight out of the dishwasher. But I digress. The baptistery at The Church at West Franklin is empty. No water stirring. No...

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Housekeeping and a Confession: A Letter to West Franklin

Happy Saturday, West Franklin Family! This is the third Saturday letter I have written, all due to the fact that we haven’t been able to see one another. (First one is here. Second one, here.) This is getting old. I miss you. Until we meet again. . . here are a couple of housekeeping items for you to be aware of: First, tomorrow morning (Sunday, March 29th) a worship service will be aired at 9:00 am and 10:30 am, just like our normal worship service hours. You can watch the services here. Or, learn more here. Second, during the services,...

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The Halls Are Empty Now, But. . .

  I love the hallways at The Church at West Franklin. On Sunday morning’s and Wednesday nights you can overhear laughter, prayer requests, insights shared during a group time, updates on life, looks of concern, compassion, and a few bad jokes. Okay, you can hear a lot of bad jokes. You can smell coffee, donuts, essential oils, Axe Body Spray on teenagers, and perfume worn by senior ladies. There are men in ties and women in dresses. There are T-shirts, shorts, jeans, khaki pants, athletic shoes, dress shoes, flip flops, and high heels. Bulletins are passed. . . some dropped...

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The Next Time We Gather. . .

Right now, the entrances to our building are empty. We can’t gather. We don’t know when we will be able to gather again. I don’t like it. I assume you don’t either. But let’s not waste this season. Let me urge you – beg you – plead with you – to pray. Pray that the next time we gather, we are different. That the next time we gather, people who don’t know Jesus are coming with us. Pray that we would be married to the mission, and wide open to new methods of getting the Gospel to Franklin and the...

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Balance Media Headlines with the Headlines of the Bible

Isaiah 11:1-3a 1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,     the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord— 3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears. . . You know what your soul needs right now – more than anything? The same as my soul. We need the wisdom and understanding...

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Purpose: A Letter to West Franklin

Dear West Franklin, Tomorrow will be week #2 since we have seen one another on a Sunday morning. It’s true, isn’t it? Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Your pastor didn’t know how much he needed to be with you until he couldn’t. I don’t really fear the virus. Honestly, I am not scared of contracting it. Maybe I should be. I do have a fear in the midst of all this, however. My fear is not knowing how long this will last. That, if I am being honest, is what troubles me most. Part of that “trouble” is not...

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Hope When Know One Sees

Luke 18:9-14 9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and looked down on everyone else:  10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee was standing and praying like this about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I’m not like other people—greedy, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of everything I get.’ 13 “But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even raise his eyes to heaven but kept striking his chest and saying, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this one went down to...

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West Franklin Talks – Special Coronavirus Episode – Links Mentioned

A special edition of West Franklin Talks went live today. The aim was to help you think through ways to process and act during this very bizarre and unprecedented time for our families, church family, nation, and world. Below are some links mentioned and recommended based on today’s show. Enjoy & Wash Your Hands!!! Books Mentioned in the Podcast: The Motive by Patrick Lencioni Hidden in Christ: Living as God’s Beloved by James Bryan Smith Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull The Seven Last Words from the Cross by Fleming Rutledge Thank God It’s Friday! – Encountering the Seven Last Words...

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