Dads: A Letter to West Franklin

West Franklin Family, I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the massive influence dads have on their children. Just this morning on my walk, I saw a 7 or 8 year old boy straining to see his dad work a front end loader. The boy was in awe. That was his daddy and he was so proud. You could all but visibly see the images of him being like his dad one day passing through his imaginative mind. This week started with me making a smart aleck remark to my oldest son. I was in a bad mood. I was...

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Table: A Letter to West Franklin

West Franklin Family, I read this quote recently and found it, not only true, but very intriguing. “The only place you can go today and take off your mask in public? The table. You have to wear your mask to get there, but once at the table with your tablemates, you take off your mask. The Table unmasks us all, and unmasks all of us.” (Leonard Sweet) I hate wearing masks, but I love this thought. There is something about being with others at a table when we can just be. Recently I found myself thinking, “How ridiculous is it...

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Hope During the Democratic National Convention

Some of you just clicked on this thinking, “Oh no. We’ve lost Pearson. He’s ‘one of them’ now. I can’t believe it.” Hang with me for a moment. This isn’t a political thing. I’ve grown up red. I live in a red state. I pastor (mostly) red people. I’ve been told I have a red neck. I am a Bible-believing, evangelical conservative. You can exhale. I own, and am proud of my right to own, a Daisy BB gun. But I have to tell you, as I have watched the Democratic National Convention (DNC) the last couple of nights, I have...

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Fun: A Letter to West Franklin

West Franklin Family, I was reminded this week that Jesus is fun. He’s a blast to hang out with. He’s someone you actually desire and look forward to being with. Consider. . . “On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” (John 2:1-3) In New Testament times, a wedding celebration lasted for several days. You got off work for a week to party with friends....

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Clarity: A Mid-Week Letter to West Franklin

(Emailed to West Franklin members on August 12th, 2020) West Franklin Family, We are approaching the half year mark since the pandemic interrupted all of our lives in March. Needless to say, this has been one of the most trying seasons we have, collectively, experienced in a long time. And, as we all know, it is not going away any time soon. As I write, the college football season is looking less and less likely to happen (insert huge sobs here).  Over the last week, our church leadership has intentionally and prayerfully considered our upcoming campus plan. To provide you...

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Funeral for Normal: A Letter to West Franklin

West Franklin Family, No one enjoys a funeral. No one gets excited about attending a funeral. No one is eager to get to the funeral home and delights in being around sad people. Due to the nature of my vocation, I have been to my fair share of funerals. Never once have I looked forward to one. I have been blessed by many of them. But never been eager to get there. Yet they are necessary. Critical. In a very bizarre way, helpful. Even this guy said so. Funerals are never convenient. No one thinks on Monday morning, “Oh, I...

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Daunting: A Letter to West Franklin

West Franklin Family, Two very daunting things happened to me recently. First, I had an interaction with a dad who is being incredibly intentional with his family. He takes his job as being the spiritual leader seriously and, in my opinion, is doing a remarkable job. I was encouraged, challenged, and motivated all at the same time. Honestly, it was daunting. Second, we got the news that all Williamson County schools will be remote AT LEAST during the first two weeks. We received our children’s schedules. From what I understand, they will be sitting in front of a computer from...

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Wearing Out

Depending on my mood, I can get into just about any kind of music. I definitely have my favorite genre’s and artists, but love (most) all types of music. There are a couple of artists and songs, however, I have been wearing out over the last several months. This new one by NeedToBreathe will blow your mind (and heart) – feast your soul on these lyrics: “Who Am I?” White lights and desperation Hard times and conversation No one should ever love me like you do Sometimes my bad decisions Define my false suspicions No one should ever love me...

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Table Talk Questions – July 26th, 2020 – “Will the One Who Contends with the Almighty Correct Him?” Job

Questions for Family/Individual Do you know anyone who talks too much? When someone is talking all the time, what are they NOT doing? Have you heard many opinions about COVID-19? What are some of them? In Job 1 and 2, Job lost everything but his own life (children, houses, business, health, happy marriage, etc.). In Job 3-37, Job and all his friends share their opinions on what God was doing. All of them had wrong opinions. What does that reveal about our constant talking? What does this say about always trying to figure out “Why?”? After a long list of...

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Kind: A Letter to West Franklin

West Franklin Family, There is a phrase from Titus 3 that I haven’t been able to shake. A word, really, rather than a phrase. I haven’t been able to shake it because I haven’t really really wanted to. “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared...” (Titus 3:4) Isn’t it absolutely breathtaking that our God is kind? Seriously. Think about this with me. God is kind toward you. His thoughts toward you – right now – are kind. His tone towards you – right now – is kind. He speaks to you – if you will listen,...

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