West Franklin Talks Episode #14 Links Mentioned

Today, West Franklin released a podcast about Social Media on West Franklin Talks. We had the privilege of interviewing Brentwood Baptist’s own Digital Content Manager, Morgan Comer! You can find out more about Morgan here. You can follow her on Instagram here. Morgan mentioned Nastasia Pretzlaf as a good follow on Instagram. You can follow her here, here, or here. Follow West Franklin on Facebook here and Instagram here. You can follow West Franklin Students here. West Franklin’s new YouTube channel can be found here. Find out where to follow all other campuses and their accounts on their websites. Brentwood...

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Grace: A Letter to West Franklin

West Franklin Family, Holy Saturday. I’m glad I wasn’t around then. I would have been like everyone else. I wouldn’t have believed. I would have thought it was over. I would have assumed all of my hopes, dreams, expectations, aspirations, and future plans were dead. To my knowledge, no one woke up that first Easter Sunday morning thinking, “Today’s the day!” The faithful women went only to care for a dead body, not watch a resurrection. Yet, despite everyone’s unbelief, He rose. Read that sentence again. Despite everyone’s unbelief, He rose. Jesus’ resurrection wasn’t based on our belief. In the...

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West Franklin Talks – Episodes #12 & #13 Links Mentioned

This week, West Franklin released 2 podcast episodes of West Franklin Talks. In episode #12, we heard from Ken Corr regarding mental illness during COVID-19. Click here to read more about Ken and read several of his articles. In episode #13, we interviewed David Hannah, the campus and teaching pastor at the Church at Lockeland Springs. In this interview, David walked us through the night of the Nashville tornado and what it looked like for he and his church the week after. Go here to find out how to be a part of the tornado relief effort.

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Jesus’ Seven Sayings and Balance

The Gospel writers record for us seven different – and breathtaking – sayings from Jesus between the time He was hoisted on the cross and when He breathed His last. Seven is a perfect number. Seven implies “wholeness” in biblical thought. You can make a pretty good case that if all you had to go on were Jesus’ last words, you would have a whole picture of what He came to do and accomplish. As I have studied and read and pondered these sayings over the past seven weeks, I have noticed something. No, I don’t believe what I am...

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Silent Wednesday

The Bible is silent about Wednesday of Holy Week. No actions of Jesus are mentioned. No words of Jesus recorded. Silence. It is a good reminder for us to be still and pay attention to what God has done and is doing around us right now. It’s a good time to just be silent. Let me encourage you to go here today and take your time walking through a virtual “silent service.” Pause. Meditate. Reflect. Be silent. Write down what the Lord is saying to you. Don’t try to hide what is going on. He loves you and has only...

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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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