• Voting Has Begun!

    Therefore, let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.   Romans 14:13          In case you didn’t know, there is a presidential election on November 3rd.  Because of the COVID pandemic, early voting has already begun.  I thought I would write a blog telling you why I think you should vote for ______…

  • Reminder: Our Mission Matter

    And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.   Matthew 22:37-39          We know that 2020 has been an unusual year and COVID-19 has brought so many distractions and inconveniences.  For churches, COVID wiped out our calendars and prevented some of our normal ministries.  Ini…

  • When Life is Tough

    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.  Romans 8:18          Jesus told us (John 16:33), “in the world you will have tribulation.”  While suffering and tribulation shouldn’t surprise us, we often have many questions when hard times come our way.  Why is there so much evil in the world?  Why do good people su…

  • Final Thoughts About Cultural Christianity

    So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. Thus, you will recognize them by their fruits.  Matthew 7:17, 20          Sunday we will conclude our “Can’t Be Doin’ That: Preventing the Spread of Cultural Christianity” series by asking the question, “How can I know if I am a cultural Christian?”  While I don’t want genuine believers to doubt their salvation, I want…

  • Get Out

    And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  Matthew 4:19        For months we said, “I can’t wait until we can have church again” or “I can’t wait until we get back to normal.”  It is definitely exciting to see more and more folks come back to church and to see visitors each week.  I love the gathering of God’s people on Sunday morning for worship.  Again, I realize how…

  • Working of a Discipleship Strategy

    But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  2 Peter 3:18          The last few weeks we have been talking about preventing the spread of cultural Christianity.  I mentioned some characteristics of cultural Christians: they are often more concerned about outward appearance (doing good) than a personal relationship with Christ; they often believe that good people g…

  • Celebrating 40 Years of Faithfulness!

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.   Galatians 5:22-23        Today (Sept. 2nd), we celebrate Bonnie Brown and her 40th Anniversary working in the office at Burlington Baptist.  Bonnie started working part-time (15 hours a week) back in 1980.  She had two children and so a part-…

  • What If Our Mic Was Always Hot?

    Put away from your crooked speech and put devious talk far from you.   Proverbs 4:24          Last Wednesday, Thom Brennaman said something during a Reds game without realizing that his mic was on (at least his Fox radio mic was on).  During the second game of the double-header, Brennaman apologized for what he had said and was taken off the broadcast.  While what Thom said was certainly inap…

  • Deacons Matter

    For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.   1 Timothy 3:13        Over the years, I have heard my share of deacon horror stories and while I have attended a few discouraging deacon meetings over the years, I feel like I have been blessed with good deacons the past 20 years.  Maybe it was helpful that I go…

  • Preventing the Spread of Cultural Christianity

      I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel.   Galatians 1:6        This Sunday I will be starting a new sermon series called, “We can’t be doin’ that: Preventing the spread of Cultural Christianity.”  Cultural Christianity is terminology used to describe those who identify themselves as “Christian” but th…