• 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…

  • Loving And Serving Our Community

    So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.    Galatians 6:10        Just about everywhere you go these days there are discussions about students returning to school this fall.  Boone County has given families the option of virtual learning (online) or returning to school on a hybrid schedule (2 days per week).  It is nice…

  • Is It Time For You To Find a Bible Study Group?

    But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18        I’m excited about our new schedule that will begin this Sunday and especially the Bible study hour (9:30 – 10:30).  It is a great time for all of us to find a Bible study group.  I often hear people say, or articles start with the phrase, “I’m not a prophet, but” and then they go on to say what they think…

  • Remember J.I. Packer

    Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.   Psalm 116:15        Last Friday, James Innell (J.I.) Packer passed away at the  age of 93. Packer was a British-born Canadian Christian theologian and author who wrote more than 30 books and hundreds of articles.  Packer was the author of one of my very favorite books, “Knowing God.”  I highly recommend you read “Knowing God” as it ha…

  • Upcoming Changes

    Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.   Matthew 28:19-20        One of the few benefits of the COVID-19 crisis was giving us an opportunity to evaluate various ministries and try to make adjustmen…

  • Encouragement

    Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.   1Thess. 5:11        Last Thursday evening was an encouraging time for so many of us as Bro. Kent joined our Friends and Neighbors for a little cookout and singing.  It was great to see and hear Kent and his accompanist (Pam, Danny, and Dave) and be encouraged by his songs, music, and words of inspiration.  It was al…

  • Reflecting on the First Year

    I thank my God in all my remembrance of you.  Philippians 1:3        So, I got to celebrate my one-year anniversary at Burlington Baptist on June 30th.  I thought the first year was going pretty well until COVID-19 kind of turned everything upside down.  We’ve joked a little about the attendance in the first year.  On June 30, 2019 (first Sunday) we had 614 in attendance and on June 28, 2020 we ha…

  • Joy and Contentment

    Count Your Blessings   Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.   Philippians 4:4        This week I have been studying Nehemiah 12 and have been reminded about our need to rejoice, to be filled with joy, and to be thankful for the little things in life.  Nehemiah leads the people to celebrate the rebuilding of the walls and their renewed commitment to the Word of God.  They call tog…

  • Gospel Triumphs Racism

    After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and people and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.  Revelation 7:9           We are living in days characterized by division, animosity, anxiety, anger, hatred, saddness and much uncertainty.  Undoubtedly, we were saddened and outraged when we saw a policeman…

  • Gospel Partnerships

    I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.  Philippians 1:3-5          I like to tell Deacon jokes for a number of reasons:  I was a deacon, I’ve seen some crazy things in deacon meetings, I’ve heard crazy stories about pastors and deacons, and mainly bec…