July 01 2014

Frank and to the Point (July 2014)

I hope you have an opportunity to catch your breath during these warm days of summer. Taking a break from the busyness of your routine can be invigorating and recreating. If you are getting a chance to do this at the beach, near a lake, in the mountains, or some other place this month, I encourage you to connect with us online and enjoy the live streaming of our Sunday Worship Services ( It doesn’t take the place of being here, but it will allow you to stay engaged with us as I continue preaching about the life of Elijah. The certainty by which he faced uncertain times grew out of a faith walk with God that we can enjoy today. Be safe as you travel, and stay connected with us!

Save The Date

Sunday, August 10, will be an important day for our church family as we join together in prayer for the new school year, our ministry to new students in the area, the use of our new Chapel, and continued prayer for the ministry of our church. We will share communion on this day remembering the sacrifice of Christ on our behalf. I hope to see you here.

The New Chapel

Thank you for all of your patience during the construction work as we get closer to the completion and dedication of our newly renovated Chapel. The renovated space is going to make a wonderful place for weddings, memorial celebrations, anniversary events, group gatherings, seminars and retreats, as well as a new home for The Fellowship on Broadway. Between this project and our other renovation projects on three other floors, our Property Committee Chairman Scott Hatcher and the members of his committee have done an incredible job giving us a needed face-lift this summer. I look forward to sharing many joyful gatherings with you soon in the new Chapel.

It’s What We Do

Summers at First Baptist Nashville are incredibly busy times!

We had well over 300 enrolled in Vacation Bible School; sent our students to San Antonio on Youth Choir Mission Tour; sent our Children’s Ministry to CentriKid Sports Camp; hosted a dozen Chik-fil-A managers for a meeting on our campus; inflated and deflated inflatables—repeatedly; made room for weddings during times of construction; ministered to families in crisis; welcomed new babies; celebrated anniversaries; baptized new members; preached the gospel; supported missionaries; trained interns; prayed with strangers; gave tours of our Sanctuary to people who did not speak “Baptist”; lost weight with The Daniel Plan; loved on people attending Bonaroo; gave blood; and prayed to see how God might use us in the future. And that was just the month of June.

I am thankful God called me to First Baptist Nashville. Thanks for being a people willing to try just about anything to reach others for Christ. We’ve got more work to do. We can do it better if we do it together.