News


30
Sep 2022
Board & Leadership Update

The Woodmont Board held its second meeting of the fiscal year on Monday night. Our church remains in healthy financial shape even though pledged giving tends to lag behind in July and August each year. A financial summary will be provided after September books are closed. Jay Hutchens provided an update of the discipleship and small group ministries. Over 170 people have signed up for dinners for eight this fall. We remain committed to our discipleship path of Seeking (Worship, Prayer, Bible Study), Sharing (Groups and Classes), and serving (using gifts to......

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20
Sep 2022
"Faith & Civility" series starting points

• To acknowledge that faith and morality do play a significant role in the life of our public servants regardless of political party. • To acknowledge that the civil and political landscape in America is fractured and deeply polarized, affecting every aspect of our culture including the church. • To believe that Christians have a responsibility to model and be advocates for civil dialogue among people of different backgrounds and political ideologies • To honor Woodmont’s ongoing commitment to being a “Big Tent” or “Purple” Church that seeks to bring conservatives and......

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12
Sep 2022
Shine Light & Keep Liza’s Legacy Alive!

On Friday morning, September 2nd, thirty-four year old Liza Fletcher got up early to go for a run as she often did many mornings. Running was her passion and her outlet. It was the way she stayed in shape and handled stress as a pre-k teacher at St. Mary’s School, a wife, and a mother of two young boys. But this run was different because she didn’t return. She was tracked down and then forcefully abducted right next to the University of Memphis campus around 4:20 a.m. Surveillance cameras showed a GMC......

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29
Aug 2022
Frederick Buechner’s Legacy of Vulnerability

One early morning in the fall of 1936, ten-year-old Frederick Buechner and his younger brother were playing happily in their room. Their father walked down the hall, checked on them, and then he proceeded down to the garage where he started the family Chevy and waited for the exhaust to kill him. The family did not attend the funeral, and rarely talked about the tragic death. They quickly relocated to Bermuda to get a new start. Why do people do it? Take their own lives when it leaves a trail of emotional......

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17
Aug 2022
Can Faith Return Us to Civility & Decency?

Could Christians teach our culture how to be civil again? Could we demonstrate what it looks like to listen intently to one another? Before his death in the fall of 2020, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks expressed his deep concern about the death of civility in western culture. Not only has this become a secular problem in politics and the public square, but also a big problem among believers of the same faith tradition. “Civility is more than good manners. It is a recognition that violent speech leads to violent deeds; that listening respectfully......

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11
Aug 2022
Church is Built on Relationships

Relationships matter in life. The quality of your relationships will always determine the quality of your life. It’s a simple and timeless truth. The pandemic was so difficult because relationships were cut off. We were told to stay apart. Christianity is based on the opposite of “social distancing.” Jesus had issues with many aspects of organized religion, but he was a master of cultivating relationships. My friend Rubel Shelly, who has taught and preached at Woodmont, wrote a great book years ago titled I Knew Jesus Before He Was a Christian…and I......

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29
Jul 2022
Would Jesus Recognize Some of Today’s Christians?

Christians come in many different forms. You can find conservative Christians, fundamentalist Christians, liberal Christians, cultural Christians and multiple other variations of the faith. Many would argue that Jesus did not come to start a new religion but to offer a better way of living within the context of Judaism grounded in love, forgiveness, compassion, and healing. This is the essence of the kingdom of God that was the heart of his message. If that is the case, then why are some of today’s Christians the angriest, most judgmental, most fearful, and......

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