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Sep 2023
Our Society's Erosion of Trust

When historians look back on the late 20th and early 21st century, it will be marked as a time of declining trust in American institutions. This has been true in government, medicine, higher education, business, technology, and religion. A recent article in The Wall Street Journal by Gerard Baker titled “From Trust to Bust” gets very specific in naming the controversies by actually listing some specific historical examples of situations where trust has been diminished. These include: • The claim of weapons of mass destruction in 2003 that led to the invasion of Iraq. The weapons never materialized.......

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08
Sep 2023
New Director of Senior High Youth at Woodmont

Vibrant churches are very intentional about reaching and discipling the younger generations. At Woodmont, we are doing that well. I hope we don’t take ever that for granted. Faith foundations are laid very early in life. Abby McLean shared the following numbers with me. So far this programming year, we have registered 432 children (nursery – 5th grade) and 152 youth (6 – 12th grade). Since March, we have been in an interim period in our youth ministry and our interim team (Abby, Moriah, Russell, Ashley, & Graham) has done a great......

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22
Aug 2023
Moral Leadership in a Special Session

We had a very successful ministry fair on Sunday. I want to thank everybody who worked hard to make it happen. We have so many ways for you to get plugged in to the life of the church. Getting involved is part of our discipleship process. This week the Tennessee legislature is convening for a special session focused on issues of public safety. Governor Lee should be commended for calling this session even though many leaders have opposed it. Moral leadership is not easy. Our governor has shown courage in bringing these......

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15
Aug 2023
Keeping Charlie Strobel's Legacy Alive

Homecoming Sunday was a great celebration kicking off the fall programming year. This week, we will have our ministry fair to help get people more engaged and plugged in to the life of our church. The Nashville mayoral race has now been narrowed down to two candidates for the September 14 runoff. Alice Rolli and Freddie O’Connell have emerged from a very impressive field and will square off to become the next leader of our city. The mayoral election is supposed to be non-partisan, but many act surprised when a more conservative......

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08
Aug 2023
Advice from the Older Generations

Homecoming Sunday is this weekend, August 13! The Nashville Pipes and Drums will return to Woodmont. We are beginning a new sermon series called “Unashamed of the Gospel” based on Paul’s powerful letter to the Romans. This is certainly one of the most important theological books in the Bible written by Paul to a community that he hoped to visit. This Sunday, we are also kicking off our youth and children’s programming for the year as well as offering new small group sign-ups for the fall. One of the best parts about......

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01
Aug 2023
Getting Ready for Fall!

Summer is quickly winding down, and our kids will be getting back into school very soon. Homecoming Sunday will take place on August 13 which will mark the beginning of our fall programming year. Invite a friend or family to come to worship with you that day! All of our children will move up to their new grade level and we will welcome the Nashville Pipes and Drums back to worship. Youth ministry programming will also kick off that evening. This is always a special day in the life of our church.......

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17
Jul 2023
The Current State of American Christianity

We all enjoyed a great celebration of Woodmont’s 80th anniversary this weekend. Thanks to all who made it happen. In recent months, many articles have been published about the current state of Christianity and the church in America. We continue to hear about the rise of the “nones,” churches that closed or declined during the pandemic, battles over women pastors, the dangers of Christian nationalism, culture wars, and the exodus of millennials and Gen Z from the church. Most churches now stream services online, but is this the same thing as being present within......

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12
Jul 2023
A Woodmont Vision - ”Eight at Eighty“

Vision always matters and a big part of my responsibility is to always be casting it to our leaders. As we celebrate Woodmont’s 80th birthday this month (1943-2023), I want to share with you some honest thoughts and a future vision for what I believe will continue to make our church vibrant and strong in the years ahead. Woodmont is a healthy congregation in an age where many other churches are declining. Therefore, it is important that we identify the primary factors that must continue to be present as we look to......

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