News


18
Jul 2022
Strengthening Our Community

As we begin a new church year this month, I invite you to pray for the new leaders who have accepted new roles. Leadership in the church is very important. Also, I want to make you aware of some staffing updates and changes that are going into effect this month. Rev. Jay Hutchens will serve as our Executive Minister of Small Groups & Discipleship. He is helping me with some strategic initiatives from our spring visioning process as well as some staff supervision and administration. Jay brings many years of ministry experience......

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27
Jun 2022
Ego Aside, Words We Should Say More Often

C. S. Lewis once defined humility as, “not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” What does humility look like in action? How can we heed the words of the Micah and “walk humbly with God?” How can we keep from maintaining an overly exalted opinion of ourselves in an age of competition, egos, rugged individualism, social media, and self-righteousness? There are three simple phrases that I think we should all learn to use more and more. First of all, we should not be afraid to say, “I WAS WRONG.”......

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20
Jun 2022
Summer Reading List

Clay Stauffer • From Strength to Strength – Arthur Brooks • What We Wish Were True – Tallu Quinn • The Life We Are Looking For – Andy Crouch • When Jesus Came to Harvard – Harvey Cox • The Story of You – Ian Cron • How to Reach the West Again – Tim Keller   Roy Stauffer • The Stranger in the Lifeboat – Mitch Albom • Never – Ken Follet • Duty and Destiny, the Life and Faith of Churchill – Gary Smith • Aging, Growing Old in Church......

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13
Jun 2022
Jesus Unites… Politics Divides

Twelve years ago, I made the decision to focus my doctoral research on the subject of faith, politics, and polarization? Why? Because I have been concerned for many years that political polarization is a threat to any church trying to bring people together. When you talk to many in the younger generations, gens Y and Z, one of the primary grievances that they have with today’s Christianity is that it has become far too politicized, allowing the polarization of our culture to bleed into the life of the church. Atlanta pastor Andy......

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27
May 2022
Reflections on this Week

Woodmont Family, Once again this week our nation has been rocked by another mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, TX, killing 19 innocent children and two teachers. Some of us gathered on Wednesday night in the sanctuary for a time of prayer, reflection, and tears. It doesn’t seem like enough. I was a freshman in college when the Columbine massacre occurred in 1999. I remember watching the news coverage in my dorm room, completely dismayed that somebody would do such an evil thing in a school. I was fresh out of seminary when the......

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24
May 2022
Leaders Must Have Character, Courage, & Humility

One of the priorities that has come out of our recent visioning process is an ongoing desire for Woodmont to keep training leaders for the church and the world. Leadership matters in life. Dr. Porter Meadors, one of our elders, recently said that “humanity is beaten up, perhaps more beaten up than ever before.” At this particular point in history, we can all name the many reasons why this is true. M. Scott Peck begins his famous book The Road Less Travelled with the following words: “Life is difficult. This is a......

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20
May 2022
Vision Matters

I want to thank our youth for leading worship this past Sunday. It was a joy to sit in the congregation and participate in this great tradition. We are very proud of all the graduating seniors and wish them well in college and the next chapter of life. This past Monday night, many of us gathered in Carpenter Chapel to hear the initial reports of our twelve vision task forces (Worship, Small Groups, Leadership, Mission & Outreach, Reaching 35 & Under, Healing, Children & Families, Youth, the Bridge, Congregational Care, Technology &......

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03
May 2022
Wisdom for Graduates

As we press forward into May and continue our wisdom series on the book of Ecclesiastes, I want to use this article to share some personal thoughts and wisdom with the graduates in our church. This is for those graduating high school, college, or graduate school later this month, preparing to move forward into life’s next chapter. Here are ten thoughts. 1) Because you have been in school during an extended global pandemic, you have experienced the true meaning of resilience. Resilience will serve you well in every stage of life and......

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27
Apr 2022
New series: "Wisdom"

I want to thank everybody who has made a commitment to support the mission and ministries of Woodmont for another year. We’ve had a strong response but we still have a ways to go to reach our goal. It’s still not too late to make a commitment. Click HERE to do so. Thank you again for your generosity! When baptizing Montgomery on Sunday, I got choked up. Why? I’m not completely sure. Maybe it was because she is the first of my own children that I get to baptize. Maybe it was......

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