Bedrock Belief

My church had a meeting after the service yesterday to discuss and identify what our “bedrock beliefs” are. The discussion was led by our pastor Tom Bartley, and four tables of church members including multiple retired pastors and Sunday school teachers, as well as a range of others. Each individual came up with their own [Read More…]

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The Lego-Scene Demoniac

At the recent “Kingdom Builders” retreat that my church (Crooked Creek Baptist Church) held, it had a LEGO theme. They recreated stories from the Bible with LEGOs, and videoed them. Here is the first one, depicting the story of the Gerasene demoniac: I agree with my pastor, Tom Bartley, that they deserve special praise for [Read More…]

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Baptist Goddess?

There is a statue/bust in my church, which seems to have been there since before anyone currently in the church can remember. Anyone have any idea who it is of?   [Read more…]

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Building a Church in Minecraft

A young and creative individual in my church, David Peacock, created this in Minecraft: It is a rendition of the building where my church meets, Crooked Creek Baptist Church. Here is a photo, for comparison: I am very impressed with the likeness, and the creativity in doing something like this. It got me thinking about [Read More…]

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Two Powers in Hebrews 2?

Today my Sunday school class got up to Hebrews 2:5-13. I was really struck by the fact that the author says that he is speaking about the world to come. Was that obvious to everyone reading the epistle, prior to this point? Does that mean that the language about the exalted status of the Son [Read More…]

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More Scenes from an Easter Service

Two more videos from the Easter service at Crooked Creek Baptist Church: [Read more…]

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Reality (In You I Live) Live

I am grateful to my dear friends at Crooked Creek Baptist Church – Jessica and Tom Bartley, John Arnold, and Alan Peacock – for performing my song “Reality (In You I Live)” in church today, and to all those present who listened! [Read more…]

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Band Names

The pastor of my church asked for input on what to call our church music group. We feel like we ought to have a name for our band. Here were the suggestions that he started out with: Facebook Poll: Help us name our Worship Team at Crooked Creek Baptist. So far the suggestions are (in [Read More…]

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Ash Wednesday

Tonight was the first time I’ve experienced Ash Wednesday celebrated at a Baptist church. My own church, Crooked Creek Baptist Church, was the host to an interfaith Ash Wednesday service, a multi-congregation and multi-denomination celebration, featuring our own Rev. Tom Bartley as well as Rev. L. Bryant Parker of Witherspoon Presbyterian, Rev. Kevin Bausman of Immanuel [Read More…]

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Can a Church Be Too Inviting?

My church, Crooked Creek Baptist Church, is a friendly and welcoming one. We would, however, prefer that visitors park their cars in the parking lot and enter on foot… These are photos another church member took on Sunday morning. I'm guessing they are self-explanatory…   [Read more…]

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Jazzy Christmas Music for Piano

I made some recordings, when practicing before church today, of music I would be playing during the service. The first is a jazz arrangement of “Angels We Have Heard On High,” arranged by Phillip Keveren (published in the volume Yuletide Jazz): The second is a medley from the “Charlie Brown Christmas Special” which I played [Read More…]

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