September 11, 2021

West Franklin Family, Literally seconds before I sat down to type this letter an airplane flew over my head. It is a beautiful morning in Franklin, Tennessee. When the weather is like this, I sit outside my office at our campus. Moments ago, an airplane flew over where I am sitting. I think it was a Southwest aircraft. Twenty years later I still find myself haunted by airplanes crashing into the Twin Towers in New York City. I am not… Read more

September 5, 2021

West Franklin Family, If you are new to West Franklin, or regularly attend the 10:30 service you may not know him. But if you continue participating, you will soon enough. On Sunday morning’s at 9 am, he sits to the left of the stage (from where I stand) three or four rows from the front. He’s usually sitting with four or five ladies, one of which he is pretty sweet on. (And from what I hear, she’s pretty sweet on… Read more

September 4, 2021

West Franklin Family, Last Friday I receive a text from one of you. The text read: “Hey Matt – HAPPY FRIDAY!! Random question for you. . . We are thinking about taking the kids and the grill to Waverly and doing burgers and hotdogs for whoever. Do you happen to have any contacts we can reach out to, to see where we can go?” I immediately emailed several people I thought might help, copying this person on the message. Within… Read more

August 31, 2021

I am not sure exactly how it works. I can’t (yet) quite explain the inner dynamics of it all. But it’s true. If you’re married, your relationship with God and your relationship with your spouse are linked. After Peter gives his readers admonitions about marriage, he closes the section (specifically to husbands) by saying, “so that nothing will hinder your prayers” (1 Peter 3:7). His point? If you aren’t careful and considerate in how you treat your spouse, conversations with… Read more

August 28, 2021

West Franklin Family, I can’t watch the television series The Chosen. I hope you can. I hope you love it. I hope you enjoy it. I hope you learn much about the life of Jesus from viewing it. From the bit I have seen and the reviews I have read, The Chosen is an extremely well arranged, well produced, and an (mostly) accurate biblical portrayal of Jesus from the Gospels. One of my children watches it. Many of you have… Read more

August 24, 2021

I am hearing it from every which way. Left. Right. Up. Down. Sideways. Side door. Front door. Back door. I am sure you are too. Church members in Tennessee are asking. Church members I pastored in Arkansas and Louisiana are asking. Friends and family in Alabama are asking. “What should we do and/or think about masks and vaccines?” Or, “What’s the right thing to do here?” Or, “Bro. Matt, I don’t know what to think or who do believe! What… Read more

August 21, 2021

West Franklin Family, Buzzed. It’s how I felt leaving a meeting this week. No, I had not been drinking anything with alcohol. No, I had not been smoking anything. And, no, I had not used any new and unique oil in any way, shape, form, or fashion. There was simply an energy on campus. There was a buzz of excitement I hadn’t felt in a while. Maybe it is because both services were full on Sunday morning and – combined… Read more

August 17, 2021

Have you ever noticed how under educated Mary Magdelene and the disciples were immediately following the resurrection? Yet, similarly, have you ever noticed how full of joy they were? Stay with me. Consider how John describes these people on the first Easter morning: First, Jesus had to tell Mary not to hold on to him when she finally realized who he was in the garden. Second, when the disciples saw the resurrected Jesus, John says they were “overjoyed” when they… Read more

August 14, 2021

West Franklin Family, Most of you know this. Every Monday afternoon on the Brentwood campus, all seven campus pastors meet together with Senior Pastor Mike Glenn. This week we discussed on-line church and the impact 2020/Covid-19 had on this phenomenon. In passing, Pastor Mike said, “Before, people decided on Saturday night whether or not they will attend church on Sunday morning. Now, because they have the option of watching on-line, people decide on Sunday morning when they wake up.” For… Read more

August 10, 2021

The morning of May 19th I woke up to major water damage caused by an overflowing second floor toilet. One of the three Pearson teenagers was, um, let’s just say un-attentive. Repairs are still being made. Monday of last week I received a call from my wife that the second floor HVAC unit was out. Completely. A month ago, while getting a routine oil change, I learned the tires needed rotating . .  . on both mine and Katie’s vehicle…. Read more

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