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First Nativity

We’ve all heard (or will certainly hear in the days ahead) that famous line, in that famous song, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” I’ve always wondered though, “Does Christmas have a look?” I know that if I asked an interior decorator to design a “Christmas-themed” room, there would be lots of red…

Thank You Briarcliff Baptist Church

On a week when we consider all that we are thankful for, let me take a little pastoral privilege and express my gratefulness for you, the saints who are Briarcliff Baptist Church. As I glance back over the past year, there has been much for which I want to expressly share my gratitude. Thank you…

Cultural Rip Currents

This summer, my family and I got to vacation in Destin, Florida for a few days. The beach was absolutely gorgeous, with soft white sand, waves perfect for bodysurfing, and the joyous screams of 5, yes 5, little girls running around. The adults had to keep close watch on the little ones though, because there…

Authentic Christian Community

The word, “authentic” has become somewhat of a buzzword in Christian circles lately. In a quest to differentiate truth from falsehood, the genuine from the artificial, and the real from a cheap imitation, believers have adopted “authenticity” as the rallying point for many dynamics of church life that feel plastic, hollow, and fake. From authentic…

The Favor of God

It was such a wonderful time praying together as a church family during our 24-hour prayer event. Every hour, for 24 hours straight, the community of Briarcliff Baptist church was seeking the Lord through prayer. I know that I personally was amazed at how fast the hour went by and how rich and deep the…

“Ultron” in the Age of Grace

        Earlier this week, a group of us went to see the record-breaking action movie, “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” If you’re looking for an action movie full of adventure and amazing special effects, this movie doesn’t disappoint. While I enjoyed the plot and superhero characters, it was the concepts and ideologies raised that really piqued…

What is the Church?

That is the question that I recently asked an individual who had decided that Briarcliff Baptist was no longer meeting his spiritual needs. Now of course, this is an individual that I love and respect, so my question was directed in openness and esteem, as I was looking to find exactly what was missing. This…

What Does “Peace” Look Like?

It’s an interesting question isn’t it? It may be that when you read the above title your mind quickly goes to images of doves in flight, a waterfall tucked away in a hidden lagoon surrounded by lush vegetation, or perhaps even a hammock by the sea shore. “Peace” may take many forms: a gentle whisper…

God’s Gift Giving

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. We have finally entered the month of gift-giving. ‘Tis the season for Americans to engage in a frenzy of buying gifts at discount prices, fill stores as they stockpile toys, trinkets and tech, and hunt high and low searching for the perfect gifts for friends and loved…

An Attitude of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is by far one of my favorite holidays. Anytime people can slow down a little and express gratitude that is a good thing in my estimation. I’ve heard it said that an attitude of gratitude is the part of living as believers. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us to “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give…