Monthly Archives: January 2018

Should Baptists Recognize Ash Wednesday?

I grew up in a Baptist church. Some of my earliest memories come from my time in a local Baptist church in central Ohio. Like the time my little brother spit a half-masticated donut on the floor of the fellowship … Continue reading

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How to prepare for Sunday, 2/4/2018

  This Sunday at Poquoson Baptist Church we will return to our sermon series Confident in Christ: A Study in Colossians. In our first few sermons we discussed that we should be confident in Christ because of what He’s done. This … Continue reading

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Who’s Welcome at Poquoson Baptist?

Nuance is dead. In our polarized, politicized society it seems that you’re either one extreme or another. Take immigration, for example. To hear the media pundits tell it, you’re either a amnesty-affirming liberal who wants open borders and a green … Continue reading

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How to Prepare for Sunday, 1/28/18

This Sunday at Poquoson Baptist Church we will conclude a two-part sermon series on the twin evils of abortion and racism. This Sunday is Racial Reconciliation Sunday and since I’ll be out of town with my father, Eddie Francis will be preaching on The Murderous … Continue reading

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Midweek Ministry

On January 14, I preached a sermon at PBC outlining my vision for 2018: that I become a disciple-making pastor. One of the implications of my personal shift towards more intentional disciple-making is the need to say “no” to good things … Continue reading

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How to Prepare for Sunday, 1/21/18

This Sunday at Poquoson Baptist Church I’m beginning a two-part sermon series on the twin evils of abortion and racism. This Sunday is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday and I’ll be preaching on The Racist Roots of Abortion from Exodus 1. Check out … Continue reading

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Why Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is Risky

For the past several decades, many churches in America have set aside a Sunday in January to commemorate a horrible anniversary: the Roe v. Wade decision declaring a constitutional right to abortion on demand. Since the Supreme Court decided the … Continue reading

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How to Prepare for Sunday, 1/14/18

This Sunday at Poquoson Baptist Church I will be sharing a vision sermon for the year based on 2 Timothy 2:1-7. Although it’s typical to think of a vision sermon being all about how a church will change, I think … Continue reading

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Why Preach a Vision Sermon?

There’s nothing magical about a new year. Perhaps one of the greatest reasons most New Year’s resolutions fail is that so many people assume a new year means a new you. Nothing could be further from the truth. On January … Continue reading

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Holy Ground

We’ve all heard the story. Moses, a former prince turned fugitive is hiding out in Midian tending his father-in-law’s sheep when he sees something unusual. It probably wasn’t strange to see a bush on fire, but this was different. The … Continue reading

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