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Ten Years A Member

It is strange to think that this week marks my seventh anniversary as being the senior pastor of Providence Baptist. But even more remarkable, is this is the tenth anniversary from when we began attending the church. It began when I resigned from my previous position back in Tennessee and before I left for school in Britain. I had been having exchanges with a friend from ...

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What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from July 2019 through September 2019)

Allberry, Sam. Lifted: Experiencing the Resurrection Life. Phillipsburg, NJ: P R Publishing, 2010. I am very familiar with Sam Allberry's writings as an evangelical who struggles with same-sex attraction. I have found his counsel and example to be inspiring. But this is the first work that I have read by him that does not delve into that subject. Allberry provides a co...

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‘Evangelicals and the Bible’ A History Symposium to honor David Bebbington

I am so glad that I serve a church that allows me time off for personal improvement. This past week, I ran off to Baylor University in Waco, Texas. The university was hosting a symposium in honor of my PhD supervisor David Bebbington. David recently retired from the University of Stirling and is completing one final semester teaching at Baylor (at least for now). Thomas Ki...

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New Elder!

We are pleased to introduce, Michael Hutchison our newest elder to the community. Mike was confirmed by our congregation this past Sunday. If you haven't gotten to know him yet, make sure you do. Below is a brief biography. Thanks for serving us, brother! Mike Hutchison, Elder Mike grew up in a really small town (Pratt, 660 people) in rural West Virginia and came to fa...

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Is He worthy?

Last year I had the privilege of attending the Sing! Conference. At one point, Andrew Peterson came to the stage to sing his song 'Is He Worthy?' from his album, Resurrection Letters, Vol. 1. If you are unfamiliar with the song, it is a confession of call and response from the congregation. The song begins with an admission that we live in a broken world and we are compl...

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Eric Geiger’s 10 Commandments for College Students

Many of us have children that are headed back to college. Eric Geiger is one of my favorite authors and researchers. He sent out a list this past week that shows a practical use of the Ten Commandments for college students. I shared this with my daughters and thought I would share it with you. http://ericgeiger.com/2019/08/10-commandments-for-college-students/ By the...

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And we are off …

We broke ground for our new education building last Sunday. It was a wonderful evening or prayer, fellowship and celebration with delicious Handel's ice cream. Psalm 127:1-5 (ESV) 1Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. 2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go ...

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A Time to Rejoice

Ecclesiastes 3:1 'For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. It seems appropriate to acknowledge the wisdom literature of the scriptures as we celebrate our ground-breaking this Sunday evening. God is so good to us. The education ministry of Providence is a primary tool that we use to make disciples. Jesus instructed that Christians s...

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Work, Leadership and Making Disciples

I have been contemplating this past Sunday's sermon and I wonder if I made the connection between leadership and disciple making strong enough. I said that the call to make disciples automatically puts us into the 'leadership' category because we are leading others to Christ. Too often, the thought of making disciples is regulated to evangelism or an initial gospel prese...

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The Move is On!

This week marks a new challenge in the life of our church. First the good news: The portables are gone!!!! Second, the bad news, the portables are gone. That means over the next six to eight months all of our adult Sunday School classes and youth classes will be meeting in the sanctuary and all of our children's classes will be scattered throughout the main building. Our ...

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