A Pastoral Plea: Read Article XV

Protests. Rallies. Looting. Speeches. We’ve seen them all recently. Each of these moments has been galvanizing and polarizing. As you read the...

The Book of James: Did You Know?

We are beginning a new sermon series today through the book of James. (Click for the video or audio of the overview sermon.) It is one of the most...

Technology: Helps & Hurts

On March 15, as the stay-at-home order came down, our elders were faced with a difficult question: how could we keep the flock together when we...
“The Word from the Pastor” is a weekly bulletin insert and blog that our pastor writes. Often, the topics include current events, theology, personal reflections, or meditative musings.
Bob Cratchit: The Anti-Scrooge

Bob Cratchit: The Anti-Scrooge

Each year, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I read the Charles Dicken’s short story, A Christmas Carol. For more than a decade now, I’ve enjoyed this classic as part of my holiday tradition. Its familiar phrases, quaint scenes, and uplifting seasonal message get me...

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The Legless Running Idol

The Legless Running Idol

I have fallen in love. I don’t know how else to explain it. I could use the words enjoy or relish. But nothing captures how I feel like that four-letter word: love. And what am I in love with? Running. Yes. As odd as it sounds, I’m here to confess: “My name is Tyler....

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Advice for College Students

Advice for College Students

Another semester is here. Young men and women from across the globe have descended on the Burg for another nine months. Most of us locals love what you students do to our economy while resenting what you do to our traffic (especially on Wards Road!) I, for one,...

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Sabbatical Takeaways

Sabbatical Takeaways

It was the great philosopher Arnold Schwarzenegger who said, “I’ll be back.” In July, I made that same promise (without the Austrian accent). Now it’s come true. Like it or not, I’m back! Back at FBC. Back in the pulpit. And back for another season of ministry. (For...

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Home Bittersweet Home

Home Bittersweet Home

Twelve days ago, the Scarlett Nation packed up our belongings and headed west. Sure, it was only 5.9 miles west, but it was west, nonetheless. Fifteen years after we bought it (almost to the day), we said goodbye to our Perrowville abode and migrated to The Fields on...

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On My Recent Weight Loss

On My Recent Weight Loss

Last September, I had my first physical in five years. Like a lot of guys who don’t have beach bods, I didn’t particularly want to go. I knew I should. But I didn’t want to. And so, the obvious thing happened: my wife made the appointment for me. As the old Chinese...

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SBC Scandal & FBC Efforts

SBC Scandal & FBC Efforts

Last Sunday, The Houston Chronicle published a lengthy report about a horrifying crisis within the Southern Baptist Convention of churches: sexual abuse and misconduct. The story was shocking. It was heartbreaking, disgusting, and horrifying. The more I read it, the...

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The Stable: A Fable?

The Stable: A Fable?

My wife collects nativity scenes. She owns all kinds: fragile family heirlooms, exotic ones from other countries, some that are hand-carved, plastic, wooden, expensive, and cheap. They all look different. And yet, each one also looks the same. There is Joseph, Mary,...

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