Pastor's Blog

Climate Change ?

On Wednesday Night, Jun 29th, at 6:30pm, we will study “Manmade Climate Change.” I was recently sent an advertisement from a website and organization called “sciencemoms.com.”  These “Science Moms” identify themselves as “a group of nonpartisan climate scientists and mothers, working to give our children the planet they deserve… Together, we aim to demystify climate science and motivate everyday moms to demand climate change plans and solutions that preserve the planet for our kids… Climate change (aka global warming) is real, and our kid’s future is at risk” 

     The advertisement that I was sent involved electric vehicles. It told Moms to “swap carbon-polluting stuff for clean stuff… consider switching to an electric vehicle… in the U.S., most of our pollution comes from transportation. The good news is, electric vehicles are becoming more affordable…” 

     Are Electric Vehicles a Real Solution to Manmade Climate Change?  

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Help Wanted: Christian Leaders

On Wednesday Night, Jun 22nd, at 6:30pm, we will study “Church Leadership.” For the last several decades, the leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention have reported that around 70% of SBC churches are NOT growing. They are “plateaued” or declining and each year around 1000 Southern Baptist churches close their doors. The solutions to these problems proposed by SBC leaders are:  plant new churches and revitalize older churches. One of the constant needs that you hear from church planters and church revitalizers is "We need LEADERS... both ministers and lay leaders... churches need a 'pipeline' (or an intentional process) for developing leaders."        Therefore, our Wednesday Night Question of the Week will be:

           How does the church get more Leaders?   

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The Melchizedek Mystery?

On Wednesday Night, June 15th, at 6:30pm, we will study "Melchizedek." I've been asked to lead a study on a mysterious character from the Old Testament called Melchizedek. He is referred to in Genesis 14, Psalm 110, and in the New Testament Book of Hebrews. Melchizedek is described in these Scriptures as being a king and a priest who stands at the right hand of the Lord and is “without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life.” 

     Our Wednesday Night Question of the Evening: 

           Who is this mysterious Melchizedek? 


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Sexual Abuse & the SBC

   On Wednesday Night, June 8th, we will have an update on "Sexual Abuse and the SBC." Back on February 10, 2019, we had a Wednesday Night Study that resulted from a 3 part series in the Houston Chronicle called "Abuse of Faith" documenting how over the last 20 years there have been around 380 Southern Baptist Church leaders and volunteers who have been accused of sexual misconduct against more than 700 victims. The offenders include Pastors, Youth Ministers, Music Ministers, Sunday School Teachers, Deacons, and Church Volunteers. From those accusations, there are around 220 offenders who have been convicted, took plea deals, or whose cases were still pending. The newspaper claimed that other offending ministry leaders are still serving in SBC churches today.

     Beyond the offenses at these churches, the victims blame several past presidents and prominent leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention for ignoring or downplaying these incidents of abuse.

     Last year at the annual meeting of the SBC in Nashville, the majority of messengers from the churches voted to create a Sex Abuse Task Force appointed by the SBC President, Ed Litton, to oversee the work of an independent investigation company called Guidepost Solutions. On Sunday, May 22, 2022, after a seven month investigation, Guidepost released a 288 page report with various recommendations which will be reviewed at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the SBC in Anaheim, CA on June 12-15.

     Our Wednesday Night "Question of the Week" will be: How will the recommendations of the Sex Abuse Task Force affect the ministries of Northlake Baptist Church?     

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Special Announcement

There will be NO Wednesday Night Services for June 1st, 2022 at Northlake Baptist Church. Our Audio/Visual system will be receiving a much needed upgrade. Also, please continue to pray for our youth who are away this week attending their Youth Retreat in Panama City Beach. We look forward to gathering again with you on Sunday !

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