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Pastoral Articles

Charged with the responsibility of overseeing the church, the elders are constantly evaluating their faithfuless to God’s calling. Writing is one means of fulfilling the mandate to shepherd God’s flock. To this end, the elders occasionally publish articles to inform, encourage, and edify God’s people at BBC.
Giving as Worship

Giving as Worship

In 2020 (who could forget?!), COVID-19 interrupted our corporate worship, in several ways. Initial online sermons, as we were sequestered at home, were eventually (thankfully) replaced with corporate, albeit reduced, gathering, which was eventually replaced with...

Church Membership and the Church Directory

Church Membership and the Church Directory

Church membership is of immense importance to the spiritual health of the Christian and therefore the spiritual health of the local church. For this reason, we at Brackenhurst Baptist Church take membership seriously. This is evident in many ways, including our...

Elder Brother Religion

Elder Brother Religion

During his earthly sojourn, Jesus hated self-righteousness. He still does. He hated it in the Pharisee who prayed, “Lord I thank you that I am not like this other guy. Eish, he’s such a sinful mess, I’m so glad I am nothing like him. How happy that I have no need for...

We are Busy, with You

We are Busy, with You

I was recently privy to a sensitive congregational meeting at another local church. The pastor handled it extremely wisely and well. At one point, he made the comment that he was aware that many in the church would require some extra pastoral attention. He then...

10 Reasons Not to Join Brackenhurst Baptist Church

10 Reasons Not to Join Brackenhurst Baptist Church

Now there is a provocative title. And it is meant to be, because I want to helpfully provoke our thinking concerning what we should increasingly be as a local church. I also want to helpfully provoke those looking for a local church to know what they can expect in the...

A Network of Pillars

A Network of Pillars

Many in the ancient world shared a common view that the mountains were pillars, which served as buttresses to hold up the atmospheric canopy above. If those mountains were removed, the skies would come crashing to earth in a great deluge. When Solomon constructed the...

Eat to Grow

Eat to Grow

“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified...

Suffering and Safety

Suffering and Safety

Recently, Jill and I were at the Donald Gordon Hospital for an appointment. As we pulled into the all-too-familiar parking lot, I said, “It’s strange, but this hospital has been for me a place both of suffering and security. Though I suffered here, I felt safe here.”...

Integrity and Christian Discipleship

Integrity and Christian Discipleship

The divorce rate, we’ve all been told, is no different among professing Christians than those of the world. “One out of two marriages, including ‘Christian’ marriages ends in divorce,” we are often reminded. It makes for shocking headlines, except for the fact that...