Pastor’s Paragraphs: July 21, 2017

Sunday we participate in the “Baby Bottle Boomerang.”  Far more than just a catchy title, this phrase carries with it a very serious purpose.  It is our way of adding financial support to the First Choice Women’s Center of Montgomery.  They do a magnificent job of assisting ladies in crisis pregnancy offering an alternative to abortion and of sharing the Gospel Message with each client.  I am proud we can offer support to this ministry and urge you to bring a gift in the baby … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Paragraph’s: July 14, 2017

I was most pleased with the response Sunday evening to our discipleship study in homes across Montgomery and the surrounding area.  It’s not too late for others to join in a discussion oriented focus on how “ordinary Christians” should live.  That term is used because it has become easy to assume God will send “extra-ordinary Christians” to do the real work of Christianity while others just become church members.  But that isn’t the Biblical picture nor does it work in the … [Read more...]

“Happy Birthday, America”

Let me offer this tribute to our Independence Day, July 4th.  Yet, did you know it was actually on July 2nd when America broke from Great Britain? Two days later, the Declaration of Independence was signed, which is why we celebrate the occasion on the 4th of July.   As you have opportunity over the coming days I urge you to read again the lyrics to our national anthem.  While most of us know the first stanza of anthem, few know the other three. Nor do many know the history … [Read more...]

Our Pastor’s Retirement Announcement

Twenty-three years ago this week, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, I became your Pastor.  It was the beginning of an absolutely wonderful journey with our Lord and the Eastern Hills Baptist family.  Now it is time for me to share with you some words about our future.  Some of you know that my ministry as a Pastor is not only my twenty-three years here, but twenty-two years before that.  In fact, it was in June forty-five years ago I became Pastor of a small church … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Paragraph’s: June 30, 2017

Some of you follow events of our convention more closely than others.  You have heard discussion about a resolution at the recent Southern Baptist Convention which I would like to address briefly.  A messenger proposed a resolution to the convention condemning “alt-right white supremacy groups.”  It was initially rejected because of poor wording and because the convention has spoken on many occasions to reject racism in all forms.  The reason for mentioning this matter is … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Paragraphs: June 23, 2017

We are in the midst of an exciting VBS. Like many of you, I can clearly remember some strong spiritual impressions which came to me through VBS. I am confident the same will be true for the children we were privileged to have this week. Join me in a huge thanks to our teachers, youth assistants, support teams, ministers, office staff and especially Brother Greg! June has been an incredible month for missions events as well as VBS. You will recall our Youth Choir and Carpenters for Christ … [Read more...]

Tribute to Dr. William (Bill) Dodson, Jr.: Pastor 1956 – 1959

Can you imagine a construction team trying to erect a building when the foundation had not been dug sufficiently or in straight lines with right angle corners?  Either someone would have to go back and start over to correct the errors or build on a foundation which might not hold up the structure. Such is the issue which comes to mind when I think of my predecessor over sixty years ago who served as the first Pastor of Eastern Hills Baptist Church.  To those of us Pastors who have … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Paragraphs: June 16, 2017

How exciting it will be to have two outstanding teams returning home from their mission work.   We welcome our Youth Choir early this week and hearing their Homecoming Concert.   Late this week our Carpenter’s for Christ return from a successful project in Louisiana.  We are most grateful as a church for the commitment, support and prayers which made these ventures for our Lord possible. On Sunday it will be our joy to celebrate Father’s Day.  Not only is it a … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Paragraphs: June 9, 2017

Once again this week our church is sending out mission teams. Our Youth Choir will be in East Tennessee for the coming week while our Carpenters for Christ are in Louisiana.  Please remember these groups in prayer for the success of their ministry.  You will want to be present next Wednesday evening for the Youth Choir Homecoming Concert. I am preparing a teaching message for Sunday evening on our Baptist heritage.  Many will be away due to the trips mentioned above.  … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Paragraphs: June 2, 2017

Welcome Cara Walker and Kyle Allen.  It will be a joy to have these two outstanding leaders who you met Sunday joining us as Student Interns for the summer.  We have seen through the years what an asset our interns can be working with the students.  It is a “win – win”, both for our youth as well as for them.  During the summer, they will be able to spend more specific time ministering in Bible studies and other events with boys and girls separately as well as quality … [Read more...]