Last Sermon in “Your Questions” Series

On Sunday I’m delivering the last sermon in the series “Your Questions, His Answers.”   We are going to look at the question “Is Abortion Wrong?”  This subject is very emotional on different levels, so it would be too easy and manipulative to appeal to people’s heart strings or guilty feelings to create an emotional experience.   That feels cheap.

Instead, I want us to logically look at Scriptures that apply to this subject, and allow the Scripture to do its work in us.

I want to assure you, that Sunday will be a safe place for you to worship, take communion and receive teaching on Scripture that will make your love Christ more.

Join me at either 9:00 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. to hear the Word and connect with Christ.

Why do we have a church bulletin?

Every church I’ve attended provided a folded bulletin as I’ve entered a service.   Why?   The obvious reason is to disperse information. But over the years, the bulletin has developed into something more – a graphic design statement, a place for the pastor to put an editorial, an item for greeters to have in their hand, reading material to occupy visitor’s time.

Where did this start?

With Albert Blake Dick’s invention of stencil duplicating in 1884, the order of worship began to be printed and distributed.[1] Thus was born the famous “Sunday morning bulletin.”   This bulletin was modeled like the theatre programs people received in their entertainment districts.

So, bulletins got really complicated.  Bulletins got very expensive.
Bulletins started takin up LOTS OF TIME for pastors and support staff (which meant it cost the church even more money).

And church members get really upset with punctuation mistakes and misspellings in their bulletin.
And church members got even more upset when their announcement didn’t make the bulletin cut.

And it got more complicated . . .

Church events couldn’t be cancelled if they had been printed in the bulletin.
Some churches began to attach discounts to restaurants to their bulletin.
Entire companies were then formed to help churches create bulletins.

Then, along came something often called the digital revolution.

Announcements projected on the screen.  E-mails.  Facebook.  You Version.  Twitter.   Blogs.  There are many, many ways to get our information without preparing a bulletin.

Still, printing on paper is effective and needed.   However, it doesn’t have to be a folded program arranged like a “play bill.”

Something to ponder.

[1] Ferguson, Everett. Early Christians Speak: Faith and Life in the First Three Centetries, 3rd ed. Abilene, TX: A.C.U. Press, 1999.
Frank Viola;George Barna. Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices (Kindle Locations 2860-2861). Kindle Edition.

Who Leads CIL?

From time to time, someone will ask:

– Who is on the Leadership Board?


– Who are the Elders of the church?

We have these listed on our web-site under “Leadership“, but I thought it would be healthy to post it on this blog to give this list even more exposure.  I’m blessed and honored to work with these great men and women:

Full Time Staff:
• Aaron Allison: Lead Pastor
• David Huff: Associate Pastor / Youth Pastor
• Penny Simms:  Office Manager / Worship Leader

Part-Time Staff:

• DeAnna Powell:  Children’s Director / HELP (Mother’s Day Out) Director
• Beth Allison: Worship Leader

Elders / Pastors
Aaron Allison
Doug Bagwell
David Huff
Daniel Robertson

Leadership Board
Here is a list of all our current Leadership Board members and their remaining terms as of January 1, 2012

Gail Boyd (1 year)
Joe Keller (1 year)
Chris Taylor (1 year)
Doug Bagwell (2  years)
Jay Edgerton (2  years)
Deborah Jackson (2  years)
Kenny Powell ( 2  years)
Aaron Allison (Indefinite Term)

The church Overseers for 2011-2012

Pastor Brent Batson – Church of the Springs (Dripping Springs, TX)
Pastor John McKinzie – Hope Fellowship (Frisco, TX)
Pastor Ronnie Meek –  Springhouse Art and Worship Center (Smyrna, TN)

Please pray for these men and women as they follow the Lord’s leadership for CIL.

Tonight’s Teaching on Miracles

I’m working through I Corinthians 12 on Wednesday nights, as we discover the “manifestations” of the Holy Spirit.   On Wednesday, April 25, I’ll be teaching on “Miracles” as listed in I Corinthians 12:10.   This teaching and time of prayer will be a way for your faith in God to be strengthened.

We have a great night planned for children and youth, also.  Each Wednesday from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. we design services so you can connect with Jesus and other Christians.   Join me tonight for this great experience together!

Haiti Trip Update

Recently, Dr. Matt Tincher came to CIL to recruit people for a “Hendersonville City-Wide Mission Trip” to Haiti.   The trip is on!   I’m so excited about attending, and I’d love for you to come with me!  A group of us will be joining other Christians from Hendersonville October 4-11, 2012.

We’ll be giving medical care at 6 different orphanages, and connecting with local churches in Haiti.   The trip’s price is extremely reasonable.    If you have interest, contact me.  We need final commitments by June.

We’re committed to the people of Haiti!


Reasons This is A Great Monday

1.  My daughter Abbey turns 12 today.  She is an amazing young lady, who loves God and people.   I couldn’t be more proud of who God has made her. 

2. We had a great first meeting about VBS, under the leadership of Chip Johnson.  Chip brings great passion and leadership to this ministry.  It’s going to be a great outreach this summer (July 16-19).

3. The Texas Rangers are off to a smoking-hot start to the season.   They are 13-3 so far!

4. We have a great sign-up of teenagers for our “Getaway” Youth Beach Camp this June 1-4.   We’re going to have a record attendance this summer, and I’m expecting God to do great things!

5. I’ve been encouraged by a lot of people regarding the series “Your Questions, His Answers.”   Most people seem to enjoy this difficult subjects.   God’s grace has been among us.

6. Our vision meeting for children’s ministry was outstanding on Sunday night!  We have a great trio of leaders for children’s ministry in DeAnna Powell, Deborah Jackson and Greg Wilson.  You’ll be hearing more about this soon. 

7. It’s neat to feel the excitement of Nashville over the Predators.   Stanley Cup here we come! (hopefully).

8. I look forward to teaching more about the manifestations of the Spirit as found in 1 Corinthians 12 this Wednesday.  

New Address for CIL

I don’t get a whole lot of “snail” mail anymore, but there are still lots of packages, letters and correspondence that comes to the church.   For the last few years we have been anticipating a new address because when they opened up Indian Lake Boulevard, we were the only property with a “Callender Lane” address.   The city finally figured that out, and our new address is:

1004 Drakes Creek Road
Hendersonville, TN 37075

So, there it is!

Same Church.  Same Building.  Same Location.  New address.

Haiti Trip Meeting on April 11

Wouldn’t it be great to be on a mission trip with Christians from various churches in the same city?

I desire to take a group from CIL to Haiti so we can participate in a Hendersonville City-Wide Mission Trip through the Community Pastor’s Association from October 6-12, 2012.  Everyone is invited to participate, but we especially need those who have medical skills.

There will be an informational meeting on Wednesday, April 11th after the Wednesday night service with Dr. Matt Tichner, who is organizing this trip.   Please join me in “The Study” at 7:45 p.m. after church.