Leading Others; Leading Self

My first call experience with a church was pleasant. The search committee was clear and respectful. The people were enjoyable…

Encouraging people to move along, setting boundaries in ministry, and practicing self-care

In 52 BCE, Julius Caesar stated, “Experience is the teacher of all things.” This statement rings true for me 2069…

A Benediction for Peace

People of God, May you be the water that brings life wherever you go. Ladling water onto tired, parched lips.…

The Challenging, Joyful Task of Adopting a New Church Name

Starting a church has both joys and challenges. One recent challenge, which also brought incredible joy to our congregation, was…

Why I am a CBF Baptist by Kyle Tubbs

  I was a freshman in college and decided to visit a local Baptist church. My adjunct New Testament professor,…

A roundtable discussion with CBF church starters (Part 2)

The following is a roundtable discussion between the pastors of Grace Baptist Church, a CBF church start in Round Rock,…

Newly commissioned CBF church starters share their visions for ministry

Why? As an analytical person, I tend to ask the ‘why’ question of just about everything. Why did Jesus have…

A Grace Welcome: NA, Self-Help and Grace

 A Sunday at Grace People look for different things in a church. Places of worship are selected based on membership…

A Lenten Welcome: On Self-control and Discipline

We are now in our second Sunday of Lent, and this season of self-denial has really got me thinking about…

From the CBF Blog: Round table discussion with CBF church start pastors

The following is a round-table discussion among the pastors of CBF church start, Grace Baptist Church, in Round Rock, Texas.…

The Shining Word “And”

A poem from The Naked Now, by Richard Rhor:  "And" teaches us to say yes "And" allows us to be…

A Grace Welcome by Lela Maxey Wallis

  To be honest, for me it feels like climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to get our family to church on a…

A Grace Welcome: At the River Clarion

 Image Via here Today the Gospel reading gives us the account of Jesus’ baptism at the River Jordan. Around the…

Focus

Watch this homily given by lead pastor, Rev. Kyle Tubb's, in Grace's first foray into the youtube world! "Has God…

A Grace Welcome: Look Deeper

I was recently in Oregon with a friend of mine, and we spent our first full day hiking around a…

A Eucharist Reflection on the Good, Better, and Best

For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night…

Why CBF?

“Why start a church with CBF?” This inquisitive question is one I get from people in our church, the community,…

A Grace Welcome: Playing Hide and Seek with God

Good morning and welcome to Grace. Here at Grace we follow what's called the "church year," or "liturgical year" or…

Faithfulness over Success

Halfway through our first year as a church, a little bit of pressure started to mount: Should our membership be…

A Grace Welcome: Nicknames

This week I found myself thinking about nicknames. I’ve had many nicknames over the years, but the nickname that has…

A Grace Welcome: For Memorial Day

There are these people. A certain segment of our population. Looking at the statistics, you can't help but think these…

A Grace Welcome on Mother’s Day

Today is Mother’s Day.  This is a time we celebrate motherhood.  If there’s any one thing that all people have…

Five things church starters need

People often ask me as a church starter: What do you need? Here is a list of my honest answers:…

Does our church love hurting people?

I saw a church marquee that had a chuckle-worthy tagline. It said: St. So-and-so Church: “We love hurting people.” I…

A Grace Welcome on Resurrection Sunday

We have been immersed in the somber, penitential season of Lent for quite some time now, and all last week…

Caught Up In My Own Snare

This page was blank. It had endless possibilities: Pictures, foreign words, scribbles, symbols. Now it has ink on it. No…

How do I see?

The sky is fickle: Bright then dark. I need some sunshine to ignite my track. Without clarity how will purpose…

The Grace in Grace Baptist Church

It's right there, front and center in our name, "Grace." It's a catchy word. A buzzword. One of those words…

Planting trees, casting shade and producing fruit

My dogs love playing in the backyard — running, barking and wrestling. The spring season is the best time for…

A Grace Welcome: First Sunday of Lent

Good morning and welcome to Grace Baptist Church. I'd also like to welcome you to a new season in our…

Preserving our saltiness as a church plant

The Gospel reading from church on Sunday challenged our church plant: Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth;…

A Grace Welcome

Grace has been meeting publicly for a year now. And we've been doing it not because it's our tradition to…

A church member left me a one-of-a-kind voicemail

A couple of weeks ago, I received a rather eventful voicemail from a church member: “Hey man, got a crazy…

Rev. Kyle Tubbs reflects on his dog and passing the peace of Christ

When there is a storm outside at night, I do not get much sleep. I know what you are thinking,…

A welcome for Grace: On Aurelia’s ordination

Good morning and welcome to Grace Baptist Church. I would especially like to welcome our guests here this morning. Thank you…

A Grace welcome: Shoes make a difference in Advent

I'm sure you've heard the phrase "walking a mile in someone else's shoes." Well, sometimes you may walk the same…

A Grace welcome: By George Brown, to his daughters

Welcome....is a very common greeting or term of acceptance or receiving. It's on our door mats, our name-tags, and on…

How will you create with God today?

“If you were not on staff at your own church, would you attend your church?” asked the speaker to a…

Grace’s First Child Dedication Service

Thanksgiving is drawing near, so it seemed completely fitting to honor the children of Grace that we are so very…

Why I Don’t Mind the Pounds I’ve Gained as a Church Starter

This post was originally published on the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Blog. My waistline in growing, and I think it has…

De Colores!

I love my family, and I love my church family, but they are very different. I love my family who…

A Grace Welcome: Mall Memories

I have this memory as a child of going to the mall with my family. It always seemed like a…

Wipe on, wipe off.

Wipe on, wipe off. If you've ever seen the karate kid, you'll be familiar with this phrase. Daniel is eager…

Welcome Michael Evans!

Grace is so excited to finally welcome our new Pastor of Worship and Arts, Michael Evans. Here are some pictures…

Easter Sunday 2013

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Taize Chants for Feb. 24 Service

To signify the penitential, anticipatory season of Lent, we will be singing the Taize Chant “Wait for the Lord” at the…

A Grace Welcome: Why ask why?

  Lately I’ve been thinking about how there is really something beautiful and mysterious in learning a lesson from a…

Grace Gathering: Taize Christmas Service – 12.19.12

On December 19, Grace held it's final Grace Gathering in the form of a Taize Christmas service. We reflected on…

First Celebrations

We are in a season of "firsts."  We recently had our "first" fellowship, "first" Grace Gathering, and look forward to…

Grace Gathering (10.3.12)

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A prayer for Grace Baptist: the Traffic is Loud

The traffic is loud; Not just here, but in our lives.   The hustle of commitment is overwhelming. Jobs and…