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What Are We Without Our Volunteers?

By Tanner Watson | December 1, 2022

Howdy!  If you have ever attended any kind of service or event at First Baptist Arlington, I would say there is a 100% chance that you were served in some way by a volunteer.  The person who greeted you at the door, sang to you from the stage, told you where to park, ran slides…

Apologetics: Why Does It Matter?

By Tanner Watson | November 15, 2022
Apologetics: Why Does it Matter

Initial Thoughts Howdy!  Apologetics comes from the Greek word “ἀπολογία” which means to speak in defense.  It is an ancient discipline dating back to the 1st and 2nd centuries when early Christians were writing persuasively in defense of the faith.  It is a practice that has endured through the centuries into the modern era.  Today,…

Connect with Your Teenager

By Chelsea Judkins | November 10, 2022
Connect with your Teenager

It can be quite a challenge to connect with your teenager. The teenage years come with a lot of tensions, a lot of already-but-not-quite-yets. Teens grow in independence and autonomy, making their own decisions and forming their own opinions… but they also need you to do basic things like sign them up for Drivers Ed…

Lessons From the Pit

By Tanner Watson | November 7, 2022
Lessons From the Pit

What does BBQ have to do with Jesus? Howdy!  If you know me, you know that I love BBQ.  I am a FIRM believer that Texas easily has the best Q in the world.  The pinnacle of BBQ (brisket, ribs, and sausage) is called the “Texas Trinity” for a reason!  My love for this Texas…

Diversify Your Media

By Tanner Watson | November 3, 2022
Diversify Your Media

Why Am I Thinking What I Am Thinking? Howdy!  Have you ever noticed how we are so easily swayed by the media we consume?  I often feel like the book that I am currently reading or the podcast I am currently listening to dictate a lot of what goes through my head on a day-to-day…

Dwell in the Presence of God

By Chelsea Judkins | November 3, 2022

In 2016, our team began dreaming about a retreat just for girls in the youth ministry. The fall semester is full of so much good stuff- so much so, that it can be overwhelming. Between demanding schoolwork, band, cheer, choir, theater, volleyball, and more… plus, trying to maintain relationships with friends and family and get…

The Night Cometh

By Tanner Watson | October 26, 2022
The Night Cometh

Howdy!  If you are walking around outside of Truett Theological Seminary you will likely pass the clock tower at the North-East corner of the building.  On that clock tower, the words “the night cometh” are inscribed.  This is a quote from Jesus found in John 9:4. The full verse reads: “We must carry out the…

By Your Love

By Chelsea Judkins | October 26, 2022
By Your Love

This past week, Tanner brought a great message at The Break about the love we are called to in 1 Corinthians 13. Afterward, I sat with a delightful group of freshman girls as we processed through our discussion questions. By your love – it’s an important phrase. One of the questions in our list was…

Students Become Friends

By Tanner Watson | October 12, 2022
Students Become Friends

Howdy!  I am sitting here in San Antonio, Texas this morning.  Kurt and I are attending Conclave, a conference for pastors serving children, students, and families.  I am super excited to share what we learned and discussed here in San Antonio, but that isn’t the reason I am writing today.  Instead, I wanted to celebrate…

What a Good Father

By Chelsea Judkins | October 11, 2022
Good Father

Life with two littles is full of good-natured chaos, phrases I never thought I’d need to say, and a new awareness of potential danger. When Lucy started crawling at six months, we babyproofed our home. We put cabinet locks over our cleaning supply storage. We bought outlet covers and moved anything breakable out of reach.…