Weekly Updates

Weekly Update 04/06/2021
April 9th, 2021
Greetings!I’m reminded this week of how much I love spring, especially spring in Memphis! It’s absolutely beautiful today, as I see trees bursting forth with leaves against the backdrop of a blue sky. I know clouds and rain will come, but the sight of such beauty reminds us of the time when there’s no more night, darkness, storms, or trials. The resurrection declares it so!What a wonderful weekend...
Weekly Update 03/23/2021
March 25th, 2021
Greetings!Our new STINT study is tomorrow night for the ladies and the teenagers (notice the shift in the students’ week). Devoted to God by Sinclair Ferguson is a clear book that walks through some of the key passages for living the Christian life. It’s my go-to book on the subject! I’m thankful that we’ve gotten started working through it. With this biblical exposition on key texts, we’re also h...
Weekly Update 03/09/2021
March 10th, 2021
Greetings!We’ve enjoyed the lovely spring days that have come a little early after the frigid temperatures we endured for a while. I think my yard will be beckoning my attention before I know it.Pray for the membership weekend classes taking place this Friday and Saturday, as the elders lead these times with some interested in knowing more about membership at South Woods.I will appreciate you pray...
Weekly Update 02/23/2021
February 23rd, 2021
Greetings!What a week! It has been many years since we’ve been housebound due to snow and ice but we survived quite well. We were just a day away from the parking lot at church being clear enough to meet last Sunday. Now it’s clear! So, we look forward to catching up where we left off in the book of Acts (6:1–7) and worshiping together.Tomorrow night at 6:30, our ongoing study in Gentle & Lowly wi...
Weekly Update 02/16/2021
February 18th, 2021
Greetings!I’m looking out my 2nd floor study at my house and see a roof covered with snow. That’s not normal Memphis! This morning as I glanced at the weather, I read the temperature: 1 degree. That’s more like Minneapolis! The snow that began to fall on Sunday morning remains on the ground. It put a dent in being able to have our 3rd service on Sunday at 11:00 but otherwise, we are able to contin...
Weekly Update 02/10/2021
February 13th, 2021
Good morning,Pastor Phil reminded us this weekend that the gospel––that which the Apostles' witnessed to––can be opposed by the world, can sometimes be distorted by God's people, and in other cases, can be entirely lost. Those responses to the gospel all happened throughout the history of the church. Because we face similar realities in our day, the message of Acts 5 helps to reorient us. Speaking...
Weekly Update 02/02/2021
February 3rd, 2021
Good afternoon,It'd be tough to construct a starker contrast than the one portrayed between the generosity of Barnabas in Acts 4 and Ananias and Sapphira's duplicity in Acts 5. Chris taught from the latter this weekend with appropriate intensity, that which proceeds from a text that lovingly warns God's people. J. C. Ryle continues to ring in my ears: "Whatever else we are in religion, let us be t...
Weekly Update 01/26/2021
January 26th, 2021
Greetings!January is almost behind us as we plow into 2021, with all the challenges and opportunities ahead. I’m thankful that we do so with the certainty of God’s grace at work with His people.This Sunday night, January 31st at 6:00, Joe Accardo will be preaching the 2nd message in a series of six sermons on Habakkuk, in our monthly Sunday night service led by our pastoral mentees. Jim Carnes pro...
Weekly Update 01/19/2021
January 19th, 2021
Greetings!We’ve continued to have a fruitful time of study and discussion of Dane Ortlund’s Gentle & Lowly during our Wednesday night gatherings. We’ve met with men’s and ladies’ on alternating nights, with the teenagers joining the men’s night study. Jim Carnes will be teaching the men tomorrow night at 6:30 on chapters 16 & 17. It’s great to have this additional opportunity to see and talk with ...
Weekly Update 01/12/2021
January 13th, 2021
Good afternoon,Sunday gave us the opportunity to gather so that we might petition our King, listen to Him speak, and worship Him as His people. If you were unable to join us, you can read, watch, or listen to the service here.During that sermon, I illustrated one of the points by recalling a conversation I had with Ms. Pernie Hester a few years ago. I actually thought about that conversation fitti...