Monday Over Coffee: "Anticipation"

Posted June 26, 2023 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

One of my favorite photographs of my son, Hank, is one in which he's about three years old and sitting on a tram running from the parking lot to the front entrance of Disneyland. Hank had been bouncing off the walls in excitement that he'd be spending the day at the famous amusement park, but now on board the tram, with the attractions just in the distance, he suddenly became incredibly…

Monday Over Coffee: "Commencing"

Posted June 19, 2023 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

Our bright-eyed students have crossed the stage and flung their curiously-shaped hats high up into the air with great energy. It's now time to gather up all the sage and inspiring commencement remarks offered to these graduates and their dewy-eyed parents from all across our country and to choose the best of them.

Sodzo Update – June 2023

Posted June 13, 2023 by SMBC in Missions

Habari (Hello) from Kenya! It has been a blessing to see the growth of Sodzo's work firsthand during our trip this May/June. Here are a few brief stories and quotes to give you a hint of the way lives are being changed through your support.

Monday Over Coffee: "Play"

Posted June 12, 2023 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

I was seriously dedicated to playing when I was a little kid. Seriously dedicated. I'd play in the living room, down the hall, in my room. But what I really loved was playing outside. In the backyard. In the front yard. In the vacant lot down the street. In our driveway. On my bike. At school recess. With the dog. Even in the nearby bayou. I played with a holy fervor.

Monday Over Coffee: "Due Date"

Posted June 5, 2023 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

If you ask me to do something—a task, a project—you'll almost always get a polite question in return. Maybe it's kind of annoying, but the question you'll hear back is: "When is it due?" I know it sounds a little juvenile, like a student asking the teacher if this is going to be on the test, but I ask the question because I know myself. Whether the answer is it's due tomorrow, next…

Monday Over Coffee: "At the Proving Point"

Posted May 30, 2023 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

In a courtroom, one of the most effective arguments a lawyer can make to a jury is the old adage—actions speak louder than words. If the argument fits the fact pattern of the case, evidence, and testimony, this works almost every time because it simply rings true. Many a lawsuit, many a dispute, many a conflict come down to an issue of whether a person, an organization, or a company did what…

Monday Over Coffee: "Tribe"

Posted May 22, 2023 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

Sebastian Junger seems afraid of very little. With a newly-minted degree in cultural anthropology, he embarked on a career as a freelance writer, researching a series of hazardous subjects. In a participatory way that routinely risked both life and limb, Junger studied, then wrote about some of the most dangerous things human beings do. His first book, The Perfect Storm, was a riveting account…

Thank You from our High School Seniors

Posted May 17, 2023 by SMBC in Family Ministry

Your encouragement, love, and prayers for young people at South Main are making a difference! As we recently heard from our high school graduates, their growing faith and trust in God has a solid foundation and they are ready to go with God's blessing and grace. We are so proud of them! The class of 2023 wants to share these words of thanksgiving with you.

Monday Over Coffee: "Thrum & Scrum"

Posted May 15, 2023 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

While we're commanded to set aside a particular day—the Sabbath—to rest just as God did following God's own work of creation, it's interesting God doesn't give us any further specific instructions to follow with respect to any other day of the week.

Monday Over Coffee: "Baggage"

Posted May 8, 2023 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

Not terribly long ago, our family packed our bags and went to Chicago. During our visit to the Art Institute of Chicago, one particular exhibit made a deep impression on me. Oddly, it was housed in the basement of the museum. The Thorne Collection was commissioned in the 1930's by Narcissa Thorne, a Windy City heiress with a fondness for dollhouses. Her collection is made up of a…

Monday Over Coffee: "The Courage to Encourage"

Posted May 1, 2023 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

Having just arrived for my first year in college, I was assigned to a small orientation group with seven other freshmen like myself and two friendly seniors who knew their way around campus. Over the next several days, we all got to know one another as the seniors led us through a series of discussions about where we were from, the challenges of college life, and what we might come…

Monday Over Coffee: "The Fullness of Reality"

Posted April 24, 2023 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

Imagine that you've just now joined an elephant, a mouse, a robin, an owl, a bat, a snake, a spider, a mosquito, and a bee inside the confines of a cavernous high school gymnasium. Do you have the picture? There you are—each in your own way—exploring the space together. Now: imagine the lights go out. This is how Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer, Ed Yong, opens his terrific book, An…

Monday Over Coffee: "Landing Instructions"

Posted April 17, 2023 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

Do you remember your yearbook quote from high school? Or if you haven't graduated yet, are you thinking of one for when the time comes? A number of publications and websites offer help with this momentous task, whether you're going for something funny, something inspirational, something sweet, something random, or something that's just memorable. Here are a few suggestions I found:

Monday Over Coffee: "Mistrust the Rush"

Posted April 10, 2023 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

A few weeks ago I was speaking to some friends about a controversial topic. And, as is often the case following such dialogues, the next day I replayed the conversation in my mind, thinking of all sorts of great things I should've said to make my points more emphatic and effective. Had I just been better able to marshal my righteous arguments, my fanciful thinking went, that rush of adrenaline…

New Role for Jennifer Gribble

Posted April 4, 2023 by SMBC in Discipleship, Missions

As Midtown Houston continues to experience a transformation, South Main's relationships with our neighbors are evolving. To help keep up with these changes, we are excited to announce that Jennifer Gribble will serve as South Main's Community Outreach Director. This brand new role on the Communications Team will focus on the surrounding community as well as guests that visit South Main.…

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Monday Over Coffee: "Calories that Count"

Posted April 3, 2023 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

I don't have a pedometer on my watch, but I know a lot of folks who do. Many of them judge their day as a victory or a defeat based on whether they hit their 10,000 steps or not. We all utilize somewhere between 1500 to 3000 calories to make our way through a typical day, and the number of steps we take and how much exercise we get makes a big difference as to whether we end up on the low or…

Monday Over Coffee: "Legibility"

Posted March 27, 2023 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

I like cemeteries, and there are some remarkable ones in our city. Glenwood in the Heights and Forest Park Woodlawn south of town are the most visually interesting. I recently visited Trinity Churchyard in Manhattan (where Alexander and Eliza Hamilton are buried) and always feel edified after a visit to historic Arlington National Cemetery outside of Washington, DC. The City of…

Monday Over Coffee: "Jude and Revelation"

Posted March 20, 2023 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

It was midnight on a Friday night when a local radio station began rolling out the Top 100 songs of all time. I was about ten and staying overnight at a friend's house with five others. We all played on the same youth basketball team, and despite the fact that we had a game the next morning at 8:00 AM, while the others began to doze off, I found myself mesmerized more and more each hour by…

Monday Over Coffee: "Please Remain Seated"

Posted March 13, 2023 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

Once it was for surreptitiously shuffling a serving of stewed squash off my dinner plate through the window of our kitchen and into an adjacent flower bed. More than once it was for quarreling with my sisters about the phone—there was only a single line for the whole family back then. Quite a few times it was for fighting with my brother. But each instance of misbehavior like these would lead…

Operación San Andrés Update

Posted March 7, 2023 by SMBC in Missions

The ministry efforts of Operación San Andrés (OSA) in Peru are built on the four pillars of Family, Education, Church, and Service. Within these pillars, educational enrichment of children and youth remains at the core of OSA's mission to alleviate the effects of poverty in Peru by transforming families through the love of Christ.