Monday over Coffee: "Love Songs"

Posted July 25, 2022 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

Do you have a favorite love song? A top three or four? Here are some of mine: "Something" (The Beatles), "God Only Knows" (The Beach Boys), "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" (The Police), "Tupelo Honey" (Van Morrison). There are lots of others, but what's hard to miss—whether you're listening to Percy Sledge or Hank Williams, Etta James or Taylor Swift, the Beatles or the Beach Boys—is…

Monday over Coffee: "It'll Be That Faint"

Posted July 18, 2022 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

This week, I'm traveling with my wife Kelly and our youngest son Charlie to his college orientation. And in the realization that he'll be leaving home soon for good, some deeply etched memories have been triggered within me—trips we took when the kids were little, first days of school, Little League games, and watching old movies together as a family.

Youth Reflection on Peru Trip

Posted July 12, 2022 by Dylan Ballard in Family Ministry, Missions

As a rising college freshman, I found the Peru trip to be truly the capstone of my youth group experience. For me, this trip encompassed every aspect of the youth group most important to me: community, faith, and service. Everything about this trip reinforced the ideas of faith that have been instilled in me throughout my years in the youth group. 

Monday Over Coffee: "Remove One"

Posted July 11, 2022 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

When you think of Chanel, if you think of Chanel at all, your mind might run to a picture of two interlocking Cs forming a distinctive gold clasp adorning one of the company's stylish black handbags. Perhaps you might conjure up an image of an austere yet iconic black sans serif Chanel No. 5 set against a clean white background elegantly affixed to the front of a perfectly beveled perfume…

Monday Over Coffee: "Not Yet Spent"

Posted July 4, 2022 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

The astonishing success of the Broadway musical Hamilton is something to behold. Somewhere between 3 and 4 million people have seen it in New York since it opened in the summer of 2015. At least another 5 to 6 million have seen an off-Broadway production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play as touring companies performed the show throughout the world. Another 3 million people saw it on the small…

Monday over Coffee: "You're Doing a Good Job"

Posted June 27, 2022 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

President Truman, age 80, had been out of office for more than a decade. Though he remained opinionated, even fiery at times on public matters, by 1964 he was, for the most part, enjoying his Missouri retirement in peace. Writing about this season of Truman's life, his biographer David McCullough related this about the former president:

2022 Youth Peru Mission Trip

Posted June 26, 2022 by SMBC in Family Ministry, Missions

Members of our rising high school senior class and rising college freshmen are spending this week in Collique, Peru, serving with Operación San Andrés, a Ministry of South Main, as their capstone experience in the Family Ministry. 

The Youth are leading the children in the community in games, Bible studies, songs, and small group activities and will also visit Colegio San Andrés, a…

Monday over Coffee: "Carry Each Other"

Posted June 20, 2022 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

Director Davis Guggenheim's 2011 documentary film entitled From the Sky Down looks back to 1990 and the making of Achtung Baby, the seventh studio album of the Irish rock band U2. To set the stage a little, after their success in the 1980s, the group was trying to reinvent themselves in the new decade but struggling to find direction. Seeking to capture some new dynamic energy, they traveled…

The 527 Tribe Mission Trip, Day 2

Posted June 13, 2022 by Jack Fowler and Dakota Navarrete in Family Ministry, Missions

Today we painted the home of a family from Grace Church in Edinburg, even though some of us have never done anything like that before. You could tell the mom, Ana, was so grateful by the look on her face. Mr. Jorge and Mr. George from Hearts4Kids taught us about the community and influenced us to keep serving. We learned about the systemic injustice that exists here and how many people live in…

Monday over Coffee: "Failures of Kindness"

Posted June 13, 2022 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

Joel Lovell of The New York Times Magazine wrote the following words concerning the nearly singular gifts of his friend, George Saunders and Saunders' short story collections, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline and Tenth of December: " read them and you feel known, if that makes any sense. Or, possibly even woollier, you feel as if he understands humanity in a way that no one else quite does,…

The 527 Tribe Mission Trip, Day 1

Posted June 11, 2022 by The 7th grade girls: Finley, Gracie, Linden, and Sidney in Family Ministry, Missions

Our day started bright and early with homemade Texas waffles, then we packed our lunches and loaded up the bus. On the way to our worksite at New Wine Church, we jammed out to some tunes and had a karaoke party. Today we partnered with Mr. Jose and his son, Mr. George, who are with Hearts4Kids. They gave us instructions, and we headed off to build 15 beds for families in the surrounding…

South Main Youth Mission Trip, Day 1

Posted June 11, 2022 by Noah, Saige, and Ben in Family Ministry, Missions

After a long bus ride yesterday, our group arrived at our hotel, appreciative of the fact we could finally sleep in a bed, rather than bumpy bus seats. The next day we woke up, ate breakfast, and had a devotional led by JT Spoede, where we read Matthew 5. We rode into Shaw, where we saw a town way different than Houston.

This Sunday Only - All Summer Long!

Posted June 8, 2022 by SMBC in Worship

Each Sunday this summer promises a remarkable and unrepeatable worship experience at South Main as a series of stellar preachers and teachers lead us from the pulpit.

Monday over Coffee: "The Fire"

Posted June 6, 2022 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

These past few weeks have featured a series of devastating events in our country. Somewhat dispirited and disoriented, I sought hope in an effort to bring me back to myself. I found some nestled within a volume of essays by Karen Swallow Prior called On Reading Well. In it, Prior takes her readers on a guided tour through several great works of literature which shine a spotlight on human…

Thank You, Music Minister Search Committee!

Posted June 4, 2022 by Nancy McNiel in Worship, Music

It is with a great debt of gratitude that I want to thank each of the members of the Music Minister Search Committee. Some represented the Personnel Committee, some represented the Music Ministry, but they all represented South Main Baptist Church. Every one of these members put in hours of work—listening, watching, and reviewing candidates' materials and preparing primary reviewer reports for…

The 527 Tribe Summer Mission Trip to the Rio Grande Valley

Posted June 3, 2022 by SMBC in Family Ministry, Missions

This summer The 527 Tribe is traveling to the Rio Grande Valley as part of a three-year cycle of exposure to rural communities unlike our own. These communities are impacted by poverty and systemic injustice. On Sundays we have grown our understanding of community, what gifts God has given us, and in what ways we are called to serve. We have also learned specifically about the culture of the…

South Main Youth Summer Mission Trip to Shaw, Mississippi

Posted June 2, 2022 by SMBC in Family Ministry, Missions

Our Youth group will travel to Shaw, Mississippi, to work alongside Delta Hands for Hope, whose mission is to empower and provide educational resources to school-aged children in the Mississippi Delta. Youth will help with the regular summer programming provided for children in the community and travel to Memphis to visit the Civil Rights Museum and Lorraine Motel. During this trip, members of…

Teenagers in Sunday School smiling

Monday over Coffee: "If other eyes grow dull..."

Posted May 30, 2022 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

Imagine those to the left and right of you succumbing to the bitter cold of Valley Forge as you reach the inevitable conclusion that this will be your fate as well. Imagine being called forward to advance from cover under heavy fire at Fredericksburg while, as one Union soldier put it, "it seemed as if a million bees were singing in the air." Consider what it must have been like to be a part…

Meditating over Psalm 10

Posted May 26, 2022 by Matt Walton in Discipleship, Family Ministry

With the news of another mass shooting, this time at an elementary school in Uvalde, I awoke today asking, "Where are you God, in the face of such evil?" We are all in grief over this tragedy, shocked again at such evil. As I struggled with this anguish my heart was drawn to the psalms of lament. Today I am praying Psalm 10, which begins with the psalmist asking why God stands far off when…

Minister for Music and Worship Announced: Adam Cogliano

Posted May 23, 2022 by Nancy McNiel and Steve Wells in Worship, Music, Pastor

We are beyond excited to announce Adam Cogliano has accepted the call to serve at South Main Baptist Church. Adam and his wife, Kelsey, will leave First Baptist Church in Dalton, Georgia, and move to Houston over the summer. He will begin to minister among us in August. We will share more details about the timeline and about Adam later in the summer. For now, please pray for Adam, Kelsey, the…