So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13) If you glanced through the Christian bestseller list for the past couple of years, I'd wager that you would find a mountain of books that discuss the love and faith mentioned in this verse. Less common … Continue reading A Double Shot of Hope
(This article was originally published at the blog of Reaching and Teaching International Ministries. You should check it out for helpful resources on evangelism and missions.) As Christianity in the West begins to lose some of its cultural influence, many Christians are wringing their hands in fear or anxiety. These are new waters for those … Continue reading Book Review: Evangelism as Exiles
All I ever knew about church leadership was the typical Southern Baptist model of having one senior pastor. Any other form of leadership seemed odd or not Baptist. That was until I learned in Bible college about this thing called "a plurality of elders." Since that time, plurality in church leadership has shifted from an … Continue reading Why I’m Thankful for a Plurality of Pastors
The annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention is less than two weeks away. In light of the recent disagreements and controversies that have taken center stage, I wanted to share a few hopes and prayers I have for our annual meeting. A Time of Repentance Just to be honest, a lot of the interaction … Continue reading My Hopes for the SBC
Memory is a powerful force. A memory from forty years ago may fill you with warm feelings every time you hear “White Christmas,” or that same song may bring memories of shouting and shattered glass. Our memories shape our perception of the world, and they affect our outlook on the future. Memory is an overlooked … Continue reading How’s Your Memory?
A person's ear can be trained to hear any number of sounds. For some, it's the cry of their own child. For bird lovers, it may be the unique calls and chirps of birds living around them. For others still, the ear may be trained to hear the rhythm, pitch, and harmony of music. I … Continue reading Tuning Your Soul to the New Creation Melody
When you're united with someone in vision and practice, it's easy to show respect and love. There is peace. Compliments and grace flow freely. But there is nothing uniquely Christian about showing admiration amidst agreement. Just watch a press conference after both parties in the House or Senate have worked together to pass some piece … Continue reading When Christian Controversy Loses the Gospel