Why Doesn’t the CP Count?

At a large number of our entities (I suspect that this is true of them all, but am unwilling to do the necessary research to make the universal statement), giving money directly to that entity will win you some enhanced level of recognition or access. In my fifteen years at FBC Farmersville, Dr. Ken Hemphill […]

Should Christians Be “Getting Better”?

“The Christian life isn’t about progress… “ “Church isn’t a place for people to get better… “ “Following Jesus is more about realizing my own weakness and insufficiency and finding them in Jesus than it is about growing… “ I keep hearing statements like these and I must confess they leave me baffled. I’m baffled […]

ERLC, Moore call for integrated churches…but… (by William Thornton)

William Thornton is the SBC Plodder. Southern Baptist Leaders call for integrated churches Russell Moore, our leader for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, The ERLC has a conference coming up  in March in Nashville on “The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation”. Speakers include Moore, Frank Page, Danny Akin, along with […]

Is Suffering Always the Trump Card?

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. (Romans 12:15) I’ve always thought the hard part of this verse is what comes after the comma. In fact most of my focus on this passage has centered around obeying the second half of this verse. We’ve all had experiences of insensitive people who refused […]

The Good Life: Enjoyment

Here is a question that I have often wondered about our current world: Is it possible to enjoy something merely for what it is and not for what its outcome will be or what good it serves? Are there some things that are enjoyable just because they are good and you need not explain why? It’s […]

God, Don’t Bless America: Thoughts on the 2015 State of the Union Address

Last night President Obama gave his annual State of the Union Address. The occasion undoubtedly aroused political gurus and, well, everyone on social media to parse the speech whilst sharing their thoughts. There is always a torrent of talking points, but there is one line that is included in every State of the Union Speech that I think deserves more attention […]