Enjoying God through Creation

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The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. ~ Psalm 19:1 (ESV) Some of my favorite spots are in the midst of nature. One is the Current River in southern Missouri—a place where miles of protected land and waters meander through the hills and bluffs. Yes, especially on the […]

Gay marriage may not be all bad news

In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling establishing gay marriage as a Constitutional right, many of us evangelicals are experiencing a wash of emotions. My initial response was one of fear. Fear that this will someday result in me being fired from my secular job like that fire chief in Atlanta. By my calculations I […]

Your work, pastor, as an agent of the state

“…by the authority vested in me as a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the laws of this state…” Thus, thousands of Southern Baptist clergy complete a marriage ceremony by some fashion or wording invoking the authority granted them by the government, the state. How are you feeling about that now, brethren? I’ve done […]

My Top Ten Tips of Advice to a Church Walking Through a Scandal

My Top Ten Tips of Advice to a Church Walking Through a Scandal Sadly, it appears church after church is having to respond to immoral actions of pastors falling from grace. It deeply grieves me and causes me to really hurt for those churches. Young Christians and seekers become disillusioned and it can become a […]

Connecting the Dots

SBC Voices has been overwhelmingly fixated recently on questions of racial reconciliation. SBC Voices will be overwhelmingly fixated in the near future on same-sex marriage. I’m about to disengage from online media for a while in order to turn my attention to other tasks. This is a temporary vacation, not a retirement. But as a […]

An Idea about Sunday School Curriculum for Teens

My four kids are all grown up and gone, but we spent a lot of time at the schoolhouse before they left! As of December, they’ll have a combined 5 bachelors degrees and 3 masters degrees. (One son decided to be a professional student and got 2 bachelors and 2 masters degrees himself until he […]

The end of the race issue — don’t stop now!

Will we ever be finished with the race issue? Will we ever make enough progress that we can rest, proclaim the job is done, or know that we have somehow moved past the need for racial reconciliation and the pursuit of unity across racial/ethnic lines? In our own spiritual journey toward the heart of God […]