Why Are People Religious? Can Evolution Provide an Answer?

People are religious. Not “SOME people are religious.” People are religious. In every nook and cranny of this planet, among every race and in every tongue, in every culture and climate, there is prayer, there is ritual, there is religion. So pervasive is the religiosity of people that unbelieving scientist Jesse Bering has said, “I’ve […]

Whom Should Seminaries Educate?

This week, while I was away at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary attending our Fall Trustee Meeting, one of my church members received an important email from the seminary. Decades ago, when she was fresh out of college, she had served as a Journeyman to Brazil. She still remembers quite a bit of her Portuguese. She […]

Why I Can’t Be He-Man

Sometimes, I wish I was He-Man. Nine words. That’s all he needs. Nine words…and a magic sword to hold aloft. By the Power of Grayskull, I HAVE THE POWER. And with those words an effeminate looking dude becomes the most powerful man in the universe. Not only is he changed but so is his cowering […]

SBC Voices Contributors: Fire When Ready

I’m going off grid for about a little more than a week. I’m leaving first thing in the morning for a BCI Pastors’ Tour to the Holy Land, with a group of (wait for it) BCI Pastors and their wives. Jenni is traveling with me this time – I promised her last year after I […]

9 Ways to Preach Like a Chicken

In 2 Timothy 1:5-14, Paul exhorts Timothy to be bold in the gospel and guard this good deposit entrusted to him. In the middle of this passage it is as if Paul sets before his protégé two options. One option is to fan into flame the gift given to him even if it leads to […]

I Like Simple Weddings (And I Cannot Lie!)

(Okay, I apologize for that title.) I’m preparing for a BCI Pastor’s trip to Israel next week, but I saw this infographic that buttressed something I’ve been saying for about 267 years, and I thought I would write a few brief thoughts for you to discuss.  I don’t really have time for this, and this […]

Why Your Prayers Might Not Be Answered

I wonder what Asaph’s prayers sounded like when he was in the midst of his brutish ignorance. Asaph is the guy from Psalm 73 that was envious of the arrogant and almost lost his faith by fixing his eyes on the prosperity of the wicked. At root, dude was covetous. And so I wonder what […]