The Biblical Case for Religious Liberty

I am doggedly committed to the idea of universal religious liberty not because it is American or self-serving but because it is biblical. As a pastor, I am obligated to follow the Word of God even when doing so puts me at odds with contemporary public opinion. When the day comes that I do not […]

As the Pendulum Swings: Family First

History tends to follow pendulum swings. The church is not immune. As finite and sinful human beings we have a tendency to bounce from one extreme to another—dancing around the truth along the way. I’ve got a handful of pendulum swings that I’d like to address. Today I want to address one that I’ve termed […]

The Church Planter’s Library by Thomas L. Law, III

Tom served as missionary church planter for 21+ years with the Foreign/International Mission Board before becoming the Executive Director of Tarrant Baptist Association – Fort Worth, Texas. After retiring, he served as the Interim Executive Director of the Baptist Convention of Iowa. Each of the churches he helped start in Paraguay was an attempt to […]

The Accidental Mentor

“I’m in a real pickle, and I don’t relish it.”  – Matthew I’ll go ahead and remove the suspense: Matthew died this weekend. He served as a pastor, bookshop curator, minister, chaplain, missionary, and friend. Matthew never set out to be anyone’s mentor, but he was mine. He came along when I most needed someone […]

None Beyond the Reach

…though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. ~ Paul, 1 Timothy 1:13-14 What do you think when you see a stranger walking […]

What’s your attitude on The Lord’s Day, Pastor?

That’s “attitude” brethren, not “altitude.” It’s presumed that all SBC pastors will be “high” on Sundays when they are with the assembled congregation and when they ascend to the pulpit and preach God’s Word. But what about attitude? It’s important and I confess that some of the 48 or so Sundays each year I arrived […]