It’s Time to Love Baltimore (by Joel Rainey)

Joel Rainey leads the Engagement Team for Evangelism and Missions at the Mid-Atlantic Baptist Network. He is on the adjunct faculty of two seminaries, and the author of three books. He blogs at Themelios, where this was originally posted. Human beings are, at one and the same time, created in God’s image and likeness, and […]

Best retirement advice I ever received

I’ve always paid attention to the matter of retirement and retirement income. When GuideStone or the state convention sent a guy around to speak to the pastor’s conference or to an associational meeting, I was present and paying attention. When I reached the age (I think it was 55) where I received an invitation to […]

How to Use the Bible to Avoid Those Annoying Christians

Are you annoyed by fellow-Christians being all up in your business? Would you like to just live life the way you want without having to deal with that nasty feeling you get when you are around those super-holy Christians? Tired of feeling judged? If so, I’ve got great news for you. By using the Bible…yes […]

Ben Carson Withdraws from Pastors Conference

I have to admit that I am shocked. I did not see a gracious way for that to happen. But in conference with Willy Rice, Dr. Carson has decided not to appear at the SBC Pastors’ Conference. You can read Willy Rice’s article announcing the withdrawal here. ( I want to say two things. 1. […]

Why We Love Food

Human beings share a common love: food. I’m not referring to our common need of food, but of our common love for food. All of us have certain foods we love. We relate certain foods to certain events, traditions and people. I often associate certain places. When I think of Destin, Florida, I think of […]

How to connect the generations…? (a discussion)


The other day I wrote a post on Deuteronomy and the idea that the church needs to be a place that connects the generations. We Timothys (the younger peeps) need Pauls (the older, faithful saints) to help us know, understand, and learn from the past, and to help us keep looking towards the future. Anyone […]

How to Be a Good Preacher

In his book, Dangerous Calling, Paul Tripp asks a few pointed questions about the nature of a seminary education: …Is it not possible for seminary students to become experts in a gospel that they are not being exposed and changed by? Is it not dangerous to teach students to be comfortable with the radical content […]