November 2013

29 November by Mike Leake



I scan his body looking for a cape. Shocked that I don’t see one I assume that he’s one of those superheroes that doesn’t actually need a cape to fly. He just gets stuff done. The superhero I’m talking about is Super Dad. Suddenly his passionate preacher voice draws me away from cape gazing and […]

27 November by Dave Miller

“Black Thanksgiving”: It Is Time to Draw the Line


One of the signs of advancing age is growing nostalgia. I no longer ridicule those who say, “back in my day” since I’m often now the one saying it. Oh, I’m not anti-technology, nor do I automatically think that things were better back in my day. But I am convinced that there was one thing […]

27 November by Guest Blogger

What To Think About the Minister’s Housing Allowance (by Joel Rainey)


Joel Rainey is the Director of Missions at Mid-Maryland Baptist Association, an adjunct professor at Capital Bible Seminary and blogs at Themelios (Twitter - @joelrainey). This post was originally published at his site. I’m not sure if I’ve ever used this site to address an issue having to do with the United States Tax Code, so this will, I believe, […]

26 November by Bart Barber

Reflections upon Matthew 13:10-17


Originally posted at Praisegod Barebones And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. For whoever has, to him more shall be […]

26 November by Mike Bergman

A Thanksgiving Devotion


1 Thessalonians 5:18 18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. The Thanksgiving season is quickly upon us, at least when we speak of the holiday with turkey and all the trimmings. Yet, for followers of Jesus, giving thanks is never out of season. As […]

25 November by Mike Leake

Pastor, You Have Onion Breath


“This tastes like the cow got into an onion patch”. If you’ve watched Napoleon Dynamite more than a couple of times you know what that quote is from. Young Napoleon is taste testing milk for an FFA competition. If you’ve ever lived in a rural community and had milk from a cow you also know that onion-tasting […]

24 November by Dave Miller

Thanksgiving: Rising above the Clouds


Have you ever flown on a dreary, rainy day? You taxi down the runway and everything is gray, dark and damp. You pick up a little speed and the front of the plane points up just a little. It tilts a bit more and you feel the wheels come off the ground. The plane rises […]

23 November by Guest Blogger

Brethren, Our Housing Allowance Is Now Unconstitutional (by William Thornton)


William Thornton is the SBC Plodder, and this post originally appeared there.  It has been ruled so by a federal district judge in Wisconsin. I don’t know how widely the decision is to be applied. My CPA blogging friend, Peter Reilly has greater understanding of this than I, so here is what he says: The Freedom […]

22 November by Mike Bergman

Priesthood: A Meditation on Pastors and Congregations


A group of us pastors sat around a conference table, eating, talking, and praying. It was an interesting conversation covering a range of everything from Star Wars vs. Star Trek to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Transformers to our attitudes about church and the joys and problems we face and to baptism (we […]

22 November by Guest Blogger

Gospel Parenting, Part 3 (by Jeremy Vanatta)

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Jeremy Vanatta is the pastor and an elder of Southside Baptist Church in Lebanon, TN.  He holds a PhD in New Testament from Mid-America BTS.  He blogs at The Threshing Floor, where this article originally appeared.   Exposing Man-Centered Methods in Parenting As discussed in the previous article Beyond Behavior: Dealing with the Heart, parenting […]

21 November by Jeremy Parks

Persecution of the Unsaved


My name is Sammy.  I’m 24 years old, and I live far away from most of you.  I don’t have a car, a passport, or a Judeo-Christian cultural background.  I do, however, have a story. I remember the first time I saw Mr. Robert and his wife Sarah.  As usual, I was hawking my father’s […]

20 November by Dave Miller

What the Republican Party Must Do to Keep My Vote


We just finished the off-cycle elections and the next round of Congressional elections will be ramping up in the coming months. Will the split remain between the House and the Senate? Will one side or the other take both houses? Will the Senate have a veto-proof majority? These questions will be answered in 11 and […]

20 November by Ben Simpson

But SBC Calvinists Believe That Too


The Southern Baptist Convention has certainly seen a mellowing out of what came to be quite a heated debate once again over Calvinism after the publishing of “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation” in May 2012.  Of course, Dr. Frank Page’s appointment of the Calvinism Advisory Committee the […]