December 2013

31 December by Dave Miller

Reflections on 2013; Focusing on 2014


I’m at a family reunion with my wife’s family after enjoying some time with my side the last few days. We leave tomorrow for home (a depressing thought – not sure if you are aware but Florida has nicer weather these days than Iowa). So I’m not going to be around much the next couple […]

31 December by Jared Moore

2014 New Year’s Resolutions


Some of my 2014 New Year’s Resolutions. What are some of your resolutions?

30 December by Mike Bergman

Resolution or Revolution? ~ A New Year’s Meditation


Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17 January 1, 2014 is upon us. In what has become a tradition in our culture, many people will use this day to make a new year’s resolution, in which they vow […]

29 December by David Rogers

A Biblical Evaluation of the Homogeneous Unit Principle, Part 1


INTRODUCTION In 1955, Donald McGavran, in his groundbreaking book The Bridges of God, laid out many of the fundamental principles of what would later come to be known as the Church Growth Movement. Among these principles, the most controversial is the homogeneous unit principle (HUP).1 Though he articulated and defended the key ideas underlying it in The […]

28 December by Guest Blogger

Rev. Dwight McKissic on Jesse Jackson and Phil Robertson


This article from Dwight McKissic deserves more attention than it will get on a weekend between two holidays, but it also should not just sit there. So, here it is. Folks with publish authority, let’s try to let this one stay on top for a day and let it get seen. Thanks, Doug. CHALLENGING JESSE […]

27 December by Todd Benkert

Social Networking: A Few Tips for the New Year


The new year is a good time to reflect on our past and choose to make life changes. Social networking has become a huge part of people’s lives and perhaps now is a good time to think about our online presence and suggest a few changes. Read this as helpful pastoral advice or as my […]

27 December by Bart Barber

Belonging and Giving


The following article was originally published at Bart Barber’s personal blog, Praisegod Barebones (link). The Southern Baptist Convention faces few questions more important than that of cooperative giving. Not that I’m trying to categorize it as a crisis, the lugubrious tone of some of our prophets and sons of prophets notwithstanding. In the boomiest of […]

26 December by Jared Moore

Anti-Calvinist No More: I Repented


I am an Anti-Calvinist No More: I Repented. Do you need to repent as well?

26 December by Jeremy Parks

Of Wooblers and Heroes


There’s a profession out there, a noble and honorable one on which society depends, that has earned my contempt. I won’t name it here; I see no reason to earn what would ultimately be a warranted amount of scorn and enmity by actually naming the career path in question.  As well, I lack any desire […]

25 December by Guest Blogger

When Did the Wise Men Appear? A Christmas Chronology (by Ken Hamrick)


The Wise Men are part of most nativity scenes, and many people assume that they arrived while Jesus was still in the manger, soon after his birth. Many others, seeking a more accurate chronology, note that Herod killed baby boys who were two years old and under (according to the time that the wise men […]

25 December by Dan Barnes

Mary Did you Choose?


In this time of year, we talk about how Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus.  Mary had a unique experience, she is the only woman in history to have a baby while being a virgin.  Mary had an incredible opportunity, but did Mary choose it?  Of course, Mary told the angel that she […]

24 December by Dave Miller

Doug Hibbard Sings “O Holy Night”


Doug posts his sermons on the internet, but some of you probably didn’t know that Doug is also a talented singer. Here is his version of this Christmas classic.  

23 December by Todd Benkert

The Virgin Birth – There’s Nothing Marvelous about a Myth


Every Christmas, Christians and non-Christians alike seem to revisit the doctrine of the virgin birth. Conservative Christians rightly affirm that belief in the virgin birth of Christ is a test of orthodoxy and of one’s view of the Scripture.[1] However, we must go beyond the doctrinal affirmations that arise from the narratives of Matthew and […]