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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]