Have a Happy Thanksgiving – See You Monday

Blogging plans are always a little bit loose. Something could come up – breaking news, a Baptist scandal, or something. Anything can happen. But barring some huge event, I’m not planning to hang out here at SBC Voices much over the next few days. I’ll probably stop in to check on things a time or […]

Am I Guilty for America’s Racist Past?

A few years ago I bought Family Tree Maker and a subscription to Ancestry.com. I tracked my ancestors back to Europe (I am a descendent of the Merovingian kings – you should show some respect). The Millers come from Carbon County, Pennsylvania, but I couldn’t find when they emigrated from Germany. The Pratts, my mom’s […]

From a FOOTBALL Player? Benjamin Watson on Ferguson

I saw this link and went to Benjamin Watson’s Facebook site. He is a tight end for the New Orleans Saints. I have to admit I’d not heard of him prior to this, but I think it’s about the best statement I’ve seen on the Ferguson tragedy.   At some point while I was playing […]

Observations on the Ferguson Tragedy

Confession time – many of you have followed the events in Ferguson, Missouri, a lot more carefully than I have. I have followed the story but not delved into every eyewitness report or followed the debates closely. I did, however, follow the news coverage Monday and watched the St. Louis County DA’s press conference. I have […]

Can a Fallen Leader Be Restored?

There has been a plethora of posts and articles opining on the life, ministry and travails of Mark Driscoll. As a part of that discussion, the issue of restoration comes to the forefront. When a minister falls, in whatever way he falls, can he be restored to ministry? Can an adulterous pastor, who repents and […]

“Can Your Church Help Me with My Rent?”

My church has a benevolence fund, and it is my great joy as pastor to be the one who delivers checks to those in need. We’ve been able to give and give generously to those in the church family who lose a job or have some other family hardship. That is a pastor’s joy. It […]

Can Someone Help Me Prime My Christmas Pump?

One of the downsides of spending the last 24 years preaching at only 2 churches (14.5 in Cedar Rapids, now closing in on 9.5 in Sioux City) is that preaching over the holidays gets to be a little difficult. My people have heard pretty much every sermon I’ve got in my arsenal, some of them […]