Christmas Peace (a meditation on 1 John 4:14)

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And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. ~ 1 John 4:14 It doesn’t matter if you read the gospel, the first letter, or Revelation, in all of the apostle John’s writings you will find a global focus with the message of Christ. […]

Christmas as Spiritual Warfare

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Maybe it’s burnout from too many baby-in-a-manger scenes, but when it comes to the Christmas story I tend to be drawn to passages of scripture outside of ordinary thought when we think about Jesus coming to earth. In recent years, one of my favorite passages about our celebrations of the birth of Jesus has become […]

Southern Baptist Missionaries

When you look at the numbers, our North American Mission Board in 2013 claimed 2342 missionaries, plus 3514 chaplains and 1255 student missionaries. The International Mission Board in 2014 claims 4816 missionaries. That totals just shy of 12,000 missionaries working in various locations. I 100% believe we need missionaries like these serving on the field […]

A Band of Brothers

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep […]

A Lego Church


I love Lego bricks. They are, without question (in my opinion), the best toy ever invented. Give a kid thousands of tiny little bricks and the freedom of imagination, and he or she will spend hours creating and configuring and combining with other toys… I’ve also always been a fan of space dramas, particularly Star […]

Churches are like Glass (By Malachi O’Brien)


This post is by Malachi O’Brien. Malachi pastors the Church at Pleasant Ridge, near Harrisonville, MO. This post originally appeared at Glass is beautiful, useful, and fragile. If dropped glass can SHATTER. Churches are much the same and are extremely fragile. I have personally seen churches split, dissolve, die, and erode in irrelevancy. I […]

There’s Always A Harold (by Tony Jones)

This post is authored by Tony Jones. Tony is pastor of the First Baptist Church of Rich Hill, MO. He blogs at He lived next door to the church, just a few feet away from the front door. He bought his house before the church building was even built, and he had seen pastors […]

Transformational Church


This past Monday (Oct 6), I went to a Transformational Church conference in Ozark, MO, with a couple of fellow pastors. After a day of listening to Ed Stetzer and Micah Fries discuss what could properly be called issues of church revitalization, we headed home but not before a stop at Lambert’s Café—home of the […]