A ‘Culture of Grace’

I was reading an article recently detailing the fall of a megachurch pastor. In the midst of it, the author made the point not to ascribe one man’s sins to the group. In other words, big church doesn’t equal big ego. The author pointed out another megachurch pastored by a man of humility and grace. […]

Racism and the Gospel (aka ‘Not in Our Churches’)

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I am an alumnus of the University of Oklahoma (2003). Thanks to Trinity Baptist Church of Norman and the Baptist Student Union, my three years in the Sooner State were some of the most spiritually formative of my life. I have great love for my alma mater—I by far own more clothing advertising the school […]

Don’t Settle for Silver

Now the country that we came from, They play silver melodies, And the kings and queens would write their dreams, On silver pages we would read. … We were taken through the shadows, Were we carried through the night, When the sun appeared, My God my fears of silver melted in the light, And we […]

When scripture makes us uneasy…

“Now these are the rules that you shall set before them. When you buy a Hebrew slave…” ~ Exodus 21:1-2 When we read though the Bible, inevitably there are certain scriptures that will make us feel uneasy and wonder, “Did God actually say that?” and make us wonder if the ‘God of the Old Testament’ […]

You’re not a loser…

1 Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly!  2 Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King!  3 Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!  4 For the […]

So, you want to be a pastor?

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. ~1 Timothy 3:1 I must say, I’m one of those guys that leadership books make me cringe. As I’ve worked on a D.Min in church revitalization, I’ve read a lot of them; and very few have much to […]

Give to God the things that are God’s

17 “Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20 And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness […]

When doing right brings trouble (a devotion)

 7 And after a time his master’s wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, “Lie with me.” 8 But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Behold, because of me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my charge. 9 He […]