17 August by Mike Bergman

The Tears of a Clown (by JP Williams)


JP Williams is the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Archie, MO. He blogs at Believing Out Loud. In the wake of Robin Williams’ death, this is a “letter” JP wrote to his best friend who committed suicide 20 years ago. Dear Alex, It has been about twenty years since we cut class. Man, […]

16 August by Bart Barber

Just Blog-War Theory: We Believe in the Holy Spirit


But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in honor by all the people, stood up and gave orders to put the men outside for a little while. And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you are about to do with these men…I tell you, […]

15 August by Guest Blogger

An Irreverent look at our pastor search process: part 2 (by William Thornton)


William Thornton is the SBC Plodder The second of two parts on the perpetually discussed topic of pastor/staff search committees. You can’t trust the committee and they can’t trust you Let’s see. A pastor/staff or prospective pastor/staff is a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, called into a lifetime of vocational Christian service, willing to […]

15 August by Dave Miller

Does Your Anchor Hold within the Veil (by Ken Hamrick)


Heb. 6:19, “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil…” (NKJV) Col. 1:27, “To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of […]

14 August by Bart Barber

Toward a Just Blog War Theory


There is blogging, and then there is war-blogging. Can the latter ever be appropriate? Is there a context and a manner in which war-blogging can be done Christianly, or have we met here with a contradiction in terms? A definition might be in order: I’ll define war-blogging as blogging which transpires with the zealous aim […]

14 August by Todd Benkert

Will White Christians Hear and Stand with Our Black Brothers?


In my previous article I asked a pointed question: when it comes to tragedies in the African-American communities, will we weep with those who weep? I want to go a bit further in this post. This is an intensely difficult piece for me to write. I am not African-American and will never fully understand what it […]

13 August by Guest Blogger

An irreverent look at our pastor search process, Part 1 (By William Thornton)


William Thornton is the SBC Plodder. I had a guy in one of my churches who was a sausage maker and I made a pastoral visit to him while he was hard at work. There they sat, pans and pans of blood, guts, and porcine body parts I had never seen and didn’t recognize. I […]