I hang out in blog-land a lot, I write and read and comment. As bloggers, we know how to argue and disagree and say some pretty harsh things. Especially on some hot button issues. I would list them, but then someone would hijack the post to talk about them. On second thought, that will happen […]
“Your Bible is full of contradictions…” As a good Bible-believing Christian you hear such a statement and balk. And then in the quiet of your bedroom you stumble upon a few of these “contradictions”. As a bit of shame fills your heart, you begin to wonder if maybe those who deny the Bible might have […]
Sometimes I realize how insulated my life has been. I was born into the home of a Southern Baptist preacher and missionary. My grandpa (maternal – Dr. Eugene Pratt) was an SBC pastor, professor at SWBTS, and head of evangelism for the Missouri convention until his death in 1965. I’ve been attending Southern Baptist churches […]
The Cooperative Program is now in its tenth decade of existence. For many Southern Baptists, their memory of it does not include any time when it was a thriving, increasing measure of Southern Baptist denominational health. The general narrative concerning it has been negative in that churches, relentlessly and depressingly, have dropped their CP percentages, […]
History has always been a series of pendulum swings, but the individual doesn’t have to get caught in that. –Robert Johnson A pendulum, if you remember, is a weight that gets displaced on one side. Due to the force of gravity the weight will swing from one side to the other—losing a bit of force […]
The Internet & Social Media have tempted Christians to say things that may be true in unloving ways. To trade love for discernment is not love or discernment.
The manifest presence of God. I’ve heard this phrase used quite a bit these past few years. Studying church revitalization, I’ve been told that one of the reasons why churches lack growth and vitality is that people just don’t feel the manifest presence of God. And so we need to seek more to bring people […]
I’m going to be straight with you: nothing of eternal import follows. I get these odd spirituality-related thoughts that will never improve lives. My first wife* has little patience with my non-salient rumination, preferring to stick with matters that help us know God more intimately and – in her mind – relevantly. *First out of […]