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 […]

The Gift of Vocational Ministry

I have served in Vocational Ministry for a little more than a decade when I was transitioned out. I have been an interim,Youth Pastor, Education Pastor, Associate Pastor, Campus Missionary and Teacher. Currently I am working in a manufacturing plant. It’s a good job, good pay but it’s not where my heart is. I want […]

Whew! The Housing Allowance Survives! (For Now)

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has evidently ruled in favor of the housing allowance that we in ministry have come to depend on. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal has this article. I also understand that Guidestone is going to put out some info on this pretty soon. However, all is not good news here. The appeals […]

Train Up a Child: What Does Proverbs 22:6 Actually Mean?

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 She was not happy with me, not at all. I was teaching Proverbs 22:6, which says essentially the same thing in every modern English translation, some variation of the ESV translation above. I […]

Tell Me about Your State Convention

I shared last weekend about Iowa’s decision to go to a 50-50 split in Cooperative Program giving. I know that some of you had state Baptist conventions this week. So, tell me what happened at your state convention this year. Encouraging trends. Challenges. Controversial issues. Officers and elections. What’s happening in your neck of the […]

The Walmartization of the SBC

If the Cooperative Program should go away, would we find ourselves with a societal missions approach? That’s been the standard presumption. I’ve said it myself. Now I’m not entirely sure. The great debate of the 1800s, besides whether slaveholders could be missionaries, regarded funding and organizational approaches to Baptist causes. On the one hand, Northerners […]