On Romans 7:13-25

We are going through Romans at First Baptist Jasper. Last Sunday I had the opportunity to preach on Romans 7:13-25. What a difficult text. Most today who read this text believe this struggle is speaking of a believers daily battle against sin. But if you really follow the structure of Paul’s thought here it is […]

‘Yes’ in a World of ‘No’


Recently my town decided to graffiti its own Main Street sidewalks with the message: no bicycles or skateboards. I’m sure the intention is safety. People walk in and out of the shops and storefronts, and you don’t want anyone young or old to be taken out by a person on a bicycle. But it made […]

Missionary Strategy Confuses Me Sometimes

“Introduction to Missiology” was not my best class in seminary way, way back in the last century when I took it. I’m tempted to chalk that up to deficiencies in the professor, but it’s likely that my deficiencies as a student contributed just as much or more. Having blogged a bit about missions from time […]

An Update on the “SBC Voices NCAA Tourney Challenge”

The Tourney Challenge has come down to two people, and if it weren’t for that rascal Jeremy Parks, I’d be one of the them! The front-runner in the bracket challenge is “Adam G in NC” who has 1170 points, a substantial lead (130 points) on second place (DisneyDavisClan). Both of these entrants have selected the […]

Vegan Christianity

Twenty-first Evangelical Christianity, meet modernism. Modernism, meet the Evangelicals. Wed together and you get what could be called Vegan Christianity. Vegan Christianity, simply put, is a type of Christianity that seeks to look at the world and Christian practices the way many vegans look at food: fuel to sustain you that at times is enjoyable because it tastes good, but […]

That We Would See Jesus

Tell me the story of Jesus, Write on my heart every word. Tell me the story most precious, Sweetest that ever was heard. It is the ugliest and most beautiful story ever told. The most horrible and wonderful. The greatest tragedy and the highest glory. In telling the story of Jesus we sink lower than […]

Serving the Body of Christ on Easter Weekend

Easter weekend is a highlight for any pastor and any church. There are two primary reasons for that: It’s one of the Sundays that almost everyone goes to church. Chances are pretty good that this will be your biggest Sunday attendance this year, or pretty close to it. Let’s admit it guys, as much as […]