Designated giving UP; Cooperative Program giving DOWN for 2013-2014 (William Thornton)

William Thornton is the SBC Plodder. The SBC Executive Committee has closed the books on the fiscal year 2013-2014 and Baptist Press reports that “The Southern Baptist Convention ended its fiscal year 0.76% below last year’s contributions and missed its Cooperative Program allocation budgeted projection of $191.5 million by 2.58%…” Here are the relevant figures […]

Transformational Church


This past Monday (Oct 6), I went to a Transformational Church conference in Ozark, MO, with a couple of fellow pastors. After a day of listening to Ed Stetzer and Micah Fries discuss what could properly be called issues of church revitalization, we headed home but not before a stop at Lambert’s Café—home of the […]

A Ragamuffin Fundamentalist

It doesn’t make sense how much I love Rich Mullins. I am, probably—for the preponderance of our population in the way that they use the word—a fundamentalist. No, the folks over in the Independent, Fundamental Baptist world certainly wouldn’t call me a fundamentalist, and I admit that the word is used probably with too much […]

Overlooking the Cooperative Program (Luke Holmes)

 Luke Holmes blogs at “A Copernican Revolution”  and is pastor of First Baptist Church of Tishomingo, OK.  “Mr. President, Mr. President!” Three voices spoke almost as one. “Mr. President, do I have the floor?” The president’s gavel hammered vigorously. “The Chair recognizes Brother Stealey.” “Mr. President, we must settle this evolution issue at once,” Clarence […]

A Call to Rural Communities (Steven Schenewerk)

Steven Schenewerk is pastor of Winston’s Community Baptist Church in Winston, Oregon. He blogs at WCBCpastor’s Blog.  I have seen countless articles encouraging young adults to consider serving urban poor populations. That is wonderful. But what I haven’t seen are many articles or encouragements for young adults to consider serving rural poor. Serving in a […]

Get Used to Gay Marriage: The Supreme Court Hath Spoken

Sometimes, by refusing to speak, you can shout pretty loudly. In what seems to be to many a surprise, the Supreme Court has refused to even consider appeals by states that had bans against homosexual marriage against court rulings that declared them unconstitutional. This, in effect, makes homosexual marriage the constitutionally-approved law of the land. […]

C’mon, Man, Name Some Names! Should We Blog Generally or Specifically?

Yesterday, Jared Moore submitted a post called, “Do You Desire Revenge or Repentance?’ focusing on a phenomenon I have seen often in blogging. As Jared admitted, there is a biblical place for correction and calls to repentance, but I’ve seen that go way overboard – and often. I’ve observed “discernment bloggers” go postal on those […]