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Because I work in an office, I usually don’t have much trouble writing the correct date after New Year’s Day. Yesterday, January 6, marked the first time I wrote 2014 and then quickly changed the 4 into a 5. Even still, it’s strange to refer to December as “last year.” But last year on December […]

Wake Up, O Sleeper!

Second only to baptisms in frequency and hilarity, funny church stories often concern people who fell asleep in church. A man I knew from little Bethabara Baptist Church of my childhood went to church one winter morning. More than the real estate market, wintertime seating in that church building was all about location, location, and […]

Don’t Get Your Hopes Up: SBC Voices Isn’t Dead

I hear a lot about the death of blogging. I think it’s wishful thinking. Sometimes I would echo that wish. But I haven’t abandoned my post. I’ve neglected the site for the last month or so, and the next two weeks are going to be even worse. I’m leaving tomorrow evening after prayer service for […]

Missing the Outrage of the Day

Can you remember all of the things you were ticked off about last February? Other than the Seahawks winning the Super Bowl, I can’t either. But I bet you were outraged about something. The folks at Slate, which by the way is a quite outrageous site, spent 2014 compiling all the instances of outrage. There […]

Top 2014 SBC News Stories – Part 2 (by William Thornton)

William Thornton is the SBC Plodder – this is the second in a series of posts that will go up fairly rapid-fire. That’s because I got busy today and didn’t set them to post when I should have.  Part 1 is here. While you were reading the latest on Hobby Lobby, the Affordable Care Act, and […]

On Small, Struggling Churches: What Makes a Church Effective?

Recently, I read an article with which I agreed almost entirely, Ed Stetzer’s “Some Churches Should Die and Stay Dead.” But as I read the article I found myself in an odd position. I was reacting negatively, viscerally, to the article – even though I could find no essential disagreement. I felt defensive and couldn’t really […]