I heard a song today that made me think. The chorus repeatedly said, “I’ve got a hundred million reasons to walk away… But baby, I just need one good one to stay.” I thought, “One-hundred million? What an exaggerator…” Another thing I thought was, “One good reason is all you need? I can give you … More One Good Reason to Stay? How about 7?
As we think about our own local church (her challenges, goals, and resources), I believe it may be quite helpful to put things into perspective. We are a Southern Baptist (SBC) congregation, and we have been since 1919. We are also a rural congregation of about 110-150, depending on the Sunday. These metrics place us … More The Southern Baptist Convention & Local Churches Must Change
In ancient days, the sea was perceived as the ultimate untamed beast. The wild oceans and seas were turbulent, they were uncontrollable, and they were sometimes terrifying…. What am I saying? They are still these things! Today, where I live, people are much quicker to think of these kinds of terrors in relation to a … More Calming Fear with Fear? Yes, really…
Every Bible-believing Christian must believe in Election. While that statement may surprise some, such a statement can only be surprising to those who have not thought much about what the Bible actually says. The word Election (or some variation) is frequent in the Bible; and it is especially recurrent in the New Testament letters written by Paul, … More Of course, I Believe in Election!
This is the third installment of my series “Simple A’s for Common Bible Translation Q’s.” Pastorally, these kinds of questions arise frequently, but I think Christians are often a bit embarrassed to ask them. So you know, you are not the only one who wonders about these things… There are many others who do too. … More Still More Simple A’s for Common Bible Translation Q’s
The Valley of Vision is a collection of old prayers that exemplify intentionality, passion, and a Bible focus in prayer. The language can seem foreign to modern readers since it resembles a loftier tongue of days gone by. And yet, the content of these prayers is of such high quality that modern Christians will no doubt benefit from … More Enjoying God in Prayer
Fatherhood, like Motherhood, has become a role of much confusion in our day. Commercials, TV shows, movies, and numerous other mediums present fathers (and men in general) as idiots or tyrants or absentees or selfish jerks. Add to this barrage the heartbreaking reality that many young people are growing up with bad fathers or non-existent … More A Fatherly Challenge
I recently posted a couple of answers to some common questions regarding Bible translation, but I realized that there are several questions along this line of thinking that I’d like to address. Neither my first post nor this one (nor any further post in this series) is designed as an exhaustive address. Instead, I am trying … More More Simple A’s for Common Bible Translation Q’s