Thanksgiving – The Power of a Grateful Church In A Divided Nation

While a meal of Thanksgiving had long been celebrated in America, it did not become a national holiday until Abraham Lincoln’s declaration in the midst of the Civil War. On October 3, 1863, Lincoln declared: I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at … Continue reading Thanksgiving – The Power of a Grateful Church In A Divided Nation

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Fighting Busyness During the Holidays

Life can be busy and stressful, especially during the holidays. School is stressful for your children, which stresses you out. Sickness levels the house, which is followed by unexpected bills.  You're stressed out that you're stressed out and not enjoying time with your family. Christmas parties start to pile up, along with all the white elephant gifts … Continue reading Fighting Busyness During the Holidays

Book Notes: Our Secular Age

How can the church be faithful in its mission to bear witness to Jesus Christ in our secular age? Are we asking the right questions? Do we really understand the context in which we are serving? How can we communicate the gospel in a way that addresses the real concerns and questions of this generation? … Continue reading Book Notes: Our Secular Age

Book Notes: Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention

Jarvis Williams and Kevin Jones have given Southern Baptists, and any denomination with ears to hear, a great gift in Removing the Stain of Racism From the Southern Baptist Convention: Diverse African-American and White Perspectives. It is the gift of honest reflection and thoughtful responses to the removing the stain of racism from the Southern Baptist Church. … Continue reading Book Notes: Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention

Don’t Waste Your College

Summer is almost over. The semester will soon begin. Perhaps it’s your first semester in college or your last. Your schedule will be full of new classes. You will interact with new people. You will experience new opportunities. You will have renewed focus and desires… to grow in your education to grow in your friendships … Continue reading Don’t Waste Your College

30 for 30: Lessons on Life and Ministry

There is something about turning thirty that makes you reflect. You realize that you have lived a significant amount of life, but you still—Lord willing—have a lot more life to live. You have lived long enough to learn a few things, but you still feel like you have so much to learn. You have lived … Continue reading 30 for 30: Lessons on Life and Ministry

A Prayer for Father’s Day

Gracious Father, You are the Father we long for and need. You have shown your love and grace to us through your Son, Jesus Christ. Through him we have access to you as our Father. By your Spirit which dwells within us, we cry, "Abba! Father!" Oh what joy it is to be adopted into … Continue reading A Prayer for Father’s Day

Teens & Sexuality: Addressing Sexuality with Teenagers

In our families and in our churches, we are far too often late to the conversation about sexuality with our teenagers and reactionary once we speak up. This should not be the case. The kitchen table and living room are perhaps the best places for this discussion. And the church is called to equip its … Continue reading Teens & Sexuality: Addressing Sexuality with Teenagers