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
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
The year is half way over. Do you remember your New Year resolutions? You might have tried to forget them back in February. Or you might still be chipping away at them. Either way, the half way point of the year is a good time for a check up. It's a time to reflect on … Continue reading How Are You Doing? A Mid-Year Check Up and Some Resources for the Rest of the Year
The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix, AZ is in the books. I spent most of my Lyft drives in Phoenix either trying to share the gospel or explain how the SBC works. The former was easier than the latter in most cases! Three years ago, I responded to the call … Continue reading Reflecting on SBC 2017: Three Things We Must Do
“Christianity demands that we have enough compassion to learn the questions of our generation.” – Francis Schaeffer Do you hear what Schaeffer is saying? Our witness and discipleship requires that we understand the questions our generation is asking. To understand these questions, we must listen. However, Schaeffer puts his finger on our problem, which is … Continue reading Listen Up: A Needed Skill for Evangelism and Discipleship
If what the Bible says about homosexuality is clear, we must also see that it should not stand alone as all that it says to the homosexual. It must be heard within the broader message of God's Word about God's good design for humanity and the good news of Jesus Christ.
What the Bible says about homosexuality must be heard in light of the good news of Jesus Christ. (See also Part 1 and Part 2) Even more foundational than the goodness of God’s design for humanity, what the Bible says about homosexuality must be heard in light of the good news of Jesus Christ. We … Continue reading What Does the Bible Say About Homosexuality? – Part 3
As I serve students–all the way from middle school to college–I am more convinced than ever of our need to return to God's Word and to see what it says about homosexuality.
For many, 2016 is a year to forget! We saw the passing of many greats in their fields. We saw one of the most divisive elections of recent memory. We saw terror attacks unfold in our own nation and across the globe. We saw violence and injustice erupt in our cities and streets. Not to … Continue reading Don’t Lose Heart: Four Reasons to Serve with Confidence in 2017
What do you do with the week between Christmas and New Year's Day? In our family, we tend travel sometime within this week. My favorite part of the drive is the reflection conversation my wife, Emily, and I have somewhere along the way. There is just something about the beginning of a new year that stokes reflection … Continue reading How Are You Doing? Reflection and Resources for the New Year