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

Letter to a Gay Student

Thank you for sharing this news with me. I really am honored you would entrust me with something so personal. Before I say anything else, I want you to know that I love you and am for you. That was true before you shared this with me and that will continue to be so long … Continue reading Letter to a Gay Student

We Are Planting a Church

God, I pray Thee, light these idle sticks of my life and may I burn for Thee. Consume my life, my God, for it is Thine. I seek not a long life, but a full one, like you, Lord Jesus. - Jim Elliot Use my life for the sake of the gospel! That was my … Continue reading We Are Planting a Church

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

A Prayer for Your Local Community College

School is back in session. Students are gearing up for a busy Fall schedule complete with class, football games, and campus-wide events. They are learning the customs and traditions of their schools. Their parents have raided the campus bookstore for the most recent school apparel and gear. Freshman are getting the hang of dorm life … Continue reading A Prayer for Your Local Community College