Orlando & Our Only Hope

It seems an event gets our attention these days only if it offers something new. A dozen people could be killed in cold blood, but if it is not in some way unique or there is not some added intrigue, then it hardly gets a slice of our consciousness. Something ... Read More »

Integrity: An Essential Element In Worship

What, really, is worship? Most discussions focus on its meaning or the elements of a worship service. Certainly, these are important, yet Psalm 15 insists that there is something else involved. This psalm focuses on a significant but rarely discussed issue in ... Read More »

The SBC Annual Meeting through the Lens of Wearing Multiple Hats

I’m often asked why I go to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meetings. Those ill-informed about the SBC annual meeting think it is just a “big church business meeting”—but that’s only one aspect of the annual meeting. To answer the questi... Read More »

Fighting for the Sexual Purity of our Children

Parenting is often as much a challenge as it is a joy. Helping our kids resist the sexual temptations they face is a daunting challenge. Song of Solomon 8:9 states, “If she is a wall, we will build on her a battlement [the top of a castle wall designed for ... Read More »

Back to the Basics: A Model for Preaching from Acts 2

The acumen of a head coach often determines the success of a team. A head coach is to a team what a doctor is to hospital patients. That is, a football coach is a physician on the field. A basketball coach operates as a cardiologist on the court. A baseball co... Read More »

The Name of the Game: Keeping a Good Reputation in Sports

From halfway around the world, I got a message from my wife—“Have you seen the replays of Odor punching Bautista?” We are baseball fans in my family, and we religiously follow the Texas Rangers. My wife kept me updated while I was on a recent trip to the... Read More »

The Root of Conflict Within our Marriages

Have you ever experienced the rather odd moment when you sit in a counseling session with a couple and ask, “What brought you here today?” After a slight pause, both of them, intentionally, stare at the other. Their glances assert a belief that the other p... Read More »

Transformation vs. Relevance (Romans 12:1-2)

Not only does God in Christ take people as they are: He takes them in order to transform them into what He wants them to be. Along with the indigenizing principle which makes his faith a place to feel at home, the Christian inherits the pilgrim principle, whic... Read More »

Stories of Evangelism in the Early Church

The early church was an evangelistic church. From the least to the greatest, early Christians were serious about the regular proclamation of the Gospel. In the words of Michael Green, the early church believed that evangelism was “the prerogative and duty of... Read More »

The Opportunity In Adversity

“Who needs a new roof?” was my simple question. My heart sank as I stood before the church I love and watched as virtually every hand in the room was raised. Hands continued to go up as I probed deeper—“How many have demolished cars?” and “How many... Read More »