Author: Charles Patrick

Dr. Patrick teaches in the School of Theology and serves as Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Communications. He is married to Monica and has four children. Twitter: @CW_Patrick Blog: charleswpatrick.com

An Appeal To Pastors—Please Call Out The Called

“This is a heart message to my brothers in a holy cause, seeking to lay upon their souls Christ’s cry for Gospel recruits. … Will we do our part in calling out … those He has called?”[1] This is the heartfelt plea of L.R. Scarborough, the second pres... Read More »

Kindness vs. Thermoplastic

My truck this morning is carrying a large box filled with countless pieces of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, commonly known as Legos. Yes, every Lego my four children own—and I do mean every little brick, special piece, and Lego people part—is in a large... 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 »

Proficiency Over Rapidity: Text-Driven MDiv

Proficiency with “tools of the trade” is highly valued in the majority of vocations. For instance, a pilot cannot become a captain or first officer without completing 1,500 hours of flight time at the controls of a plane. A violinist cannot become exceptio... Read More »

Abortion Opposition – One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

Immediately on the heel of a stellar turnout for Evangelicals for Life and March for Life in spite of snowy and freezing weather, and Sanctity of Life Sunday last weekend, Monday appeared to usher several blows for those who oppose abortion. First, the Harris ... Read More »

Are You DSL Error Code 631?

Recently my DSL modem died. Two hours of on-the-phone tech support with “Margie” could not revive it. Interestingly, the DSL error code for a nonfunctioning modem is 666. The house was disconnected from the world for three days until a new modem arrived. N... Read More »

I Received a Black Eye – and I’m Proud of It

Recently, I came to work with a periorbital hematoma, also known as a black eye. Everyone wanted to know what happened—did I run into a door, was I mugged, etc. I do not have an elaborate or heroic story explaining the black eye that would permit me to state... Read More »

Table for Six, Please

My family consists of six people—two adults and four children. Needless to say, in today’s economy, we do not eat out often. However, when we do eat out, there are numerous restaurants to which I cannot take the “Patrick 6.” First, there are the restau... Read More »

Evangelism vs. Church Planting at the Coliseum

It’s dark, musty and noisy. All eyes are focused on the boxing ring in the center of the arena. The spectators’ bloodlust permeates the air as they anticipate the ring of the fight bell. In one corner stands the well-promoted fighter Church Planting. In th... Read More »