Author: Deron Biles

Dr. Biles serves as Dean of Extension Education and teaches in the School of Theology. He is married to Jaye and has four boys. Twitter: @deronjbiles

Why I Love the Cooperative Program and Why You Should Too

I am a product of the Cooperative Program (CP). [1] I admit it and am proud of it. I was reared in a home where my father’s salary came whole or in part from gifts through the CP; my first ministry experience as a summer missionary was paid through CP gifts;... Read More »

Finishing Well

It happens about this same time every semester: students work feverishly to complete assignments, and faculty work diligently to grade them. Procrastination is no longer your friend. It’s easy to complain about the load or bemoan the fact that you didn’t s... Read More »

Theological Tailgating

You’ve seen them. They are the bumper bullies of the highway. Any day of the week, on any highway, and most any time of the day they are out there driving too fast, weaving in and out of lanes, and aggressively driving too close to the bumper of the car in f... Read More »

Worthy of Double Honor

With all due respect to Chuck Swindoll and Charles Stanley, whose works I highly recommend to you, there are three guys named Charles whose writings every Minister should know: Charles Spurgeon, Charles Jefferson, and Charles Bridges.  Along with Pope Gregory... Read More »

Pastors and Rookie Mistakes

Recently, State Senator Tim Solobay of Pennsylvania introduced a bill (Senate Bill 391) for consideration that would make expungement possible for individuals who have committed crimes other than misdemeanors.  The proposal would “allow some individuals who... Read More »

Functional Obedience

In her recent book, The Good News about Marriage: Debunking Discouraging Myths about Marriage and Divorce, Shaunti Feldhahn, a Harvard-trained researcher, confutes the widely held belief that the divorce rate among Christians is generally the same as that of n... Read More »

Godless Churches

Recently, the New York Times ran an article citing scientific evidence that demonstrated that attending church is good for your health. The study revealed that people who regularly attend church, on average, live two to three years longer than non-attenders. T... Read More »

On Being a Pastor’s Kid, Part Three

I love pastor’s kids (PK’s). I loved being one, and I love having them. I don’t mind the term PK and still wear it with pride. So far in this brief series, the first article focused those who are not the parents of pastor’s kids, and the second article... Read More »

On Being a Pastor’s Kid, Part 2

Without question, the foundation of “training up a child in the way he should go” begins in the home. Being a pastor and a parent is not more difficult than any other parent in society. Like all parents, pastors are responsible for laying the groundwork fo... Read More »

On Being a Pastor’s Kid, Part 1

Being a pastor’s kid is no harder than being anyone else’s kid. It’s just different. For too long we’ve used the image of a fishbowl as though that’s a bad thing. I am a pastor’s kid, I am married to a pastor’s kid, reared four pastor... Read More »