Lessons from Flight 1380

If you have been near a car radio, a smart phone, or a computer in the last couple of days, the phrase “Flight 1380” will not be foreign to you. This innocuous flight number of a Southwest Airlines plane traveling from LaGuardia airport to the Dallas Love ... Read More »

Daddy, Watch

“Daddy, watch.” I turn to see my son attempting a “Dude Perfect” trick shot—backwards, off the backboard, into the net. As it goes in, he lets out a scream—“Let’s go!” “Daddy,” my youngest asks, “can we make a treasure hunt?” “Daddy... Read More »

There Is Only One Doctrine with Divine Power—But Is This What You Preach and Teach?

Why should we be concerned about doctrine? After all, some have noticed that doctrines divide Christians, while others have opined that an emphasis on the mission of the church could unite Christians. But is it true that “doctrine divides, but missions unite... Read More »

Does Elohim foreshadow the Trinity in Genesis 1?

The age-old riddle—“Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”—is no mystery for the Christian. Biblically speaking, the answer is unequivocally: “the chicken” (cf. Genesis 1:24; 2:19). A more difficult question to answer, however, is whether the w... Read More »

Why I am preaching through the whole Bible

My journey into the role of a lead pastor has been far from ordinary. In 2009, my family and I moved from the Dallas metroplex to West Monroe, La. (that’s right … I’m in “Duck Dynasty” land), to become the student pastor at a church called First West... Read More »

He Paid My Debt – So What?

During this Easter season, we often sing the Elvina Hall hymn “Jesus Paid It All.” The refrain is: Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow. Jesus paid our debt through His substitutionary atonement[1] o... Read More »

God is Faithful in the Midst of Life’s Fragility

My wife and colleagues at Southwestern Seminary have asked me this week, “Are you doing OK? You’re acting weird and a little off.” Weird – no; a little off – yes. I’ve been highly introspective this week and overwhelmed with a single thought. Let m... Read More »

Why Ancient People Needed God, Why Modern People Don’t, and Why I Still Do

Imagine living in the ancient world, a world without internet, without computers, without electrical power, without complex machines, without running water—without the conveniences of modern life. Just imagine it—the work required to gather and prepare foo... Read More »

SBC’s Church Planting Sunday

Back in 2007, I developed an initial desire to plant a church. As time went by, I began to ask the Lord if this was of Him or just human emotion. After submitting to Him in prayer, the desire began to grow daily until a clear vision for church planting took sh... Read More »

Toward a ‘By the Book’ and ‘From the Heart’ Kind of Evangelism

Seventeen years ago, David Beck, a New Testament and Greek professor at Southeastern Seminary, used his sabbatical to address his concern that “evangelism is often recognized as the heartbeat of the church, yet it is rarely the focus of serious research amon... Read More »