Is Pornography Morally Acceptable at Seminary?

No, this title is not clickbait. It is a question our seminaries, churches, and homes are confronting daily. Read on. State of Affairs A recent Gallup poll reported that 43 percent of Americans now think pornography is morally acceptable.[1] This is up from 36... Read More »

Demonstrating God the Father

God created three institutions this side of heaven—family, church and government. Family was the first institution He created in Genesis 1-2, and it has been under assault since Genesis 3. Family is the basic unit of society. If you weaken the family, you we... 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 »

Reflections on Las Vegas: Would you leave behind a spiritual massacre?

The mass shooting in Las Vegas elicits many appropriate biblical responses – anger over the evil actions, grief over the assailant’s lost soul, compassion for the dead and surviving victims, and urgent prayer. There is one additional reaction that has grip... Read More »

Tips for being a Successful Student

This week, Southwestern Seminary begins its 110th fall semester. More than 45,000 graduates have matriculated through Southwestern’s hallowed halls. These students have either traversed their educational journey well or they have struggled. In my 27 years em... Read More »

Teenagers: In Vogue vs. In Christ

Teen Vogue, a magazine targeting 11- to 17-year-olds girls, recently published a how-to article instructing teens how to perform anal sex. This article is on the heels of a recent article on how to masturbate if you are a male and a similar article on how to m... Read More »

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 »