Category: Christian Living

Are We Acting Wisely Toward Outsiders?

Prior to the Apostle Paul’s closing salutations and personal remarks in his letter to the Colossians, he commands the congregation: “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity” (Colossians 4:5). As one who desires... Read More »

A Serendipity Named Cornelius

February is such a fun-filled month of joy and the expression of tokens of love, but it frequently comes with certain expectations. Besides December, more acts of kindness and expressions of love are given in this month than any other time of the year. But mos... Read More »

To Meditate or Not to Meditate …

Recent reports of studies from the world of psychology have heaped doubts upon the efficacy of meditation as a therapy and have undermined the widespread idea that Eastern-style meditation can be good for whatever ails you. One news article reports: For scient... Read More »

Seizing Moments that Shape Eternity

The account in Acts 8:26-40 of the conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch through the witness of Philip fascinates me every time I read it. There are so many surprise factors in the story. I’m surprised by an angel commanding Philip to go to the desert road that... Read More »

Death is not a Blessing

Editor’s Note: This article is written to correspond with the Southern Baptist Convention’s Sanctity of Life Sunday (January 21) Some 20 years ago, Dudley Clendinen wrote an opinion for The New York Times entitled “When Death is a Blessing and Li... Read More »

We Cannot Walk Alone

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a holiday we have observed since 1986 that commemorates the efforts of the Civil Rights movement in our country, and especially one of the most important voices: Martin Luther King Jr. Though Dr. King spoke and wrote much, ... Read More »

Rest and Remember

The tendency to forget is as natural as sinning since the Fall. Yet, we are called in Scripture to remember the Lord our God. Aging seems to be an enemy of our ability to remember, but it is not the only hindrance. The busyness of our lives demands mental atte... Read More »

Strong Advice on Channeling Your Inner Pope

Augustus Hopkins Strong—Baptist theologian, seminary president, and pastor from generations past—stated of those in Christian ministry, “The natural tendency of every minister is to usurp authority and to become a bishop. He has in him an undeveloped pop... Read More »

Six Reminders for Dealing with Conflict

You have heard the horror stories: The new pastor comes in and, within a few months, people are already clamoring for his removal. I will not try to tell you this never happens, because it does. While I do believe this happens much more rarely than most people... Read More »

Does the Bible elevate being right over rightly relating?

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Or you will also be like him. Answer a fool as his folly deserves, That he not be wise in his own eyes. — Proverbs 26:4-5 This passage creates cognitive dissonance for readers pining for a single, solidifying ... Read More »