Category: Church

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 »

The Vision Thing: Necessary or Optional?

Proverbs 29:18a, “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained,” refers to supernatural revelation. The word translated as vision also appears in Jeremiah 23:16b in a warning about false prophets: “They are leading you into futility; they speak ... 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 »

Senior Adults and the Next Generation

If my mom were still alive today, she would be 74. My dad is 76 and a senior adult. I can remember when I was in college thinking that someone who was 40 was really old. Now, 40-something does not seem old at all. The closer I get to the 55+ season of life, th... Read More »

Top 5 SHP titles of 2017

Seminary Hill Press is the publishing arm of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, publishing works by the institution’s faculty and alumni. In 2017, the press produced multiple titles that would make great Christmas gifts for theologians and laypersons... Read More »

Just Say What the Bible Says

Every pastor deals with a certain reality every single week. I’ve heard it referenced as the “relentless return of Sunday.” You preach your heart out, pour yourself empty, and exhaust yourself physically and emotionally only to wake up on Monday or Tuesd... Read More »

Not in Church! Thoughts about Sutherland Springs

A tragedy occurred at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, yesterday. Something that should never happen happened as a small group of Christians gathered together to worship. A man walked into the church during worship and shot and killed 26 ... 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 »

Three Keys to Experiencing Church Growth

After hosting nearly 100 episodes of a church leadership podcast that focuses on church growth and writing more than 1,000 articles on the topic, I’ve learned that the most important trait for church growth is an undergirding of prayer and biblical fidelity.... Read More »

Should churches promote high self-esteem?

Let us consider for a moment how popular it has become to promote a positive self-image, to affirm personal identity in self, and to uplift confidence in one’s own ability. Better yet, let us consider how popular this has become specifically among believers.... Read More »