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 »

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 »

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 »