Paige Patterson[1] and I met over twenty years ago, and for most of that time, I have served with him and under his leadership in varying degrees of closeness.  I have seen him when he was up and when he was down.  I have seen him laugh often, but I have seen him weep.  I […]

When our children choose to turn from Christ and the church, how should we respond?

Atheism is a religion with a doctrinal basis that requires, I believe, more faith than Christianity.  Now let me be careful here because I recognize that as many “denominations” of atheist likely exist as there are Christian denominations.  But just as Christianity has key tenets and rises and falls on the Doctrine of the Trinity, […]

We all know about Easter Sunday (Resurrection) and Good Friday (Crucifixion). Some know about Maundy Thursday (Last Supper). But do you know about Easter Monday, the day after Easter?

Churches of different sizes often function differently, and the ways a small church goes about things often do not match the processes used by a larger church. Below is a suggested plan for the selection of deacons in the small church that seeks to remain tied to the Scriptures. 1. Number—Before a church begins the […]

“Worship” is the source of much conversation among Christians, and it is part of the discord within many churches.  Much of the discussion seems content to speak of worship, for the most part, as one sort or another of Christian music. At the same time, Professor of Theology, Ethics, and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Mark […]

Pretty much anyone with experience in American schools of education over the last several decades is thoroughly familiar with Abraham Maslow.  Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is legendary and has been wildly influential both in American education and in American culture, often influencing those who do not know Maslow at all. Maslow did not create the […]

The following is the first in a series I am writing with Dr. Evan Lenow, professor of ethics at SWBTS. Dr. Lenow authored this first post. You can see this post and future posts on his site here. Disclaimer: This series of posts is not intended to provide legal advice regarding church law, membership issues, or […]

This is the fourth installment of a multi-part series addressing why churches need to consider updating their organizational documents. The series is written in conjunction with Evan Lenow. This post is Part 4. For the first three parts, “There’s No Time…” and “We Believe…” and “Wedding Policies…” see here. Disclaimer: This series of posts is […]

This is the third installment of a multi-part series addressing why churches need to consider updating their organizational documents. The series is written in conjunction with Evan Lenow. This post is Part 3. For the first two parts, “There’s No Time…” and “We Believe…” see here. Disclaimer: This series of posts is not intended to provide […]

This is the second installment of a multi-part series addressing why churches need to consider updating their organizational documents. The series is written in conjunction with Evan Lenow, who wrote both Part 1 (available here) and this post. Disclaimer: This series of posts is not intended to provide legal advice regarding church law, membership issues, or lawsuits. […]

My original post, So I Can Minister to Them, has drawn considerable attention, for which I am grateful. In that attention has been a small sample of confused replies from a few who seem unsure just where I stand on the marriage of a man to a man or a woman to a woman or on […]

As Christian parents, we want our children to be both holy and happy. We desire for our children to walk with God in holiness, to love God and to seek His Kingdom, to live above sin, to know and to practice God’s Word, and to live out of trust in God. We also desire for […]

This is an open post to pastors and to all ordained ministers who hold firmly to the Scriptures. The time of testing is here. However the Supreme Court rules on the matter, marriage between two men or between two women is here to stay. Legislators have found little strength to fight this movement, and it […]

Any illusion some may have harbored that public education in America was still primarily about learning information and skills in academic subjects such as math, science, and history should now be put to rest for good. Public education is openly and clearly a political tool for the changing of society at large and the indoctrination […]

Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:2-3) My grandson, Adrian, is 16 months old, and he is my teacher.  […]

Recently, the Grammys made headlines for its Satanic and overtly sexual tone.  I did not watch the show, but the photos taken from it and the couple of clips I did see were more than enough. In all the hubbub over Katy Perry’s ritual dance and Jay-Z’s and Beyonce’s sex show, and in all of […]

Two things, it seems, have been lost in the noise over Phil Robertson’s comments concerning homosexuality as reported by GQ Magazine. First, Robertson is being called to account by A&E for quoting Scripture. He was asked in the interview to define sin. He replied with a pretty good paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. Quoting Scripture […]

With the recent Supreme Court ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act along with lower court and state rulings both legalizing same-sex marriage and requiring business owners to violate their consciences and to offer services to same-sex weddings, many churches wisely are turning to update their bylaws.  I believe that your church should, too. Church […]

Hear, O Israel.  The Lord our God, the Lord is one!  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.  And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk […]

I believe that sometimes, people are just better off when they lie and steal. I believe in honesty, but integrity is hard, and some people get themselves into situations in which integrity is just painful. They should be allowed to lie and to steal their way out of these situations without any more pain than […]

In Part 1 of The Trouble with Science, we stated that since science is the work of finite, sinful men and women, we, Christians, should be careful not to expect too much from it.  In Part 2, we explore six things to remember as we keep science in perspective. 1.  What is.  The scientific method […]

We live in a world enamored with science.  All one has to do to give his ideas or product a good standing is to appeal to science.  Simply placing the adjective, “scientific,” on something gives the ring of quality and authenticity and veracity to a product or a to study or even to someone’s opinion. […]

Recently I had the privilege of spending some time with a wise young Mom and her very cute 17-month-old son.  During the course of our conversation she told me that she and her husband were surprised when, at the child’s tender age of six months, they began to notice rebellious behavior in him.  She said […]

Can it be that simple? Phil Robertson is the Duck Commander, the creator of a duck call company and one of the stars of the new hit television show on A&E called Duck Dynasty. LifeWay has presented Phil’s salvation testimony via video at In his testimony, Phil tells of “God coming down in flesh” […]

First published March, 2013. Recently, an article was published by entitled Will Science Someday Rule Out the Possibility of God? Christians should be shaking in their boots, it seems. Science, the article claims, is close to proving that God does not exist. What will we do? Natalie Wolchover, the author of the article wrote, […]

In a fascinating article this month in The Atlantic, “The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans,”[1] Neal Gabler identified himself among the 47 percent of Americans who could not cover an unexpected $400 expense without resorting to debt or to selling something. He went on to describe the “financial impotence” of “a sizable minority or a […]