Author Archives: waylanandbetsyowens

A Life According to Convictions

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 […]

Adult Children of Believers

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

The Missing Link of Atheism

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, […]

To Be Another Person

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 […]

Easter Monday

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?

Deacon Selection In the Small Church

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–A Biblical Definition?

“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 […]

Abraham, Meet Jesus

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 […]