April 24, 2019

Ministry essentials: a calf, a heifer, and a donkey

After twenty-two years of formal education, including a Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy from seminary, and more than 20 years of pastoral experience, I have discovered three unknown things that I needed from the start: a calf, a donkey, and a heifer.  Three beautiful stories in the Bible and many experiences taught me this reality.  You may need …

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June 27, 2018


To my fellow church leaders: In 1979, my parents were driving to dinner on a two-lane road near Easley, SC. A drunk driver traveling 90 miles mph dropped the right front tire off the road and overcorrected the wheel. He jerked the steering wheel in an effort to realign the truck and struck them head-on in a collision that would …

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June 1, 2018

Perspective: Understanding the upcoming 2018 Southern Baptist Convention

The Southern Baptist Convention only exists two days a year – when we convene.  The Convention is not a denomination but a convening of churches who have the same basic set of beliefs (Baptist) and have chosen to work together to do missions and ministries by creating, governing, and funding agencies.  More than 45,000 churches and 15 million people participate …

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August 19, 2017

My thoughts about Charlottesville and Kissimmee

Charlottesville, VA   There are moments in life when a nation views the grotesque depth of the sinfulness and darkness of the human soul.  When these moments come, you never recover from the terror of it.  The effects of what you have seen stay with you.  White supremacy, bigotry, and violent hatred erupted and played out yet again on national …

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January 5, 2017

Three steps to make this year your best

God started a work in your life and will perform that work until the day of Jesus Christ.  He is moving you to maturity, positioning you for perfection, and sustaining you for sanctification.  To live this year will mean embracing grace and growth.  Simply said, God is not finished with you yet.  God intends to move you towards the best …

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October 27, 2016

Where was God when Flight 17 was shot down?

July 17, 2014 Malaysian Airlines flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lampur carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew members was shot down by a surface to air missile fired from Ukrainian separatists.  Just moments after the plane was downed, Igor Girkin, leader of the Dunbass separatists posted on their social media site that they had downed the aircraft.  After the …

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October 19, 2016

Domestic Abuse

I often witness the tears of my people as they tell of their domestic abuse experience.  It is so sad and overwhelming.  Therefore, I asked Chris Crowe to be a guest blogger for me this week to discuss it.  Read this and you will be better equipped to face it with a friend or in your own home. Domestic Abuse: …

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September 21, 2016

How should I vote and the sobering truth about this election?

Fear is a terrible motivator for decisions.  The Bible says that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and of a sound mind.  Both Presidential campaigns are using fear to move voters as a simple sampling of commercials would reveal. Fear actually moves people more than other styles of communication and motivation.  I hesitate …

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September 13, 2016


Listeners tend to grant trust to communicators who know how to brand and market their ideas rather than communicators of truth.  It is a day of style over substance.  Paul warned that a time would come when people would turn from the truth and be turned aside to fables (2 Timothy 4:4).  In the last days, Jesus said that there …

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August 26, 2016

God is with you

Acts 7:9 states: “And the patriarchs becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt.  But God was with him.”  I have to confess that when I read this a few days ago I thought just the opposite.  It does not sound like God was with him.  He was envied by his brothers.  His success was their failure.  His blessing did not please …

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