7 Traits of Thriving Congregations: Hope

7 Traits of Thriving Congregations: Hope

In the 1950’s a somewhat morbid experiment was conducted by a professor at Johns Hopkins University named Curt Richter.  He put wild rats in a container of water and forced them to swim as long as they could before drowning.  Most of the rats swam for only a few...
In-Dependence

In-Dependence

The very first church I pastored was the First Baptist Church of Rosebud, TX.  Rosebud wasn’t exactly a bustling metropolis.  We numbered 1459 residents back in the day.  I remember going to denominational meetings and professional gatherings and coveting the...
Learning to See All Over Again

Learning to See All Over Again

Right after I turned forty years old I went to see my optometrist.  We were moving from Little Rock to Wilmington and my very budget conscious wife insisted I should go since for a few more weeks we would still have vision coverage through her job.  Nothing was really...