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...
When you pastor the Titanic

When you pastor the Titanic

What if you knew that your congregation was on a collision course with its demise? What would you do? Who would you tell? How would it change the way you lead? Would it affect your sense of urgency? Would it help you better distinguish between minor and major...
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...
What the Gloomy Predictions about Church Overlook

What the Gloomy Predictions about Church Overlook

Are you tired of the doomsday rhetoric about the church in America? Have you noticed that the bandwagon of those predicting the imminent demise of congregational life is filled to capacity? Are you ready to tune out another diatribe proclaiming that the church ship is...
Building the Church

Building the Church

Cathedrals have been on my mind in recent weeks. I was one of millions who watched in horror as the famed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burned on April 15. The world has since offered an outpouring of support for the people of Paris and the damaged structure that lies...
Living in the Time of the Judges

Living in the Time of the Judges

“In those days there was no king in Israel; all the people did what was right in their own eyes.”      – Judges 21:25 Editorial comments like this are peppered throughout the book of Judges.  Its editor wanted to make sure we didn’t...