THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST DILEMMA

Two SBC Viruses Threatening the Life of the Convention

There is most likely a virus inside your body right now. Probably even a few. These latent viruses are tiny squatters that call our bodies home. Some of the more well-known latent viruses inhabit as much as 80 to 90% of the human population. These insidious microbes slip into our bodies when we are kids. […]

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A LAMENT FOR UVALDE

One Vital Response in the Fight Against Evil

It’s been a little more than two weeks since a young man walked into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and fatally shot nineteen students and two teachers. Two weeks may be the average life span of a national story these days, so most people are now going back to their own version of a […]

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THE SCOURGE OF SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

When Will We Muster the Moral Courage to Act?

The latest horrific school shooting occurred yesterday in Uvalde, Texas, where a lone gunman killed 19 children and 2 adults. It’s the 27th school shooting this year. What is it going to take for us to muster the moral courage to do something about it?   American Violence The Gun Violence Archive, an independent data […]

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NAOMI JUDD AND THE STRUGGLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

Seven Things to Do When a Loved One Commits Suicide

Last week, the day before she was to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, singer Naomi Judd took her own life. She was 76 years old and left behind a husband, two daughters, and thousands of adoring fans. Her story has immeasurable value for those who deal with the debilitating pain of […]

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THIS IS MY FIGHT SONG

Four Little Known Bible Fight Songs

Confession: I’m a sucker for inspirational, underdog-overcoming-life stories. The Bible is replete with them. Noah against the flood, Gideon and his band of 300 warriors against thousands of Midianites, Esther against Haman, Daniel in the lion’s den, Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego in the fiery furnace, and of course, David against Goliath. I can’t get enough […]

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FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO …

How to Read the Bible for Understanding

According to legend, an aging Karl Barth, who was one of the greatest theologians of the 20th Century, was asked if he could sum up all of his learning in one sentence. He closed his eyes and thought for a moment and then responded, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me […]

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FIVE SCRIPTURES TO PRAY OVER YOUR CHILDREN

The Power of Praying the Scriptures Over Those You Love

I have two sons and one daughter. My children are in the process of becoming self-sufficient adults. In some ways, I have less influence over them than I once had. This is the time to step up my prayers for them.   Praying Over Your Children “Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words […]

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The Missing Marriage Vows

5 Marriage Vows You Will Never Hear at a Wedding

Last year Priscilla and I celebrated thirty years of marriage. We traveled back to New Orleans, the city where we honeymooned all those years ago. We traced the exact same journey from Dallas to Gaveston, across the ferry at Port Bolivar, and then east on I-10 to New Orleans. It was a glorious trip.   […]

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When a Christian Should Keep Quiet

Six Times When It's Better for a Christian to Stay Silent

Let’s face it. Christians don’t have a great reputation in the larger community. This wasn’t always the case but increasingly seems to be the norm. When people encounter a Christian, they instinctively raise their protective shields. Why is that?   Evangelical Christians vs. Non-Christians A 2019 Barna report shows that non-Christians view Evangelical Christians through […]

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