Five Practical Steps to Evangelize Your Co-Workers

Do you have a job? If so, you have a mission field. God wants each and every one of us to live on mission for Him.   The American workplace is ripe, and now is the time to reach your co-workers for Christ. Very practically, though, how do you do it? Follow these five steps, and they’ll help you go more »

Invite Your One Day | October 21st

Happy Labor Day! I hope today is one of rest from the busyness of work. Colossians 3:23-24 gives a wonderful explanation of work. I encourage you to reflect upon this verse on this Labor Day: 23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You more »

Rescue

Rescue Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost. 2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. 1 Corinthians 3:12–15 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, more »

The Seismic Shift of the Southern Baptist Convention

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is undergoing a seismic shift. The following entities are currently searching for a new president:   Executive Committee International Mission Board Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Lifeway Christian Resources ___________ Baptist Theological Seminary will inevitably transition to a new president in the near future.   Of the twelve SBC entities, nearly half are undergoing executive transition. more »

6 Hot Topics for Church Leaders to Consider

Recently, I was asked by Outreach Magazine to answer some questions about how I lead Brushy Creek Baptist Church. I thought you may enjoy reading this info. 1. MENTORS AND ROLE MODELS. Who has influenced you in your faith journey and ministry, and what did they do that we could all learn from?   Drs. Ronnie Floyd, Jack Graham, Jay Strack, more »

5 Ways to be a Tigger and Not an Eeyore

Pooh Bear. He’s so jolly, right? My two children are young and impressionable. They love this series written by A. A. Milne. This anthropomorphic teddy bear, Winnie-the-Pooh, has a group of buddies: Piglet, Roo, Rabbit, and or course Eeyore and Tigger.   Tigger is the happy and encouraging tiger who jumps around, while Eeyore is the negative little donkey who more »

Four Typical Responses to Church Conflict

Conflict. The very words make my back tighten and teeth clinch. The very subject is something we all wish was not part of life, but churches are comprised of people, and people have conflict.   Over my years of pastoral ministry, I’ve seen all kinds of conflict. Some have been serious, and some have been silly. No matter the level more »

Everyone Stands on Level Ground before God

Look at Amos 9:7. He was saying this to a proud and arrogant group of people who felt like they had God in a box with reference to their own future.  Amos warns them by saying, “‘Are you not like the Cushites to me, O people of Israel?’ declares the Lord.”   The Cushites were the inhabitants of the interior more »

Four Aspects of Trusting God During Church Conflict

At the time of this writing, I have been a pastor for slightly more than ten years. Over these years, I have seen seasons of church peace and growth, as well as seasons of conflict and decline. The topic of growth is more fun to write about, but conflict is also just as real, and it needs to be discussed. more »

The Revelation of God’s Judgment

We see in this eighth chapter of Amos, the medium, message, and motif of God’s revelation.   Amos 8:1–2 says, “This is what the Lord God showed me: behold, a basket of summer fruit. 2 And he said, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then the Lord said to me, “The end has come more »