18 Observations of the 2018 SBC Annual Meeting

I’ve been attending the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting since 1985, when my parents strolled me around the convention hall. My wife is the same. Our families are deeply invested in this denomination. My father and father-in-law are trustees at SBC entities. I was on a council that concluded our business this week. I went to an SBC seminary. more »

Stand Up for What is Right when You’re Tempted to be Neutral

Amos turns, finally, to look to the west, at the end of his first chapter.  We’ll go with him there.  He looks at another ancient, neighboring nation: The Phoenicians.  You may remember them—sailors and ship builders.  He addresses them in Amos 1:9 by speaking to their capitol city, Tyre.  He knew what we have come to learn.  Amos learned the more »

Stand Against Cruelty for the Good of Humanity

The God of Amos is active when there is an attitude of cruelty that reflects inhumanity of feeling.  The City of Damascus was reputed by that generation to be the oldest in the world.[i]  Amos turns his attention to the northern neighbors of Israel—the Syrians—whose empire and sphere of influence was symbolized by the capitol city, Damascus.  Mohammed was so more »

Six Predictions of the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting

We are just days away from the commencement of the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting. Much conjecture of the outcome of next week has filled phone calls, texts, tweets, and the like. Here are six of my predictions . . .   The “For Such a Time as This” rally will be the main national headline.   I more »

10 Tips for First-Time Attendees of the Southern Baptist Convention

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting is quickly approaching. If you are attending for the first time ever, or it has been a long time, I hope this post helps you to take advantage of your time.   Pre-register as a messenger.   Click here to pre-register. Trust me . . . I have served on the credentials committee, more »

The Person God Uses in Unsettled Times

As a disciple of Jesus Christ, you are under an obligation to have a radically different perspective to living in these days.  The mindless, milling, multitudes will not see what the lonely Amos of the 21st Century will be able to see—that is the Word of God—in the history of our day.  Tekoa was a lonely place, but the man more »

Is the world completely hopeless?

I’m about to make a shocking statement, and I believe it with all of my heart: Jesus Christ is not the hope of the world.   If you don’t agree with me, I don’t think you understand the Bible clearly. The Bible never says Jesus Christ is the hope of the world. The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the more »

Israel Divide in the Millennial Generation and Why Israel Matters

The following are the two speeches that I am giving today, May 14, 2018, at the International Christian Embassy of Jerusalem’s event, “Israel: Seventy and Strong” at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, VA (suburban Washington, DC).   Click the following for PDF versions of the speeches: Israel Divide in the Millennial Generation Why Israel Matters Israel Divide in the more »

Ten Lessons I’ve Learned After Ten Years of Pastoring

  This month marks ten years since I transitioned from being an intern at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas to taking the role of Senior Pastor at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Lenoir City, TN. Well . . . “Senior Pastor” was a funny title. There was a part-time secretary and myself on staff when I got to the more »