When God’s People Become Irresponsible, the Only Response is Judgment

Amos’ listeners did not like this message any more than a contemporary man would like it.  They said, “Amos, you sheep-keeping, rural peasant, go back.  We’ve got our view on these things.  God has guaranteed us immunity because we are His people.  God has promised us rescue.”  So, Amos pictures them as they dally around on their overstuffed high horses more »

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 »