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 »