But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 01:07

What If Church Isn’t Meant to Be a Weekly Cataclysm?

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Chew on this:

In his wisdom, God has crafted a life for us that does not careen from huge, consequential moment to huge, consequential moments. In fact, if you examine your life, you will see that you have actually had few of those moments. You can probably name only two or three life-changing...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:38

Hitting the state convention annual meeting

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I had not planned to attend this year even though the site is fairly close to me but I had forgotten that my wife was scheduled to sing in the big, statewide chorus. I rearranged my plans.

As a seasoned observer of such meetings, I offer a few vignettes of the meeting:

Our convention is in pretty...

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Some say yes. You can easily find that assertion elsewhere. I don’t judge our second largest entity, the North American Mission Board, nor their leadership to be perfect but have come to regard their work as effective and worthy of the support of SBC churches, pastors, and laypeople.

It...

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Last week, the worst tragedy in American church history (on a physical level, at least) took place in Sutherland Springs.

Is your church going to be any different this week?

Are you making plans to change your security measures?

There has been some chest thumping among some preachers that make you...

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We were all stunned a couple of years back when David Platt stood before us and laid out, gruesome detail by gruesome detail, exactly what was going on financially at the IMB. In the previous 5 years, the IMB had overspent by 210 million dollars. Platt did several things right in that moment.

  • He was...

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Yesterday I saw a post on Facebook from a retired police officer, security expert, and security consultant: “The best thing a church CAN do is to LOCK THEIR DOORS right before the services begin.” I know this gentleman. He was not coming from a theological perspective. He was coming...

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Baptist Press so reports: SWBTS cuts staff due to health care, utility costs

After making “low-hanging fruit adjustments” that included reductions in dining services, copy center hours and the fleet of vehicles at the 200-acre campus, Patrick said the administration decided not to fill...

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image The hostility toward Christianity is reaching a boiling point in some circles of our society. Evidently, a large segment of our society is offended and angered by the fact that we pray for one another when tragedy strikes.

California representative Ted Lieu walked out of Congress’ moment of...

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The good Dr. Scott posted this on Facebook yesterday and gave me permission to post it here. It is great wisdom for us to hear. 

A WORD OF CAUTION TO SOUTHERN BAPTIST PASTORS

In the aftermath of the murder of many of the members of a sister church in Sutherland, Texas is not a time for...

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It’s just not safe.  Those are the words I recently heard from a man I invited to church.  We were hosting our Fall Festival at a central location in the community.  As I went around talking with families and inviting them to church, some expressed interest in coming. ...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 06:49

What Do You Say When Words Fail?

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  • An evil man fires on helpless people at a concert in Vegas and we are sickened.
  • A lone wolf rents a truck and mows down helpless people on a bike trail in New York and we are angry.

But then a man entered a church – one of ours – in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and opened fire and we have...

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That’s what is being reported by numerous sources – here, here, here. Excerpt from WaPo:

The Republicans’ bill would make it legal for ministers and other religious leaders to endorse candidates from the pulpit but stops short of allowing other political participation such as...

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image I was engaged in a Facebook discussion today with two eminent Southern Baptist scholars who said some of the most inane, silly things in defense of the National League’s refusal to join the 20th Century (yes, I know it’s the 21st Century) and adopt the DH. They were not even persuaded...

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imageWhy did Jesus need to be filled with the Spirit?

Luke 4 records the temptation of Christ and the beginning of his ministry here on earth. In verses 1-2 we are told, “Then Jesus left the Jordan, full of the Holy Spirit, and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days to be...

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Suppose, beloved pastor, you wanted to know how much money your church had on hand today. How would you find out?

You could ask the financial secretary and she would give you a number but how do you know this is accurate? (Hint: You don’t).

You could find the latest financial report given to...

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I’ve read quite a few articles lately about something sociologists are calling FOMO. That’s short for “fear of missing out”. It’s why you keep your phone with you all the time and are almost constantly checking out social media. But I can save you from FOMO…at...

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Tennessee Baptists have drawn their line in the sand and have taken their stand against rallies scheduled for Shelbyville and Murfreesboro, Tennessee tomorrow, October 28th. From the Tennessee Baptist and Reflector:

FRANKLIN – A mix of ethnically diverse Tennessee Baptists gathered in a...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 21:48

A bit of the Lost Cause and monuments

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In sorting out some of my material I ran across a folder with the April 26, 1912, local paper, The Athens Banner. The Titanic had just sunk. My parents had not been born. The last member of my family who served in the Civil War had died three years earlier and numerous other CSA veterans had died a...

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 20:43

What Should We Think about Pastor Platt?

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David Platt, the President of our International Mission Board, recently became the preaching pastor at the Mclean Bible Church, a megachurch in the DC area. There has been a lot of confusion and misinformation about the whole process, and there many who are troubled by this development. Platt is a...

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Jim is an attorney (don’t hold that against him) and a frequent reader of Voices. 

I was born in 1947 and attended integrated Army schools.  I learned about white supremacy while visiting family in Alabama.  My cousins would trick me into drinking from “colored only”...

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Monday, 23 October 2017 04:51

Pent up irascibility

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Doesn’t take much to stir me up these days. Consider these.

Who will be the first brave pastor who bans service dogs from his church service? I see these dogs around and read about them being everywhere – airplanes, businesses, schools – you name it. Now, I’m seeing one...

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Sunday, 22 October 2017 20:35

One Essential Mark of Church Revitalization

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There is a type of shrewdness that is pastoral. There is another type of shrewdness that is Satanic. Knowing the difference is key to church revitalization.

Pastor Jim normally threw away all the ads that piled on his desk on Monday morning. Most of them frustrate him. He’s been pastoring this...

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Friday, 20 October 2017 08:40

The Rub

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Driving home in my car just now I turned my radio on to the local Christian talk station just in time for the Jay Sekulow Live program. The topic of discussion for today was tax reform. Even though it is not the topic I want to write about, nor what I really want to discuss here, I will come out...

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 11:07

A Great Book that Shouldn’t Need to Be Written!

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We arranged with Jews for Jesus to have a full seder at our church on the Wednesday night before Easter and they sent a man named Avi Snyder to lead us. Sometimes you hit it off with another and that is what happened that night. He showed up early and we talked. We arranged to go out for breakfast...

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 01:30

Are Unhappy Christians a Poor Witness?

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In a sense a depressed Christian is a contradiction in terms, and he is a very poor recommendation for the gospel. –Martyn LloydJones (Spiritual Depression)

I’ve labored over this quote for quite some time. I battle depression. So when I read statements like this from a pastor I revere...

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