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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Monday, 25 December 2017 22:05

Scare headline of the year

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CLERGY MAY SOON FIND TAXES SOARING AS RESULT OF AN UNDER-THE-RADAR RULING

Yeah, that’s under-the-radar if you are The Rev. Rip V. Winkle who slept for the last decade or so and just woke up.

The article is about the clergy housing allowance. Other than the screaming, vein popping headline...

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 08:25

The Reader’s Bibles are here!

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A few years ago a Kickstarter project raised over a million dollars to produce a high-quality, multi-volume Bible without chapter or verse numbers. The idea was to create a distraction-free reading experience. I was taken in and ponied up $25 for the volume on the New Testament. Then I waited. And...

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I think alliteration is silly…except when I use it.

The lawsuit against LifeWay over Glorieta (the sale of which was over four years ago) continues to hang by a thread. It’s like the wierd uncle that won’t go away. The underlying issue is a complaint about compensation of one...

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I’ll be uncharacteristically brief, here. While the whole universe is speculating about what lessons Republicans or Democrats ought to learn from Roy Moore’s loss in Alabama, I’d like to turn the conversation away from politics and ask what lessons we who are pastors and other...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 20:13

What Do These Flags Mean?

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imageIt’s a decades long tradition in my church. Every year in December, our auditorium gets decked out with an array of flags from all over the world. It’s an awesome thing that I really enjoy, especially as it gives us a chance to explain to visitors and newcomers what they represent while...

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imageI was browsing Twitter a few days ago and came across a tweet retweeting a quote from a source I generally ignore. I make active use of the block and mute functions on social media. What good comes from arguments in 140 characters (or 280)? When someone is hostile or belligerent, I exit them from...

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 03:48

The Day After: Random Thoughts in a Weird World

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Random thoughts after the divisive Alabama Senate race and the tragic story about Judge Pressler.

1. It is time that character becomes an issue once again in American politics. 

The truth is that sin, hypocrisy, and all kinds of darkness have always been a part of the American political...

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NOTE: I made a correction in my original post. I had said that no accusation had been made against Dr. Patterson of a cover-up. I was directed to page 33 of the lawsuit where in fact such an accusation is made. The accusation is not proof of course, but my assertion that there was no accusation was...

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 00:40

Pro Choice Heretic

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*This article was discussed on the author’s podcast, All Truth is God’s Truth, recently. You can find the episode here (iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher)....

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Sunday, 10 December 2017 23:29

Brave excursions in language

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I always appreciate little language nuggets and interesting things I haven’t thought about. While they are rather scarce among us, here are a few I’ve run across (trigger alert: political hot topics included):

Let’s face it: the Roy Moore situation is a sticky wicket. This...

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The Baptist Faith and Message says, in part, about the Bible:

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 19:51

To Be Like Christ: When the Knife Sinks Deep

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After nearly four decades in this job, I believe it is fair to say that the ministry presents unique challenges.

No, despite what we like to say when we are together boasting about who is the busiest, we preachers don’t work harder than anyone else. Every job has its stress and the people in...

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 21:30

Anybody mess up predicting SBC things this year?

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Back in January I did a “things to watch in 2017” piece.

Here’s my list:

  1. What will be the response to the revamped Pastors Conference in Phoenix?  I thought it was very well done and well received.
  2. Will we start to see leadership transitions in southern states? ...

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Monday, 04 December 2017 00:20

The New and Improved (?) SBC Voices

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We are going to be changing some things around here the first of the year (hopefully, if all goes well).

We still intend to write the same kind of soul-stirring, mind-expanding, convention-altering blog posts (am I laying it on too thick?) that we’ve always done, but we are also beginning...

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Sunday, 03 December 2017 12:57

Episode 8 – Pro Choice Heretic

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I have two segments for you this week on Episode 8 of the All Truth Is God’s Truth Program.

1) Pro Choice Heretic – starts at 00:57

There are two...

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Friday, 01 December 2017 21:22

Top SBC news stories of 2017

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This is only 11 months worth. There’s still time to make some news.

Our Sacred Clergy Tax Break takes a hit in federal court. The minister’s housing allowance, which allows clergy to exclude a considerable portion of their income from income tax, is ruled unconstitutional by a federal...

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The Chairman of the Deacons approached me about a rumor floating around the church during my tenure as an Arkansas Pastor from 1977-1983. The rumor: the pastor is engaging in inappropriate sexual contact with girls between the ages of 13-17. Although astonished by the deacon’s inquiry, I...

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Jesus says some strange and difficult things in the Gospels. Some just leave us confused and some are downright mind-boggling. But in John 16:7 he says something that most of us simply do not believe – even though we are inerrantists!

Nevertheless, I am telling you the truth. It is for your...

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I’ve been meaning to write about this for over a week, but life events have slowed me down. At least 8 state conventions issued resolutions condemning racism, white nationalism and white supremacy, and the Alt-Right and calling upon gospel unity at their annual meetings. With strong...

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Monday, 27 November 2017 23:22

Does That Ministry Count?

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I thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from David Murray’s latest book, Reset. It’s a phenomenal book on preventing burnout. Though not specifically about burnout, I want to share a paragraph I read that was incredibly helpful.

In the seventh chapter Murray encourages his readers to...

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Sunday, 26 November 2017 20:13

2017 Cooperative Program/State Convention quiz

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All of this (except for the last question) pertains to the portion of the Cooperative Program that is sent by the states to the Executive Committee and distributed through the SBC CP Allocation Budget. The data used here are not the total CP including the 60% or so of revenues kept by the state...

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It’s a Southern Baptist cliche: “We are a convention of small churches.”

We are indeed. The median SBC church will have 70 souls in average weekly worship attendance  this coming Sunday which means that around 25,000 SBC churches have a pastor who looks out when he preaches at...

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It is likely that in both Hollywood and Washington, DC (as well as many other places) there are celebrities, politicians, and news figures hoping and praying (if they do that) that their past misdeeds will not be the next to surface.

  • Anita Hill broke the ice with her vivid...

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Southwestern Seminary’s recent financial struggles have been in the news and have been a bit of a Rohrshach test for Baptists. To supporters and defenders of Dr. Patterson and the seminary, they are a blip on the radar screen, a hiccup, a bump in the road toward a greater future. To those...

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