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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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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I consider the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions one of the great privileges of being Southern Baptists. My son is a pastor in another denomination (married a girl from that church and left the faith – what can you do?) and I jokingly asked him what they were doing to...

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You can decide which is which for yourself.

I give Mike Leake high marks for his post calling the Sunday worship service a“weekly cataclysm,” a very nicely turned phrase. I confess that there was an occasional worship service I presided over that was a weekly calamity bec...

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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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