Today I welcome Dr. Ken Hemphill. Ken is a nominee for President of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Ken was President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary while I was a student there. He is a prolific writer and has held various positions in the SBC. You can read more about Ken, as well as his candidacy and his vision for the Southern Baptist Convention. Ken is a proven leader with proven integrity who has the capacity to unify people. This… Read more

Ecclesiastes Sermon Series Below, I have compiled the sermon series that I preached from Ecclesiastes. This series was one of the most challenging and most enjoyable series I have preached. You are welcome to look through these links for sermon ideas of your own. On the bottom, I have linked to a series of posts that I have written that are related to Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes 1:1-18 Is Life Pointless? Ecclesiastes 2:1-26 How Can I Be Happy? Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 What Is… Read more

What to Do With the Good Things in My Life Genesis 48:1-22 I want you to close your eyes. Now that you have your eyes closed, I want you to think about all the good things in your life. Reflect for a minute on all the good things – people, events, changes, ideas, that made your life great. What are you going to do with these good things that you have in life? To answer that question, we need to… Read more

How Parents Can Encourage Their Families Through Life’s Challenges Ruth 1:1-22 Four brothers left home for college and they became successful doctors and lawyers and prospered. Some years later, they chatted after having dinner together. They discussed the gifts they were able to give their elderly mother who lived far away in another city. The first said, “I had a big house built for Mama.” The second said, ” I had a hundred thousand dollar theater built in the house.”… Read more

Dr. Paige Patterson Is Out As President of SWBTS Dr. Paige Patterson is out as President of SWBTS (Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) and will be promoted to President Emeritus as well as theologian-in-residence at the Baptist Heritage Center at Southwestern. To quote the official statement from Southwestern: After much prayer and a more than 13-hour discussion regarding challenges facing the Institution, including those of enrollment, financial, leadership and institutional identity, the Board determined to move in the direction of new… Read more

Journeying with John Journeying with John: Hearing the Voice of John’s Gospel in Years A, B, and C by James Woodward, Paula Gooder, and Mark Pryce is meant to explain how a person can use the lectionary cycle to see the entire work of this Gospel. The authors use their knowledge of the Lectionary cycle to give the reader an excellent primer on the Gospel of John. Woodward, Gooder, and Pryce make some interesting points about the Gospel of John…. Read more

How to Raise Great Kids in Today’s World Ephesians 6:1-9 In 2002, only 9 percent of adults said the children they saw in public were respectful toward adults. In 2004, more than one of three teachers considered leaving their profession or knew another teacher who quit. The reason? Students’ “intolerable behavior.” So said Public Agenda, a nonprofit and nonpartisan research group. In 2005, 70 percent of people surveyed said, “People are ruder than they were 20 or 30 years ago.”… Read more

#ChurchDV Is A Necessary Topic for Discussion in the SBC Church domestic violence is a necessary topic for discussion in the Southern Baptist Convention. As we approach the upcoming 2018 Annual Meeting in Dallas, there could never be a better time to address this issue as a convention. #MeToo and Male Church Leaders The #MeToo movement has come to affect evangelicals. First, powerful men in Hollywood were exposed for their mistreatment of women. Then politicians from Washington who had mistreated… Read more

Learning to Rejoice With Christ There are times in life when one takes time to enjoy. The birth of a child. An adoption. A birthday. When one graduates. Life is a journey full of experiences – some helpful, some wonderful, and some painful. But joy can happen at other times as well. The fourth way to be a Christian STAR is to rejoice. When you behold Jesus, you are looking to Jesus and you are holding onto Jesus. You serve… Read more

By Which We Are Saved by Preston Condra and Kelly Condra By Which We Are Saved by Preston Condra and Kelly Condra, is a book that is designed to help Christians share the Gospel with confidence. The structure of the book is similar to a companion book I Have Some Good News. Yet each book serves a different purpose. I Have Some Good News, is a book that can be given to anyone who wants to know how to have a relationship with… Read more

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