Story of Hope: Kristin

From an atheist on the verge of an abortion to a passionate follower of Jesus, this is Kristin's story. If you need a reminder that God is still transforming lives, watch this video from the good folks at NorthRidge Church. … [Read more...]

The Right Way and the Better Way For Christians to Respond to the Planned Parenthood Videos

Like you, I'm horrified. Abortion has long been a stain on our national conscience as┬ádefenseless babies are murdered for the sake of convenience. For those outraged against the sin of abortion, the Planned Parenthood videos will both shock you and fire you up. Abortion providers casually discussing the murder and dissection of unborn babies for profit. How they can maximize profits by selling the murdered baby parts. Unconscionable.So what do we do? How do Christians respond to this … [Read more...]

There's a Story Behind Every Tragedy

The ladies I get to work with at a local in-treatment facility are nothing but statistics (at least in the world's eyes). They're the broken ones, the addicts, the relapsers, the drains on society. Early in ministry it was too easy for me to smugly judge them for messing up their life while on my way to my next Bible study (Good Samaritan, anyone?). And then I got to know them. The outcasts, the broken ones, the failures. I got to know their names. More importantly, I got to know their … [Read more...]

10 Practical Ways to See Southern Baptists Flourish Again (part 2)

In honor of the recently held Southern Baptist Convention, yesterday I began to share ten practical ways that Southern Baptists can flourish again. Our convention has done a tremendous job fighting for the sanctity of the Bible and for robust evangelistic theology. And yet we're still losing my generation (Generation X) and the next generation (Millenials). The ten suggestions I share come from working on the front lines of ministry in Baptist churches for the past dozen years.6. Engage … [Read more...]

Five for (Friday)

Five for Friday on a Thursday? Why not? Actually, there's a good reason why I'm sending out my links today. Friday I have the privilege of guest posting on Stuff Christians Like (ranked #11 on Church Relevance's Top 200 Christian blogs). So, I'll post something of a welcome/splash page for folks checking out for the first time. Today, here are some great articles to consider:How To Let a Dream Die - Perry Noble shares some great insight on how to settle for average in your … [Read more...]

A Letter To Barack Obama

Dear Mr. President,Although I did not vote for you, I will support you as my president. I understand that you bear a greater and deeper burden then most Americans could ever fathom. In and of itself, the presidency is a responsibility too great for any one man. The time for politicking and posturing is now over. The people have spoken. It is time to put away what divides us and come together around what unites us.As a follower of Christ, I am commanded repeatedly throughout the New … [Read more...]

Five for Friday

Here's a Five for Friday: political edition. I know everyone's a little tense with the election. Let's feed the dog that's barking the loudest this week:The Politics of Trust - why don't we trust our politicians anymore?The Church & Politics = A Mess - great words from a guy (Perry Noble) who tells you how it is.The Inconsistent Logic of Abortion Rights Advocates - want to get politically touchy? Let's talk abortion. Great dissection of the flaws behind the abortion rights … [Read more...]

Five for Friday

Another great week. A few of these links have been out for awhile, but they're guaranteed to make you think, give you hope, and probably make you a little mad as well. Have a great weekend!Couple Sues in "Wrongful Birth" Lawsuit - read only if you have a strong stomach. I feel so sorry for this precious child.Why I am Grammar Obsessed - Is it importent to write good when u right emails and stuff?Prominent Atheist Converts to Christianity - If she can convert, there's hope for … [Read more...]

Five for Friday

 Fall is in the air! As you get ready for another round of college football, make sure to check these five links for stories guaranteed to make you think. If you're in Columbus this weekend, we'd love to have you come worship with us at Mt Vernon Church. Here's your Five:  Freed From the Prison of Why - Insightful article for those who are struggle with the deeper meaning behind suffering.Tiny Texas Church Makes a Big Difference - I want Mt Vernon Church to be … [Read more...]

Five for Friday

Hey everyone, I hope you've had a great week! Here are links to five articles guaranteed to keep you thinking through the weekend. If you're in Columbus, MS this weekend, come visit us at Mt Vernon!1. This is the Longest Sermon at Your Church - great article by Jon Acuff. And great reason why you need to go to the 9:00 am service!2. Have Our Children Forgotten How to Play Outdoors? - great book review and great reason why you should play with your kids outside this weekend.3. What … [Read more...]