How to Observe Memorial Day

How do we observe Memorial Day? How do we honor service members who’ve died in the service of our nation? How do we honor their families? I address these questions in the following video:

Peaceful Warriors and Toxic Masculinity

Let me insert this guy (Click on the link to read about a SAS soldier who just stopped a terrorist attack…singlehandedly) into the debate over toxic masculinity. I totally agree with the fact that everyone should be treated with love and respect. I agree with the overall message of the Gillette commercial that recently reignited the debate over masculinity and …

Peace on Earth

(This article originally appeared in the December 2016 edition of the Baptist Courier.) On Christmas Eve in 1914, Scottish soldiers witnessed strange lights in the German trenches across from them. They then began to hear what sounded like singing. As the singing grew louder, the soldiers discerned that the Germans were singing the Christmas carol “Silent Night.” The Scots’ voices rose …

Peace and the Christmas Truce

In this video, I talk about how the Christmas truce of WWI relates to having peace.  Want peace in your life?  Take a look at this video.

Personal Safety: Staying Alert, Staying Alive

(This article first appeared in the May edition of the Baptist Courier) In addition to being a professor and preacher, I have the privilege of teaching self- defense skills to people in my community on a weekly basis through my self-defense company Peaceful Warrior, LLC..  Although most people we encounter in life are law-abiding and peace-loving people, there are folks we …

Church Safety: Protecting the Flock

(This article originally appeared in the May edition of the Baptist Courier) On November 5, 2017 First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas experienced a tragedy that is the nightmare of every pastor and church member.  Devin Patrick Kelley killed 26 people in and around the church and wounded 20 others.  Immediately after this horrific mass murder, attention focused on church …

The Journey Creating a Mosaic

I’m always struck by the picture of heaven that John describes in Revelation when he writes, “After this I looked, and there was a vast multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language, which no one could number, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes with palm branches in their hands. And they …

Whatever Happened to Repentance?

Repentance.   It’s a word that is largely absent as I’ve listened to prospective church members share their testimonies with me over the last decade.  They mention sin, separation from God, the atoning work of Christ and the subsequent forgiveness it brings, but largely leave repentance out of their stories regarding their “conversion” experience. I’ve even heard some church leaders speak …