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 …

Three Reasons I Love Summer Youth Camp

(This article first appeared in Youth Ministry Magazine.  www.youthministrymagazine.org) I have a confession to make: I love youth camp.  God began calling me to surrender my life to Christ at youth camp.  As a camp counselor and program director, I began to sense God calling me into the ministry.  As a youth pastor, I saw my students’ lives transformed while …

The Southern Baptist Convention: What’s In a Name?

I remember during the 2012 Southern Baptist Convention’s Annual Meeting being somewhat perplexed.  A motion came forward to change the name of the SBC.  As my memory serves me, the thought process behind the motion was to help Southern Baptists who plant churches in the northern states and in other parts of the country not located in the South to …