5 Things I Learned from Billy Graham

The first time I heard Rev. Billy Graham preach the gospel I was fifteen years old.  I went with my parents and members of our church to an arena in Washington, D.C. for one of his crusades.  Although I did not surrender to the gospel that night, I heard the gospel in a way that I could clearly understand it.  …

5 Ways to Engage Your Students’ Minds

Today’s students get a bad rap.  Recent books on Generation Z make much of their short attention spans (See James White’s book Meet Generation Z).  They mention how today’s youth would rather watch a video than read a book (See Jean Twenge’s book iGen).  It’s common knowledge that students’ use of online access has had a profound impact upon how …

Elders: Are They Baptistic?

Over the past few years, I’ve seen the following arguments raised by Southern Baptists on social media who are opposed to a plurality of elders: Churches with a plurality of elders are more Presbyterian than Southern Baptist. Pastors who believe in a plurality of elders are playing semantic games with the current Baptist Faith and Message 2000, which mentions “pastors …

From All Tribes and Peoples and Languages

(This post originally appeared in the October 2015 edition of the Baptist Courier) Growing up, I had the privilege of living in West Berlin, Germany during the Cold War (1981-1986).  While in Berlin, my family attended Berlin Baptist Church, an international church whose members came from England, Lebanon, Vietnam, Indonesia, Eastern Kentucky, Georgia, Germany, and Cambodia.  Being a part of such …

3 M’s of Leadership

(This article originally appeared in the February 2016 edition of the Baptist Courier) One of the most powerful memories I have of the Army involves standing in a chow line with other officers waiting for our enlisted soldiers to get their food.  The reason we stood in line rather than going ahead of our soldiers directly related to the 3 M’s …

10 Steps for Leading Change in Your Church

(This article appeared first in the Baptist Courier on May 3, 2016) About 300 years ago, George Whitefield and John Wesley led a great Evangelical Awakening in the United Kingdom.  However, last month, on a study abroad trip to England and Scotland, I was reminded of the need for change within churches as we witnessed large cathedrals that no longer …