Handling conflict like Christians

We tend to think of conflict in terms of warfare – when it’s REALLY bad.  The truth is that conflict comes in many forms and there are levels of conflict.  Has someone said something that “rubbed you the wrong way?”  That is a conflict.  Is there someone that you believe isn’t doing their job inContinue reading “Handling conflict like Christians”

Which version of the Bible is best?

This question is one that pastors still get asked frequently.  At the risk of starting an argument, I want to give my personal answer to this question. First of all, there are two equally bad extremes when it comes to the issue of Bible translations: 1.  Believing that only one translation is “the” one 2. Continue reading “Which version of the Bible is best?”

Southern Baptist Convention 2018 – an honest evaluation.

It was a blessing to be able to attend the 2018 SBC in Dallas.  Considering the well publicized issues and conflicts that were in the air heading into the convention, I am grateful that the convention ended with a minimum of open conflict and with a good deal of unity as we move forward. ForContinue reading “Southern Baptist Convention 2018 – an honest evaluation.”

30 years ago – always an Ider Hornet

As I saw social media posts from families who had graduates this week, I was reminded that it was 30 years ago this week when my classmates and I walked across the field at Wayne C. Hardman Stadium.  It’s hard to believe. Yes, I was part of the class of 1988 at Ider High School.Continue reading “30 years ago – always an Ider Hornet”

A very real issue: STRESS among teenagers and young adults

Sometimes an issue hits you right between the eyes and you wonder why you haven’t seen it sooner.  This is one of those issues.  Yes, in recent months I had heard “bits and pieces” from multiple directions. I had read news reports of soaring rates of depression & suicide among teens & young adults.  IContinue reading “A very real issue: STRESS among teenagers and young adults”

Lord, take over a worship service again.

Once a church reaches a certain point, the services must be planned and prepared for in a greater way.  In order to have a quality choir and orchestra, the music they share in worship must be planned and prepared ahead of time. In order to have the audio-visual elements that are now standard in manyContinue reading “Lord, take over a worship service again.”

What did Christ’s resurrection do?

As we prepare for Easter Sunday, I thought I would share some of my preaching notes from Easter Sunday 2017.  The title of the message was “What Did the Resurrection Do?” Here is a link to the video with the preaching notes below….    Christ’s resurrection made it possible for us to be born again.Continue reading “What did Christ’s resurrection do?”