Incredible Week in Brazil

Last week was one of the most impactful weeks I have had in some time.  I was part of a team that traveled to Brasilia, the capital city of Brazil, for a week of ministry.  Our team left on Saturday, May 25th with ten folks from Lakeside, five from Valleydale Baptist and four from McElwainContinue reading “Incredible Week in Brazil”

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.”

The Day of a Godly Person’s Death

Our church family at Lakeside has been touched profoundly by death this week. First of all, a beloved 33 year-old member of our church died after six months in the heart transplant unit at UAB hospital. On Wednesday, a wonderful 37 year old teacher at one of our local schools passed away suddenly and unexpectedly.Continue reading “The Day of a Godly Person’s Death”

The Inerrancy & Authority of the Bible

It seems like the issues just keep coming. In 2015 the issue was marriage; now in 2016 the issue is bathrooms. I shutter to even think of what the 2017 issue could be.  There is pressure to compromise on every side.  Increasingly, leaders in many areas of our culture insist that all must get onContinue reading “The Inerrancy & Authority of the Bible”

Why I have a picture of Spurgeon in my office

Not long ago, a pastor friend of mine was surprised to see a portrait of the great English pastor Charles Haddon Spurgeon on the wall of my office near my desk. “You’re not a Calvinist, why do you have a picture of Spurgeon?”  It was a good question. It was also my joy to explainContinue reading “Why I have a picture of Spurgeon in my office”