8 Ways to Improve Your Church’s Care Plan

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Loss is hard. Although everyone handles grief differently, I’m convinced that nobody handles it easily. One of the ways that Christ comforts His children is through His body –the church. Romans 12:15 reminds us to “weep with those who weep.” After all, that’s what Jesus did. When His friend Lazarus died, He wept with Mary and Martha over their loss … Read More

Victory in Discipline

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My son, Bryce, is seven. Up to this point, he hasn’t warranted any severe discipline from me. Most of the time, just giving him a look or a serious word of caution has been sufficient. But, I imagine the day is coming when a more stringent measure of discipline will be necessary. And it will be painful. Painful? Yes, painful … Read More

Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad!

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My parents recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. I am so thankful for the testimony of their love for one another, for Christ, and for me. My dad spent years in pastoral ministry before serving in leadership at Central Baptist College. God has blessed him with a pastor’s heart and a businessman’s mind. I am so proud of the faithful … Read More

Why Conflict Between Believers Betrays Christ

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Two different groups of my friends are engaged in conflict. They both have legitimate complaints against the other. Nobody is innocent and yet nobody is completely to blame. In other words, the complaints against one another are not really the issue. In fact, the complaints could be easily resolved. Instead, however, the two parties have allowed the issue to get … Read More

We Love Gay People

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Several years ago, I published this article in a denominational paper. Needless to say, it received mixed reviews -some positive, some negative. Nonetheless, I think the issue is just as important as it was then -and certainly more relevant. I look forward to hearing your feedback.   Let’s put this in perspective. Fact: Homosexuality is a sin against God. Fact: … Read More

A Christ-Like Tip

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We’ve all been there: It’s been 30 minutes and the food hasn’t arrived and the server hasn’t bothered to refill drinks. You’re stomach is growling when, finally, the food arrives –cold. Even worse, the order is all wrong. By the end of your dining experience, the server has ignored you, neglected you, offended you, and perturbed you. Its time to … Read More

Hot Camping

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A few nights ago, I took Bryce camping –in our back yard! He had been asking for a long time, so I finally set up the tent and roasted hotdogs. We had a great time sitting on the back porch laughing together. The only problem is that the weather didn’t cool off as much as I had hoped. In fact, … Read More

The Moment I Wish Could Last Forever

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If I could go back in time and make one moment last forever, it would be the evening of August 30, 1998. I was spending the weekend in Lufkin, Texas with two of my best friends, Keri and Brandon. They were helping me pursue the girl of my dreams –Jill Jarvis. My friend Keri was from Lufkin. After eating at … Read More

How’s Your Service?

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Customer Service. Has anybody heard of it? Apparently not the young lady at the store where I bought my groceries today. She talked to her friend the entire time she was scanning my items. Even worse, she would stop scanning items to look her friend in the eyes occasionally (her communications skills far exceed her customer service performance). The young … Read More

Tension in the Church

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What is your goal for unbelievers who visit your church? Do you have one? Hopefully your church has thought about this issue and communicated clear intentions regarding visiting unbelievers. In I Corinthians 14, the apostle Paul addressed the need to think strategically about how your church ministers to believers vs. “unbelievers” and “outsiders” (I Cor. 14:16, 22). If a church … Read More