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Perspective: Post-Easter reflection
Apr21

Perspective: Post-Easter reflection

In sports broadcasting, almost every event is followed by post-game analysis. Commentators spend hours reviewing significant plays and turning points in the game. This week, I would ask your indulgence in a little post-Easter reflection. Easter is, without a doubt, the most significant day on the Christian calendar. The largest crowds of the year are usually on this particular Sunday.   Church members who are unwilling to attend or...

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Perspective:  Marriage matters
Apr14

Perspective: Marriage matters

In 1997, a motion was made at the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) meeting in Dallas, Texas to add an article on the family to the Baptist Faith and Message. Tom Elliff was the president of the convention at that time and asked me if I would chair the committee to write the article. It was a great honor to do so and especially to work with such a distinguished group of people. When the article was presented to the SBC in Salt Lake...

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Perspective: Who me?
Apr07

Perspective: Who me?

It would be hard to find a more mission-focused denomination than Southern Baptists. Through our history we have given, prayed, and sent missionaries into our state, nation, and world with an eye to making disciples. The Southern Baptist Convention has grown into the largest mission force among evangelical denominations. The Great Commission is not just a verse in the Bible; it is a part of the DNA of Southern Baptists. As the world...

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Perspective:  Cultural indicators
Mar31

Perspective: Cultural indicators

“But know this: difficult times will come in the last days. For people will be lovers of self…” With these words the third chapter of II Timothy begins. Paul recognizes his ministry and life are ebbing. He will soon be martyred for his faith in Christ, so he writes to his young preacher boy in whom he has invested so much. Paul does not use politically correct language, nor does he try to make a pig’s snout look beautiful. He...

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Perspective: God-given vision
Mar24

Perspective: God-given vision

What part does a God-given vision play in the trajectory of our individual lives and our churches? Let me underscore God-given vision. I am not talking about a man-made creativity, but a Holy Spirit implanted vision. I would suggest it has much to do with the health of a church and the missional impact the church has in its community and the world. The teaching of Prov. 29:18 is hard to escape. The old King James Version says,...

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Perspective: Lift up your eyes
Mar17

Perspective: Lift up your eyes

The news regarding Christianity in America seems to be rather deflating. A recent study of the so-called “millennial generation” indicates they are more liberal and less religious than previous generations. The number of “no religion” people in the polls continues to rise. One religious commentator has highlighted the decline in cultural Christians who attend church. Once, people attended church because it was seen as good and...

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