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Battling racial division
Feb26

Battling racial division

Many years ago, while sitting in a meeting with several leaders and pastors in another state, some words were spoken that have haunted me; words that seem to underscore the main reason we battle racial division in Southern Baptist life. We were meeting about a large congregation becoming a key church and allowing a black church to meet with them. During the 1970s, church planting was not done by conventions or associations; it was...

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The time is now
Jul17

The time is now

Having attended the recent annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Alabama, I wanted to share several thoughts about some of the panel discussions which dealt with several key topics. The panel about Sexual Abuse Awareness & Prevention was an important conversation. If we would simply abide by the words we preach in our pulpits and exhibit a Christian lifestyle in our churches, we would not be in the situation we find...

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Trust
Jun04

Trust

Over the years we meet a lot of people, create friendships, and develop a lot of alliances. But the question is, do we develop relationships we can trust? We are reminded that Jesus said we are to love one another as He loved all of us. We find ourselves relearning just what it means to love and trust each other. Love and trust must first exist if we are to work together. No matter how many times a resolution is issued denouncing the...

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Together we stand
Feb17

Together we stand

A few weeks ago, we celebrated the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.. Everyone is aware he was a leader for civil rights, not just for people of color, but he championed the rights and privileges of all God’s people, no matter their race, creed or color. In all that people say about this drum major for justice, I think a lot of people have forgotten that Dr. King was first and foremost a Baptist Pastor and a minister of the Gospel...

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Living in a blind society
Jul22

Living in a blind society

Some time ago, at the first African American Fellowship service, I had the privilege to preach a sermon titled, “What Can We Do With A Blind Society” (John 9). I shared with those in attendance that it seems the world has become so self absorbed that no one cares about the people whom society has discarded. My home church pastor told us, “We should never become so Heavenly minded that we become no earthly good.” For years, both the...

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