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Does your Sunday School class have ‘group halitosis’?
Aug12

Does your Sunday School class have ‘group halitosis’?

We have all been around someone with bad breath. When it becomes unbearable, we all do the same thing: we avoid that person like the plague. But even more shocking is when you discover you have bad breath. Interestingly enough, many small group Bible studies have a similar issue. New people seem to avoid your group. So how do you know if your group suffers from “group halitosis”? Does your Sunday School or small group have a...

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Strengthen: CrossTimbers at 10
Aug06

Strengthen: CrossTimbers at 10

CrossTimbers Children’s Mission Adventure Camp stands on the shoulders of the rich legacy of Camp Nunny Cha-ha for girls and Camp Hudgens for boys and their heritage of teaching children the value of missions. In 2006, while I was serving on the BGCO board, as a pastor, I was asked to chair a task force to make recommendations regarding the future of the children’s mission camps. Both camps had experienced a decline in participation...

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Bible Q&A: Render to Caesar? (Mark 12:13-17)
Jul29

Bible Q&A: Render to Caesar? (Mark 12:13-17)

The question (Mark 12:13-14) On Tuesday of the week Jesus was crucified, tensions between Jesus and the religious authorities were at an all-time high. Some Pharisees and Herodians, typically Jewish sects that could not work together, joined forces to try to trap Jesus and hopefully bring about his arrest. Taxation provided an area of inquiry that leads easily to inflamed rhetoric and enraged tempers in almost any culture. And so, in...

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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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Shine: High calling of servanthood
Jul15

Shine: High calling of servanthood

Recently, we went through another round of graduation ceremonies. Some graduating from high school may have felt the weight of their future, and those graduating from college surely did. Questions must have swarmed through their heads like, “What am I supposed to do now?” “What am I supposed to be, and/or what is my life’s purpose?” Basically they all had to determine, “What does having a ‘successful’ life will look like for me?” In...

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Evil multiplies, God hides
Jul06

Evil multiplies, God hides

“Yes, you are a God who hides, God of Israel, Savior” (Isa. 45:15, CSB). Why isn’t God more obvious? The question is often asked in many ways and in many contexts: When prayers go unanswered, why is God silent? When suffering or tragedy strikes, why would God allow this to happen? When struggling over the countless millions who don’t know about God revealed in Jesus Christ, why wouldn’t God want more people saved? When the “evidence”...

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