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2nd Opinion: Vision is a memorable movement of God

2nd Opinion: Vision is a memorable movement of God

How do you define vision? If you cannot define it, you may not know what it is when you have it.

       
Guest editorial: Rescue me from my church budget

Guest editorial: Rescue me from my church budget

Let me suggest a different approach to the church budgeting process - one that can increase vision, disciple church members and set your church free from the bondage that sometimes accompanies money.

       

Right or Wrong? Holacracy and Baptist church polity

Lately, I’ve been hearing about a new form of organization, holacracy, which seems more adaptable to Baptist principles, such as the priesthood of all believers and church autonomy. What do you think?

       
2nd Opinion: Why the ‘growing divide’ in denominations matters

2nd Opinion: Why the ‘growing divide’ in denominations matters

Here’s a sentence I never thought I would write: I agree with Ronnie Floyd.

       
Guest editorial: It’s chaos: Christian moral pluralism in America today

Guest editorial: The chaos of Christian moral pluralism today

Recently, I have had two conversations that reveal the incredible breadth of moral pluralism not just in America, but in the Christian population of America.

       
Down Home: Names, faces, a huge ‘family’ & embarrassment

Down Home: Names, faces, a huge ‘family’ & embarrassment

I’m so grateful God Almighty knows each of our names, even if I forget a few sometimes.

       
Right or Wrong? Ecclesiastes, vanity and paradox

Right or Wrong? Ecclesiastes, vanity and paradox

Someone mentioned we should interpret Ecclesiastes through paradox, which I’ve heard regarding Jesus’ teaching. How do I use paradox to interpret Scripture?

       
2nd Opinion: Church ministry is like growing potatoes on Mars

2nd Opinion: Church ministry is like growing potatoes on Mars

During a conversation about the changes and challenges of church work, Bill Wilson, director of the Center for Healthy Churches, made a comment that summarized thoughts simmering in my mind. He said, “Ministry in the 21st century is like growing potatoes on Mars.”

       
Guest editorial: ‘Anything less than God’s vision is inadequate’

Guest editorial: ‘Anything less than God’s vision is inadequate’

Seeing Jesus is a powerful image in the New Testament. But for up to 80 percent of all congregations, God’s vision eludes them.

       
Down Home: Give God room to work, even on the patio

Down Home: Give God room to work, even on the patio

“You know, you could just take ’em down,” Joanna told me, demonstrating yet again my wife is both smarter and more practical than I.

       
Right or Wrong? Irrelevant outreach

Right or Wrong? Irrelevant outreach

When we discuss outreach, we describe why people have marginal connection to our church. But we almost never talk about issues common to all people, much less what to do about them. Does our approach diminish the gospel?

       
Right or Wrong? Planning for Sucession

Right or Wrong? Planning for Sucession

A speaker at a leadership conference advised, “On your first day on the job, begin laying the groundwork for your successor.” I’m still trying to understand how this applies to ministers. Can you help me?

       
2nd Opinion: Are denominational bodies doomed?

2nd Opinion: Are denominational bodies doomed?

We are witnessing the beginning of the end for Baptist denominational entities as we have known them. Following the lead of mainline judicatories, Baptist bodies—local, state, regional and national—are in free-fall.

       
Down Home: Diana Garland—force of nature, role model, friend

Down Home: Diana Garland—force of nature, role model, friend

When Diana Garland arrived at Baylor University in 1997, a Texas Baptist asked me to describe her. Three words jumped to mind. Force. Of. Nature.

       
Down Home: Why use a real word

Down Home: Why use a real word when a made-up word will do?

Hanging out with little kids will expand your vocabulary. My grandson, Ezra, recently reminded me of the word-warping, lexicon-lengthening, expression-expanding power of childhood imagination.

       
 
 
 
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