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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.

       
Right or Wrong? Listen to detractors

Right or Wrong? Listen to detractors

Right or wrong? A consultant suggested a church should listen only to positive, encouraging people.  Can’t churches learn from both encouragers and discouragers?

       
2nd Opinion: The Bible ties freedom to debt relief; Americans should too

2nd Opinion: The Bible ties freedom to debt relief; we should too

Few visitors to Philadelphia’s famous Liberty Bell know the inscription “Proclaim liberty throughout the land and unto all the inhabitants thereof” is a reference to God’s instructions for a “jubilee,” in which he commanded the Israelites to free their slaves and return property to its original owner every 50 years.

       
Right or Wrong? Hostile communication

Right or Wrong? Hostile communications

No matter the topic, only the shrillest, most extreme voices seem to be heard. How can we find common ground for reasonable, reconciling conversations, especially in our congregations?

       
Down Home: Gratitude, respect—and prayer—for Jimmy Carter

Down Home: Gratitude, respect—and prayer—for Jimmy Carter

If Americans chiseled a Mount Rushmore to honor their greatest ex-presidents, surely Jimmy Carter’s face would dominate the panorama.

       
Mark Wingfield

2nd Opinion: Cheer for moral leadership, not merely football success

All of Texas seems to be aflutter about the Baylor University football player convicted of raping a female student in Waco. Which means this ought to be a really good time for Christians of goodwill to engage in a thoughtful conversation about what really matters at a faith-based university.

       
2nd Opinion: Anti-gambling archives a treasure trove of wisdom

2nd Opinion: Anti-gambling archives a treasure trove of wisdom

The anti-gambling movement has made peace with being perpetually broke. We have figured out how to do more with less, and it’s always been a labor of love.

       
Right or Wrong? ‘Protestant privilege’

Right or Wrong? ‘Protestant privilege’

A friend says when many people talk about “freedom of religion,” they mean they want government to allow them to freely exercise their religion, but they don’t care about others’ religion. He says this has been the “Protestant privilege” for decades.

       
Down Home: Seeing eye-to-eye with Topanga

Down Home: Seeing eye-to-eye with Topanga

Topanga and I have been experiencing a ton of together time lately. I started to say we have been enjoying a ton of together time, but that wouldn’t be correct.

       
2nd Opinion: Bivocational ministry is a thing of beauty

2nd Opinion: Bivocational ministry is a thing of beauty

When the spectrum of Christian ministry is considered, the majority of the people serving congregations in the role of minister do so bivocationally. Bivocational ministry is the norm. It is a thing of great beauty.

       
2nd Opinion: Musical Chairs and leaders of dying organizations

2nd Opinion: Musical Chairs and leaders of dying organizations

“I don’t want the ship to go down on my watch.” These words have been uttered, or perhaps muttered under the breath, by many pastors and organizational leaders who have found themselves at the helm of dying institutions.

       
 
 
 
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