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Making Holy Days of National Holidays

(This article originally appeared in the July edition of the Baptist Courier.) In the past decade I’ve noticed a rising aversion to mentioning any national holidays in worship services.  Increasingly it seems that pastors do not want to preach sermons in any way related to the nation for fear that they might be worshiping the country and not God in their …

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A Proposed Ban on Soft Targets

Shortly after September 11, 2001, my US Army Kentucky Army National Guard infantry battalion deployed on Operation Noble Eagle, the mission to protect the homeland from terrorist attacks within the United States.  The Army’s concept behind that mission was that terrorists attack soft targets rather than targets defended by armed soldiers.  Later, we deployed to Europe on Operation Enduring Freedom …

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The Field of Dreams Approach to the Church

  (This article originally appeared in the Baptist Courier.) I still like the movie Field of Dreams.  I must confess that I get choked up every time I watch the end of the movie where Ray (played by Kevin Costner) ask his dad, “Hey Dad!  You want to have a catch?”  Early in the movie, Ray hears a mysterious voice stating, …

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A Kingdom Approach to Social Media

(This article originally appeared in the Baptist Courier.) Last night I experienced a first on social media: A person claiming to follow Jesus Christ actually questioned my salvation.  Now, this individual did not know me nor anything about my beliefs other than the fact that I differed with him regarding a particular political issue.  In response to the individual’s tone and …

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The 3 M’s of Leadership

(This article originally appeared in the Baptist Courier.) One of the most powerful memories I have of the Army involves standing in a chow line with other officers waiting for our enlisted soldiers to get their food.  The reason we stood in line rather than going ahead of our soldiers directly related to the 3 M’s of leadership taught to us …

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Making Kingdom Investments With Your Time

(This article originally appeared in the Baptist Courier.) In his late teens, Jonathan Edwards penned a number of resolutions regarding living a life to the glory of God.  In one of those resolutions he stated, “Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.” As we enter into a New Year, we …

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Employment for Deployment

(This article originally appeared in the Baptist Courier.) Vocation.  When most people think of the word, they think about their employment or job.  Our common use of the word betrays its deeper meaning.  Vocation comes from the Latin root vocatio, which means “calling.”  Our vocation in life is actually our calling in life. Our vocation is to follow Jesus Christ as …