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“From All Tribes and Peoples and Languages”

(This article originally appeared in the October edition of the Baptist Courier.) Growing up, I had the privilege of living in West Berlin, Germany during the Cold War (1981-1986). While in Berlin, my family attended Berlin Baptist Church, an international church whose members came from England, Lebanon, Vietnam, Indonesia, Eastern Kentucky, Georgia, Germany, and Cambodia. Being a part of such a …

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We All Bleed Red

(This article originally appeared in the September edition of the Baptist Courier) My father is from Eastern Kentucky. Growing up, he did not know many people from ethnic backgrounds different from his Scots-Irish roots. The odds were stacked against Dad regarding whether he would become prejudiced towards people of color; however, his time in Vietnam turned the odds on their head. …

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Top 10 Startling Zingers People Share With the Pastor on Sunday Morning

Well, it’s been a hard couple of weeks in our country.  I feel the need to write something that perhaps will bring a smile to your face.  The following is a list of the top 10 things not to say to your pastor before the worship service.  Yes, they are actually things that I heard first hand. 10.  Pastor, “people” …

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7 Reflections on Charleston, Racism, Social Media, and the Gospel

It’s been a week since that tragic night at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.  In this week, while I’ve posted some statements on social media, I’ve avoided writing a blog post, because my feelings were too raw.  Now I believe I too can  articulate some thoughts on the events and issues surrounding the murders that occurred in …

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3 Lessons On Ministry From the 1st Cavalry Division

Forty-nine years ago this month, my father and the soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division fought for their lives at LZ XRay in the Ia Drang Valley. Their actions are depicted in the book We Were Soldiers Once…And Young and the movie bearing the same title. Dad and his brothers in arms defeated an enemy force of 2000 North Vietnamese …

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5 Reasons We Don’t Make Disciples

Before Jesus ascended into Heaven, he gave Christ followers the command to “make disciples.”(Matthew 28:19-20) He stated that His command was based upon the fact that He possessed all authority in Heaven and on Earth.(Matthew 28:18) Yet, when one examines the decline in conversions and church members in Southern Baptist churches, it is apparent that we as a denomination are …

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Countering the Zombie Apocalypse II: Zombie Response Strategy

In my last post, I mention the importance of “seeing” Millennials like the Good Samaritan saw the man left beaten on the side of the road. Describing the actions of the Samaritan, Jesus stated, “But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up …