Take it Outside

It was the early 1980s. It was Texas. It was December. It was a Southern Baptist church. It is customary in Southern Baptist churches to take up an offering during the Advent season to support missionaries overseas.

If Baptists Could Have Saints

When my parents died, I kept the treasures of their beloved testaments. I also kept the German Bible that my dad was given while stationed in Germany during WWII. The book of Esther was ripped out.

Holy Whispers

I love hearing whispers—secrets for my ears only, messages so extraordinary they cannot be spoken out loud. I love the whispers I have heard in my life that I could not explain.

And Your Daughters Shall “Prophesy”

There’s just something about the word “prophesy” that reminds church women that men prophesy, but prophesying women might encounter some pushback.

Formations 06.20.2021: Perseverance in Preaching

Preaching isn’t an easy gig. It’s much more than speaking God’s truth. It’s living out that truth in numerous practical and not-so-practical ways each week. If you are a pastor, part of a pastor’s family, or close friends with a pastor, you know the dramatic demands on a pastor’s life.

Eulogy to the Trees: A Covenant Story

They tell me that when they built this building, they plotted its location just so, where as few trees as possible would have to come down. To this day, there are trees in the middle of the parking lot because no one wanted to take them out.