Southern Baptists are going to need a bigger tent

The Southern Baptist Convention was so famously insular for so long that it earned its own joke about members believing they’re the only ones in heaven.   The nation’s largest Protestant denomination was known more for what, and often who, it rejected than what it included — with political warriors in the SBC leadership often […]

‘God help us all!’ Southern Baptist membership declines yet again

The Southern Baptist Convention lost more than 200,000 members in 2015 — the ninth straight year of decline for the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. [. . .]   After the numbers were announced, some denominational leaders emphasized the positive news that the number of Southern Baptist churches increased last year by 294, mostly due to new churches […]

Consequences of Disbelief

Can you imagine Jesus not being able to do mighty work? In my daily Bible reading, I was recently reminded of this fact as I read Mark 6:1–6. Verse 5 plainly states, “Now he could no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them.” The following […]

Designation: Danger or Delight?

Issues surrounding designated funds have faced churches, organizations, and denominations for many years. Having pastored for thirty-five years, I remember the tendency of many people to want to designate their tithes and offerings. My response to them usually would be, “If it is your money, you have every right to designate. However, Scripture teaches in […]