How to Treat Your Preacher

October, as many of you may know, is Pastor Appreciation month. Being a preacher is an awesome responsibility with many rewards and burdens. It is not merely a job or a vocation, but a calling of God. As you may know, I served as pastor of full-time churches for over thirty years and now serve […]

The State of Preaching in the Southern Baptist Convention

I think I can say that I travel back and forth across our Convention as much, or more, than just about anyone else within the Southern Baptist Convention. This allows me great opportunity to visit every size church, as well as associations and state conventions, colleges, universities, seminaries, and other groups. Through this extensive travel, […]


We are in a time of national crisis as our country and many of our neighbors in the Caribbean have been devastated by the effects of three of the most powerful hurricanes ever to hit the United States and its territories.  Relief efforts are continuing and rebuilding will begin. Thousands of lives and hundreds of […]

Losing a loved one to suicide

I would like to share this video that was produced and shared at a recent Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission event. Please share it with anyone who has experienced the tragedy of suicide in their family or circle of friends. For more resources about coping with suicide and depression, click here.