‘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 […]

The Spiritual Issues of Gluttony

Having traveled a great deal across our land during 2015, I participated in a number of church meetings, associational gatherings, and state conventions. I couldn’t help but notice that many of our people are overweight. Simple observation confirms what researchers have been saying for years—the American population is increasing in weight and decreasing in the […]