A Wyoming church planter recently asked me to write on the above question. Here is my response… I hope it encourages you in your own dark moments. This is an excellent question that nearly every Christian asks multiple times throughout life. The simple answer to this question is that God is always present with His … More Where is God during dark times???
I was recently asked, “How do I make time for God in the context of today’s world?” The following paragraphs contain my answer. What is yours? Please share it! Most of us do not have enough time to spend with Jesus… we must get organized and MAKE time! The primary issue involves our values. To … More Practical Thoughts on Relating to God in the Real World
The most significant growth in my personal life and ministry ability has come through mentors. As an 18-year-old high school graduate, I moved to the south Texas coast and served as a summer youth minister. The pastor of the church, Kevin, was a friend of my family. He was a kind and caring boss who … More Emerging Leaders and Mentoring
This week I attended the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas. I had a great time with my wife, Amber, my coworkers, and other good friends and acquaintances. I also met all kinds of new friends: seminary students, young ministry families, established pastors, and well-respected SBC statesmen/women. Associating with such a large number of people, particularly … More Learn!
Today, I have the chance to fulfill a life-long desire, attending an MLB spring-training game! A church planter and I are at a conference in South Florida. We had to decide how to spend a free afternoon before the event, when I realized that would be in Florida… in late February! Spring-training here we come! … More God’s Glory and Spring-Training
Hillary Clinton met Billy Graham while her husband Bill was still Arkansas’ governor. Mrs. Clinton asked Rev. Graham if he would join her for lunch. Graham’s response was, “I would be delighted to, but I do not have private luncheons with beautiful ladies.” Mrs. Clinton replied by asking him if he would join her in … More Billy Graham on Integrity
After God’s Heart: Part 1 1 Samuel 13:1-14 Aligning one’s heart with God’s is a significant accomplishment in the partnership between God and man. The act of loving God does not originate in humans (1 John. 4:19). No one chooses God, but is chosen by Him (John 15:16). However, reciprocal affection of a person loved … More After God’s Heart
There are instances when the personal or ministry dreams of all believers (including ministry leaders) drastically change or die. The prophet Samuel experienced several such situations. As an old man who had judged and prophesied faithfully, Samuel set his sons as judges over Israel. However, the responsibility was too excellent for them. Samuel’s sons showed … More What do You do when the Dream Dies? 1 Sam. 8:1-8
When People Stop Believing in Truth: A response to “The Trends Shaping a Post-Truth Era.” In an article published this week, “The Trends Shaping a Post-Truth Era,” Barna described America’s views of “truth” and those responsible for communicating it. The article also gave a startling description of how people interpret the truth they hear. One … More When People Stop Believing in Truth
A Theology of Power Prov. 8:14-17 14I possess good advice and competence; I have understanding and power. 15 It is by me that kings reign and rulers enact just law; 16 by me, princes lead, as do nobles and all righteous judges. 17 I love those who love me, and those who search for me find me. “Power” … More A Theology of Power from Proverbs