Brett Kavanaugh Is a Troubling Supreme Court Pick for Black Christians

Brett Kavanaugh Is a Troubling Supreme Court Pick for Black Christians

I long for the days when Supreme Court judges weren’t viewed as representing a particular ideology.


Brett Kavanaugh Is a Good Supreme Court Pick and the Reason Many Voted for Trump

Brett Kavanaugh Is a Good Supreme Court Pick and the Reason Many Voted for Trump

A more conservative court is good for America in many ways.


I am glad that President Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Of course, once you say such a thing, half the country flies into a rage.

The Implications of Meritocracy on the Church: Grace Erased for Incarcerated Individuals

The Implications of Meritocracy on the Church: Grace Erased for Incarcerated Individuals

Punishment devoid of grace is not justice, but vengeance.


We gather weekly to worship God, giving honor, praise, and glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We declare the goodness of God through prayers, songs, and sermons. We thank God for the unceasing love, mercy, and grace that’s been extended to us, singing hymns of adoration and thanksgiving because nothing—no one, nothing, and no deed—can separate us from the love of Christ.

One-on-One with Keith Getty on Congregational Singing in the Global Church

One-on-One with Keith Getty on Congregational Singing in the Global Church

The very act of congregational worship is a symbol of unity


Ed: Where do your ideas come from when you write?

New Research: Churchgoers Stick Around for Theology, Not Music or Preachers

New Research: Churchgoers Stick Around for Theology, Not Music or Preachers

Don’t mess with a church’s beliefs or there may be an exodus, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.


Four Ways to Put Preferences in Their Proper Place, Part 2

Four Ways to Put Preferences in Their Proper Place, Part 2

Giving up your preferences and reminding your congregation to do the same is not an easy road, but it is worth it for the sake of the gospel.


Third, exegete the culture.

Four Ways to Put Preferences in Their Proper Place, Part 1

Four Ways to Put Preferences in Their Proper Place, Part 1

If we are really considering others as more significant than ourselves, then we will not insist on our own preferences.


Everyone has their own personal preferences.

Renewing Your Church: Church Revitalization as a Humbling Experience

Renewing Your Church: Church Revitalization as a Humbling Experience

God works through people and churches who depend on him.


I accepted my first pastorate in 2004 at First Baptist Church in Castroville, TX as a 25-year-old recent seminary graduate. I had not given much thought to leading revitalization throughout my studies, but I found myself leading a church that was still in the process of healing from previous hurt.

They were suffering dysfunction, and decline.

#StuffChurchpeopleSay: The Funniest Sermon Responses

#StuffChurchpeopleSay: The Funniest Sermon Responses

Let's get a laugh or two, or even a raised eyebrow, from our fellow well-intentioned congregants.


EAP @eadampeek: “You told too many circumcision jokes, so we are leaving the church. If we wanted to hear a comedy routine, we would have just watched a Will Ferrell movie.”

On African Children, Pentecost, and the Holy Spirit’s Indwelling

On African Children, Pentecost, and the Holy Spirit’s Indwelling

The heart of this community and its message is their emphasis on the person, gifting, and anointing of the Holy Spirit.


There is nothing like a children’s choir to warm the heart. It was the day before Pentecost Sunday and the last day of a conference of African Pentecostals and Charismatics. A choir of South African children, bodies moving in rhythm to a Zulu tune, reminded us of the remarkable stories of unforeseen growth in the church of Africa.

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