The Future of Southern Baptist Evangelism: A New (Closing) Series

The Future of Southern Baptist Evangelism: A New (Closing) Series

The math doesn't lie: Southern Baptists need new evangelistic momentum.


Cultural challenges

A negative view of engaging culture, and being negatively viewed by culture, remains a thorn to SBC effectiveness. And, to be honest, some leaders have exacerbated this problem.

Saturday is for Seminars—Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting

Saturday is for Seminars—Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting

If you're coming to the SBC, look me up!


The Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, June 14-15, 2016—St. Louis

Here’s an excerpt from a recent article I wrote for Baptist Press on evanglism in the SBC:

More Church Planting—Not Less—Is Needed

More Church Planting—Not Less—Is Needed

Here are 5 realities for more effective church planting efforts.


Among the best ways for us to reach people with the gospel is personal evangelism and church planting. Even with all the changes in culture this remains our best option for reaching unbelievers.

Church planting efforts need focus. A scattershot approach will not be the most effective.

Weekend Edition—June 10, 2016

Weekend Edition—June 10, 2016

Politics, soccer, leadership, church signs and more!


Politics aren’t Worth Your FriendshipsTrillia Newbell

I second this wholeheartedly.

Amplifying Evangelism—Why Preparation for Evangelism Is More Important than Evangelism

Amplifying Evangelism—Why Preparation for Evangelism Is More Important than Evangelism

As God nurtures us, we are ever ready to share the gospel.


Seeker Comprehensible Preaching...Without Dumbing Down

Seeker Comprehensible Preaching...Without Dumbing Down

Preaching should be both theologically deep—and wide.


In the modern era there have been a generation of preachers whose approach resembled the self-help inspirational talks of Tony Robbins. You could find titles of sermons such as, “Five Ways to a Better Life,” “Four Steps to Overcoming Fears,” and “Three Phases to Raising Obedient Pets.”

I’m just joking about the last one, but you get the idea.

Pray Together Sunday

Pray Together Sunday

Calling Churches to Prayer on July 10, 2016


Will your church participate in Pray Together Sunday and commit to a time of prayer in your worship service on July 10? With a unified voice, we will join together and ask Jesus to reset our hearts and our nation.

Here are a few reasons to take part:

Power of Prayer

3 Church Methods That Need to Change

3 Church Methods That Need to Change

Church methods have to change for churches to remain effective.


In light of modern cultural realities, here are three methodological shifts churches should consider to more effectively make disciples and reach our communities.

Consider scattering over gathering

Saturday is for Seminars—Disaster Relief Conference

Saturday is for Seminars—Disaster Relief Conference

Disaster Relief and Amplify


Let me share two conferences coming up on the Wheaton College campus this summer!

Caring for the Vulnerable, June 7-10, 2016—Wheaton, IL

Click this link to register for Caring for the Vulnerable Disaster Ministry Conference.

"Lord, I Thank Thee That I Am Not like Those Evangelical Trump Supporters"

"Lord, I Thank Thee That I Am Not like Those Evangelical Trump Supporters"

Religious scorn should not flow from our voting choices.


In the 18th chapter of Luke’s Gospel, Jesus tells a story about two men who go up to the temple to pray.

One is a Pharisee, known for his strict piety: he fasts twice a week, tithes faithfully, and doesn’t cheat on his wife.

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