Gospel-Centered Dating Part 2

Gospel-Centered Dating Part 2

In our first post regarding Gospel-Centered Dating, we covered the intent and purpose of dating from a biblical perspective—a Christian philosophy for dating, if you will. This time I want us to begin exploring how we see this philosophy realized in our lives in more practical, everyday kinds of ways, and make our way toward wrapping up our discussion next time. Continue reading →

Summer FUN or Summer Training?

Summer FUN or Summer Training?

Summer is for F-U-N! As the month of June rolls around, the summer school break is officially upon us and so is the ultimate question, “What will we do this summer?” For many school-aged children summer is when the youth sports season ramps up! Travel ball and leagues, clinics and camps are in full swing. It’s the time to specialize without the interruption of school work. Or is it? Continue reading →

Becoming a Multi-Ethnic Church

Becoming a Multi-Ethnic Church

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

 

I look around at various local churches in our denomination and I notice that the majority of them are still either predominately Caucasian or African-American. However, I also see many other local churches becoming more multi-ethnic or attempting, which makes more sense in our globalized world. Continue reading →

The Secret to Greatness

The Secret to Greatness

I love spending time with kids. An afternoon with a 5 year-old is exciting and inspiring because they truly want to be the best thing they can be. They are some of the greatest superheroes, ballerinas, and dinosaurs in the world! If you were to ask around, I think you would be hard pressed to find someone who would say, Continue reading →

Someday

Someday

Ah, yes, that wonderful phrase “Someday, I’ll…” It’s usually followed by a laundry list of what we want, should or ought to do! Like “Someday I will travel to {insert some exotic destination} or read that book, clean the garage, lose weight or get in shape!” Someday is that time between 30 seconds from now and never!

You’ve probably said this type of phrase even if it was in the form of a New Year’s resolution. But summer is coming so maybe you’ve said it in regards to your physical fitness as you anticipate shorts and swimsuit season. Continue reading →

Appreciating Teachers

Appreciating Teachers

May is a recognized time for appreciating teachers. Teaching is one of the most demanding and least appreciated professions around. We give them responsibility for training and molding our children and then tie their hands and limit their resources. So while the first week of May is generally recognized as National Teacher Appreciation Week, it is never a bad time to show appreciation and respect for this very important group of people who impact the lives of our children so significantly. Continue reading →

The World Has Arrived

The World Has Arrived

“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God” (Leviticus 19:33-34 ESV)

I was walking down the hall of a sister Baptist church in South Carolina on the way out of the door recently with a Japanese pastor friend of mine who has a Japanese ministry there when my eye caught a poster that outlined Greer First Baptist’s giving for the International Mission Board, North American Mission Board, and state missions. Continue reading →

Take a Nap

Take a Nap

“Sometimes the most spiritual thing a person can do is sleep.” – C. H. Spurgeon

Every now and then I get really busy, and I mean so busy to the point where if you asked me what superpower I want if I could have any (which, by the way, is a question I hope you have considered before now) my answer would actually be the power to stay awake forever. Gone are the days of wishing I could fly, because even if I could there would still be several hours of the day when I couldn’t fly because I would have to sleep. We all know what it’s like to be busy and stressed out. I’m sure you have found yourself wishing there were more hours in the day, so I want to ask, how many hours in a day do you set aside to rest? Continue reading →

Baptized Billfolds

Baptized Billfolds

On November 19, 1854 in Brushy Creek 250 people came to witness the baptism of Sam Houston. In that Texas creek one of the biggest sinners of that day was baptized. Sam Houston had a nickname, he was called the big drunk. A preacher by the name of Dr. Burleson baptized him. When asked to remove his billfold, Sam said, “No, it needs to be baptized too.” His billfold was baptized in more ways than one. Sam Houston gave half his salary to pay the Pastor’s salary. He gave untold dollars to support the building of a new College named Baylor. Continue reading →

Monday?

Monday?

This time of year is special for a group of students…SENIORS! On May 1st, we will honor our graduates just as we do every year. It is always a good day – a day to celebrate the accomplishment of graduating high school and a day to look forward to what’s next (by the way this is the first time we should celebrate graduating – when and why did we start playing Pomp and Circumstance and high fiving our kids because they graduated preschool?!). Continue reading →