Jana and I thank our association for its prayerful support and understanding as we visited the Holy Land 2/24-3/5. No MSBA funds were used to finance this trip; a mystery person paid our air and lodging, and we paid for tours and meals. I promised in previous columns a report on our trip. Here goes.
We rendezvoused in Newark NJ as 30 people from across the US met for the first time before flying to Israel. All were recipients of this generous benefactor who was the unifying
In past columns I have written about a Paul/Timothy relationship. I am deeply committed to this biblically-based mandate to win the world to Christ in a manner that is Christ-commanded and in a way anyone can do. I may not be able to lead a multinational corporation or head up anything on a national scale, but I can invest my life in others to the point of making disciple-makers, to “teach others to teach others to teach others” (Mt. 28.18-20, 2 Tim. 2.2). We are to be faithf
The spring MSBA calendar has had/will have numerous training opportunities: 1. Pastors/Wives Retreat---1/29-30, Pipestem
2. Annual MSBA Men's Breakfast---Sat., 2/6, 8am, Lilly Grove BC
3. Pastors Fellowship---Monday, 2/8, 11am-1pm, FBC Hinton
4. Deacon Training---2/10 (Wed.) two sessions (same material each session), MSBA conference room. Day session will be 11-1, lunch provided. Eve. session 6-8pm. 5. Disaster Relief Training---Sat., 3/19, 9am-1pm, MSBA conf
When you listen to investment commercials, or talk to your financial advisor, the disclaimer always surfaces: “past results are not sure indicators of future results” or some derivation thereof.
After the annual MSBA meeting Jana and I flew to Texas for a short visit to check up on her 90 yr. old mother in her DFW retirement center. She has recovered nicely from a broken femur earlier this year; Jana had spent many days with her in the rehab phase. While there I rolled my an
Remember this from HS lit. class? “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”(Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities) A week’s circumstances can be an emotional roller coaster. This past week: 1) our annual meeting (10/20) had 103 attendees, a large increase over last year. We had great spirit, outstanding speakers, a majority of MSBA pastors in attendance, and were encouraged by what we heard and experienced; 2) however, I am writing on 10/26 and yesterday was the last ser
SIMPLE WAY TO PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE I use several devotional books in my quiet time and of course one of them is the classic, My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. One of the best lines is the opening one for Sept. 6: “A river reaches places which its source never knows.”
The Word mandates that we make disciples of all nations (Mt. 28.19-20). Preaching for decisions is rewarding when you see someone actually give their heart to Christ, and we should all rightfully r
PROCLAIMING CHRIST ACROSS THE CULTURES A challenging task for the body of Christ is to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord in a cultural context other than “our own.” Many Christians assume their home environment is the best or only way to express their faith because it is familiar or comfortable, and are not sure when in strange environs if their discomfort is simply because it’s “different” or because they are among heretics! Our worship, preaching, discipleship, walk with the Lo
A book that finds its way into my backpack for repeated readings is Leadership is an Art by Max DePree. He has quite a knack for reducing large thoughts down to succinct but profound phrases. When asked what one of the most difficult tasks of a leader was, he simply said, “the interception of entropy,” a phrase I quote often. “Interception of entropy” has strong biblical basis and many applications for our MSBA churches. Entropy is a technical term used in thermodynamics, com
Discipleship has always been an emphasis of my ministry, and I often say we would greatly strengthen the Kingdom work of our church families if everyone had a Paul (a spiritual mentor), everyone had a Barnabas (a spiritual companion in the pilgrimage), and everyone had a Timothy (a spiritual charge, 2 Tim 2.2). This past weekend in TX was both a privilege and example of a discipling relationship.
Pictured with me above is Steve Alberts, a phenomenal youth minister who came