Engaging Those Different Than Yourself

Five tips for engaging those different than yourself

Jon English Lee — April 1, 2016

I have a confession to make: I am a terrible evangelist. I do try, but I can’t seem to have much success or consistency. I often find myself hiding behind the excuse that “I’m an introvert.” But the real problem is that I am just not loving my neighbor as myself. The task is made … Continued

Missionary Organizations

4 Questions every church should ask a missionary organization

Elliot Clark — March 29, 2016

Not all missionary organizations are created equal. In fact, while the Great Commission is surprisingly succinct as founding documents go, it has germinated a host of extremely diverse ministries and methods. Today, hundreds of international sending agencies exist ranging from those committed to curbing sex trafficking to promoting the gift of prophecy, all in the … Continued

If Christ is not raised

If Christ is not raised

Jeff Robinson — March 25, 2016

As Christians who exult in the evangel, the good news of God’s redeeming love for sinners, we rightly cherish above all else the cross of Jesus Christ. Good Friday services are among the most glorious of our annual gatherings as we reflect upon that sacrifice. We delight to read and pray and sing and preach … Continued

Greever Frugality

Don’t let frugality steal your generosity

Jeremiah Greever — March 21, 2016

Frugality is perhaps one of the most prevalent characteristics found in college students, young seminarians, and millennials. Ever since the financial crisis of 2008, rising prices for college tuition as well as growing concern for market validity have given millennials ample incentives to become frugal. Of course, we would affirm that frugality is a good … Continued

Integrating counseling and discipleship in the local church

Integrating counseling and discipleship in the local church

David Dunham — March 17, 2016

If crisis does not lead to greater investment in community it will simply lead to deeper crisis. Often our inclination is to let crisis drive us towards isolation, but it is only within community that we can find real hope and help. So, crisis can become the entry point for many people into discipleship. Pastors, … Continued

Transition and the pastor's wife | Erin Wheeler

Transition and the pastor’s wife

Erin Wheeler — March 15, 2016

I couldn’t believe we were here. We’d flown in and out of Washington DC’s Reagan Airport more times than I could count, but never with Arkansas as the destination. In the past, God had called us to take what I had considered big leaps of faith by asking us to go places and do things … Continued

Croft Church Revitalization

Church revitalization: A biblical approach

Brian Croft — March 10, 2016

The numbers are staggering. Experts estimate that approximately 1,000 local churches close their doors every year. What is even more disheartening about this statistic is that number only reflects Southern Baptist Churches — my denomination. Imagine how that number grows if you added the number of closing local churches from other established denominations, which some assert … Continued

Live Smart

Get wisdom. Live smart.

Dan Dumas — March 8, 2016

I have often said that I grew up a proficient sinner. My context encouraged it, and I was gladly spurred on by peers. I grew up in Maine, where cultural Christianity died a long time ago. It wasn’t until I was a 21-year old in the Navy when I first turned from that sin and … Continued

Sermon Evaluation

Six crucial questions to ask of every sermon

Jeff Robinson — March 4, 2016

Every pastor has a general routine he follows each week in preparing to preach the Word of God on the Lord’s Day. I begin on Sunday night, reading next week’s text. I read it over and over, meditatively, throughout the week. By Wednesday, I hope to have a general outline. By Friday evening, I hope … Continued

York Pastoral Job

When you cannot find a place to serve in ministry

Hershael York — March 1, 2016

Hardly a day goes by that I do not receive some communication from a young minister, often someone I taught in seminary, who cannot find a place of service. Forced to work a secular and usually unpleasant job while sending out countless resumes and networking as much as possible, the disappointment and frustration mount almost … Continued