Protecting Our Children

Psalm 127:3 says, “Children are a gift of the Lord.” Yet, according to the latest available statistics from the Children’s Bureau of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, 1,640 children died of abuse and neglect in 2012. Child abuse is a horrible reality that cuts across cultural and socioeconomic barriers. Since only […]

Sunday Dinner: Peach Cobbler

Our neighbor to the south calls itself the Peach State, but we here in our beautiful South Carolina know both in our hearts and statistically that we produce more peaches than they do. However, we are polite and kind people, and won’t make an issue of it. What we do want to do is to […]

Wholly Healthy: Shaping Safe Lives for Our Children

Our children learn in many ways. They learn, of course, in school. They learn from what they see on television and the Internet. (Heaven help us.) They learn from what we tell them as parents, and they learn from the way we live. In fact, we are walking, talking billboards that our children watch and […]

Viewpoint: Rethinking Your Internet Pastor

As a kid I grew up listening to preachers on the radio like John MacArthur and Charles Stanley. It wasn’t a weekly thing, but occasionally on the weekend you might find one of their sermons on the house stereo. If I wanted to listen to more of their sermons, I had to either tune in […]

Comic Belief: Family Trips

We took many family trips. The other day I was thinking about root canals, leprosy, IRS audits and family trips. I think it was Churchill who said, “We have fought in the valleys, by the rivers, and on the mountain.” That sounds a lot like some of our family trips. First of all, I have […]

Osteen message ‘aims for so little’

The evangelical world, joined by no shortage of secular observers, has been abuzz about the latest soundbite of note from the Pastors Osteen — this time offered by Victoria Osteen as her husband Joel beamed in the background. In her message, Victoria Osteen tells their massive congregation to realize that their devotion to God is […]

Viewpoint: Did You Choose the Right Vocation?

We can all imagine a different life on a parallel track, but we can only live one track at a time. I was reading an article by a physician who was disappointed by his profession. He would not recommend a medical career for his own children and felt that his ideals were betrayed by the […]

Viewpoint: 10 Things We Owe David Platt

Many are aware that Dr. David Platt was not my choice for the presidency of the IMB. But the presidential selection committee has assured us that at the end of the intercessory road, Dr. Platt is God’s choice. Therefore, it is time for a burial. All critics beginning with me must bury our reservations and […]