Prayer, fasting and the power of God

John Wesley took a dim view of pre-revival America, but he had a plan to change it. Wesley spent time in the colonies and reported, “I desired as many as could to join together in fasting and prayer, that God would restore the spirit of love and of a sound mind to the poor deluded […]

Grace and Truth: What’s Tone Got to do With It? Much Indeed (Part 2)

Five further insights on tone — continued from the May edition of The Baptist Courier. 6. SOFTEN YOUR LANGUAGE. Avoid harsh, judgmental language or attitudes. Avoid emotive language. Intentionally use gracious, non-combative words. Remember Proverbs 15:1: “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Another important bit of biblical wisdom […]

Law Amendment: Stand Where the World Stands Against Us

Over the last year the two of us have benefited from many conversations with friends on the upcoming vote for the Law Amendment at the Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis. The constitutional amendment will require churches who seat messengers at the SBC to “affirm, appoint, or employ only men as any kind of pastor or […]

New and Noteworthy Books — May 2024

The Life of an Associate Pastor: How God Used My Vocational Training to Prepare Me for Ministering to His Church (Founders Press, 2024) by Rick Davidson This new book on local church ministry is a unique resource; there simply is no other book like it that I’m aware of. This book tells the story of […]

Finding Philemon: A Lesson of Forgiveness and Reconciliation 

“Blessed are the peacemakers, because they will be called sons of God,” Jesus tells His followers in His Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5:9). Like lambs among wolves, we’re enjoined by the “Prince of Peace” to be peacemakers, too, actively seeking to reconcile people to God and to one another. Sounds wonderful! Yet, practicing civility […]

Pastors, Teach and Model Civility

As William Wilberforce, the 18th and 19th century member of Parliament, fought for the abolition of slavery, he also led a “manners” crusade in England. He saw a direct correlation in the public arena between the way citizens treated and spoke to each other, including toward those trapped in slavery, and what shaped their personal […]

New and Noteworthy Books — April 2024

The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down: The Lord’s Prayer as a Manifesto for Revolution (Thomas Nelson) by R. Albert Mohler Jr. “Our Father, who art in heaven … .” The opening words of the Lord’s Prayer have become so familiar that we often speak them without a thought, sometimes without any awareness that […]

Why Don’t We Pray? Look in the Mirror

Prayerlessness is a lack of faith in Christ “I will lift my eyes to the hills — from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Ps. 121:1-2, NKJV). Any time you begin to look at yourself, lift your eyes to the hills, and then keep looking up […]

If God is Sovereign, Why Pray?

God commands that we pray John Calvin wrote some profound words about prayer: “It is very important for us to call upon him: First, that our hearts may be fired with a zealous and burning desire ever to seek, love, and serve him, while we become accustomed in every need to flee to him as […]

The Lord Taught Us How to Pray

Jesus not only taught us to pray — He commands it We long for revolution. Something within us cries out that the world is horribly broken and must be fixed. For centuries, the word “revolution” was scarcely heard, buried under ages of oppression. The word itself was feared, and speaking it was treason. And then, […]