Viewpoint: Why I Stopped Going to Movies

Guess what question this film critic of 30 years was asked the day after the Academy Awards: “What’d ya think of the Oscars?” Well, for the first time since John Wayne won a golden statuette for “True Grit,” I didn’t watch the Oscars. Sadly, after three decades reviewing movies I simply dread entering the local […]

Guest Viewpoint: Search Committees and the Challenges They Face

I’ve worked with a number of pastor and staff search teams as they vet possible candidates for their open positions. These folks typically are God-seeking believers who want nothing but God’s will to be done. Churches and their search committees face an array of challenges. Among them: 1. Making wise choices for committee members. Just […]

Baptists: Reporting on the SBC

Right before the Southern Baptist Convention met in Orlando in 1994, the little paper I edited ran an investigative piece about a far-reaching policy at one of our SBC entities. It was an embarrassment to the entity’s president and he responded by calling our state convention’s executive director and asking in a loud voice, “Can’t […]

Viewpoint: Cooperative Program — Comprehensive, Enduring, Accountable

This happens more often than you think: Members of a Sunday School class decide to circumvent their offerings that would normally go through the church’s systematic giving budget in order to give to a worthy cause or need. Maybe there has been an appeal for some particular project or independent missionary or humanitarian need — […]

Letter: Advice at ordination still holds true

I noted recently with sadness the passing of Rev. Pat Perry. To many, Pat was a very effective vocational evangelist who traveled across our state for nearly 20 years, winning many to Christ. To me, however, Pat was a pastor and friend who ordained me to the Gospel ministry at Lee Road Baptist Church in Taylors […]

Behind the Desk and In Front of the World

It’s important to honor our administrative professionals She’s often the first person to represent your church when guests call or stop by. She (or he) works hard to assist your church’s leaders and members. She may be volunteer, part-time or full-time. Your church may have one or many. A good administrative assistant significantly impacts your […]

Viewpoint: Drive-by Praying

Think about how much time you and your family spend in the car. Then think about how you use that time. Whatever you typically do, I challenge you to use your time to pray as you drive — even to pray aloud as a family as you go. Think about how many places and people […]

Wholly Healthy: Understanding the Zika Virus

It seems increasingly as if the names of diseases originate from science fiction novels. This is certainly the case with one of our latest concerns, the Zika virus. First described in Uganda in 1947 and named for a forest there, Zika virus disease has lately made the news due to a large number of cases […]

Sunday Dinner: Ugly Duckling Cake

“I made that when I was a youngster,” my friend Marie said as we talked in the aisle of the supermarket where I had gone to buy ingredients for Joyce Tonroy’s Ugly Duckling Cake. The supermarket aisles are my primary social gathering spot. Marie and I have known each other since our children were in […]