Sunday Dinner: Fresh Vegetable Marinate

Today’s salad was made for hot summer days. Several home magazines have printed similar ones this summer, but I’m sure none was as good as Fresh Vegetable Marinate from Rachel Stucker of Providence Baptist Church in Pageland. The recipe was published in the church cookbook, from which I have used other selections. In it are […]

Outside the Walls: God is still in our public schools

“Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.” Watching each individual grain of sand pass through the bottleneck of an hourglass always captivated me as a child. At first it seemed as though the mass of sand would never pass through, but in an instant the final one fell. There is […]

Pastor to Pastor: Mark this as ‘priority’ on your calendar

It’s an epic understatement for pastors to say, “We need each other.” It’s tragically self-deceptive to think we do not need other pastors to help provide the reassurance we all require to finish well. Consider the following statistics, which offer a portrait of the group of people called “the church,” whom Christ left in charge […]

Wholly Healthy: Watch for signs of depression in your teen

It’s August, and that means that school is starting. Middle school and high school, in particular, are times of significant emotional challenges. Not only are students adapting to physical changes and emotional growth and maturity, the fact is that depression is a big problem for young people. In 2012, according to government statistics (, 11 […]

Comic Belief: Eating Frogs

Procrastination can lead to discouragement and depression. We put off doing something, and then it gets bigger and more difficult, so we put it off again. Our philosophy is, “Never put off until tomorrow what you can put off until the day after tomorrow.” The molehill becomes a mountain, and you’re really depressed. My advice […]

Worldview: Shaping Your Children’s View of Relationships

Christian parents play an important role in shaping their children’s understanding of relationships. Below, I list relationship principles that Christian parents can teach their children to help them develop a biblical understanding of relationships. God made us relational. God created people to be relational (Genesis 2:18). This implies that everyone needs meaningful relationships. The English […]

Kingdom Focus: A Message to Us from the Unchurched

It’s been an exciting few days here at the Amplify Conference at Wheaton College. Ed Stetzer designed this inaugural conference “to lead the conversation in evangelism and then implement the renewal of evangelism in our local churches.” I attended on behalf of Anderson University and at the invitation of Dr. Stetzer to serve as a […]

President’s Perspective: Launch Out … into the Impossible

I am so excited to travel around our state and share our theme for the 2016 South Carolina Baptist Convention annual meeting: “Launch Out,” which is based on Luke 5, where Jesus told Peter to launch out into the deep. Initially, Peter responded to Jesus’ command as you or I would have —  with logic: […]

Outside the Walls: Engage the Next Generation

When I was a student minister, I asked Mr. Bob to address our teenagers because of his past military experience. Because he was in his 70s I assumed he might be a bit apprehensive about speaking to them, so, before he went on stage, I whispered in his ear: “Let me know if you need […]