Viewpoint: Clique. Un-clique.

“We’re a friendly church!” It’s a phrase heard regularly in most churches. Often, the more true statement is, “We’re really friendly with one another.” Is it possible that newcomers to your small group or your church perceive your sweet fellowship as cliquish? Answer this question: Do you function more as a social club or an […]

Viewpoint: Say Goodbye to the Nominating Committee

This is the time on the church calendar when the nominating committees of most churches get busy enlisting workers and leaders for the church’s various organizations. It is a major job, carrying with it the future growth and effectiveness (or lack thereof) of the ministries throughout the church. Sometimes the committee simply carries forward some […]

Viewpoint: Loving the Local Church

I have a love relationship with the local church. The church has been my life — I was born a pastor’s child and eventually became a pastor’s wife. My father pastored Southern Baptist churches for over 50 years. And although I said I’d never marry a preacher, that’s exactly what I did. Almost 39 years […]

In Your Interest: What motivates you to give?

What motivates you to give? Let’s say that you are watching TV one evening and you see a commercial that shows a hungry child. You are drawn into that scene, and cannot easily forget it. You are moved into action, and make a contribution to the sponsoring organization. You can reasonably assume that you are […]

Viewpoint: Parents’ Rules for Back to School

As teachers set up their classrooms for a positive new academic year, they carefully post the “rules” for classroom behavior. But research suggests that it is parentswho actually have the greatest impact on a child’s school success. Perhaps parents need rules too! There are seven strategies or rules that parents might consider before school begins, to […]

The Most Terrifying Sentence in Ministry

“I wish my husband was more like you.” It is a frightening sentence I have heard in one form or another multiple times throughout my ministry. Sometimes it is worded differently, say, if it comes from a single woman who “would love to meet someone like you.” Sometimes the scary sentence is actually made up […]

(Legally) Living Your Faith in the Public Classroom

Like any job, teaching has its challenges, but for those truly called to this profession, the joys, surprises and satisfaction make the challenges worthwhile. For the Christian teacher in a public school, the joys are multiplied when the practice of faith in the classroom is understood and applied, legally and appropriately. Thanks to organizations like […]

After 5 years, is there a Great Commission Resurgence?

Editor’s note: What follows is an abbreviated version of a much lengthier analysis of the “Great Commission Resurgence” document adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention five years ago. To read the full article, which addresses each major component of the GCR document, visit When the gavel dropped to end the Southern Baptist Convention’s 2015 […]

Viewpoint: Finding a New Perspective

I was born with a special condition shared by many men (like 1 out of 100). It is technically called green-red dichromatic vision, or color blindness. My parents were somewhat familiar with the condition because of my mom’s brothers. However, very early in my preschool days, I would bring home from church my own crayon […]