Kingdom Focus: Employment for Deployment

Vocation. When most people think of the word, they think about their employment or job. Our common use of the word betrays its deeper meaning. Vocation comes from the Latin root vocatio, which means “calling.” Our vocation in life is actually our calling in life. Our vocation is to follow Jesus Christ as our Lord […]

Outside the Walls: From Sanctuary to Flooded Streets

“Why does God hate me?” Sam sat with his head in his hands, sobbing. His life was a mess, piled up 10 feet high in his front yard, after the flash flood in South Carolina rushed into his home. A few days before, his life seemed fine; now he was broken, and there was no […]

Comic Belief: Baby Talk

The first time I saw our oldest daughter, I saw a bald head and heard powerful lungs. She was a loud noise at one end and no responsibility at the other. It was scary. Now I know why they say, “Hold the head.” It’s the safest part. I knew this baby was going to change […]

Editor’s Last Word: Ministering to Addicts

Ministering to addicts can be frustrating. Those who seek to bring godly counsel and loving help to those caught in an addictive bond are to be commended, encouraged and supported. For the past 18 years, I have served in a volunteer capacity as the counselor for Home with a Heart, a residential Christian rehab ministry […]

Kingdom Focus: From All Tribes and Peoples and Languages

Growing up, from 1981-86, I had the privilege of living in West Berlin, Germany, during the Cold War. While in Berlin, my family attended Berlin Baptist Church, an international church whose members came from England, Lebanon, Vietnam, Indonesia, Eastern Kentucky, Georgia, Germany and Cambodia. Being a part of such a diverse body of believers taught […]

Comic Belief: Conflicting Ways

Been to battle lately? Conflict can actually be good for you. Criticism separates people, but conflict stimulates people. If you ignore things, they build up and get worse. You might as well fight the battle before you have to go to war. A little boy asked his dad how the big war started. The father […]

Pastor to Pastor: Unnecessary Things

Not long into our hike, we saw remnants of the unnecessary: discarded clothing, extra shoes, cola products, games, small coolers, blankets, and even snacks and candy. We instructed them the night before to not take unnecessary things. We were to hike one mile and camp for one night. What do 8-year-olds understand about “essential”? Apparently, […]

President’s Perspective: Confronting the Problem

Addiction has been a growing problem in all communities for an incredibly long time. During the 1970s, drug abuse became rampant throughout the world. While drugs represent the most prominent addiction, other addiction forms have begun to surface within all cultures and social classes. Alcohol addiction has become a major contributing factor in divorces, job […]

Outside the Walls: Hearing the Broken One’s Story

I tried to pretend not to see him. He held a cardboard sign on the exit of the interstate and walked up slowly to my stalling car at the light. My prayer was answered, and the light turned green just before he made it to my car. I know you are much more spiritual than […]

Wholly Healthy: Loving the Addicted

I had a wonderful talk with a young woman a few days ago. She came to the ER confused, hallucinating and suicidal. The mental health system being what it is in most states, she was still in the ER the next day. This time she was lucid, calm, pleasant and apologetic. “I think it was […]