Wholly Healthy: The Unsung Hero of the Hospital

When we think about healthcare and hospitals, most people conjure up images of physicians in surgery, or of nurses in scrubs, moving quickly and efficiently between sick patients. Hospitals are filled with many important people — from medical staff to therapists, pharmacists, X-ray and ultrasound technicians, housekeeping, laundry, kitchen staff, and a veritable army of […]

Comic Belief: What’s Your Influence?

One of my strategies as a speaker was to mention in churches that I speak to businesses so that people can recommend me to their business. One pastor told me that there was a flaw in my strategy. He said many church people have zero influence in the business community. When he said that, I […]

Legislative Update: News from the Statehouse

For most people, summer in South Carolina brings hot, humid days, vacations, afternoon thunderstorms, and a myriad of family outdoor activities. For the South Carolina Legislature, it brings final work on the budget, Senate and House Subcommittee hearings, and, later on this year, redistricting. If you have been following my reports from the Legislature, you […]

Editor’s Word: The Thinking Christian

Pastor and theologian Alistair Begg said, “We need to do what the Bible has always entrusted us to do: Think.” In different ways and in varying degrees, we are all thinkers. It is a God-given ability, and the Christian faith is a thinking faith. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote, “The whole trouble with a man of little […]

Editor’s Word: The Greatest Generation

With this July issue we are paying tribute to members of the “Greatest Generation.” Particularly, we are focusing on those who served in the military, especially those who fought in the Pacific and European theaters of war. The Fourth of July is a national holiday, and we can certainly pause and give thanks to God […]

President’s Perspective: Hearing What’s Not Being Said

If there’s anything I’ve learned from 18 years of pastoring, it’s this: What’s said and what’s heard can be two entirely different things. If you attended the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting last month, you probably overheard a number of sidebar conversations involving Critical Race Theory, sexual abuse, and Executive Committee transparency, just to name […]

Wholly Healthy: Mental Health Crucial

I have spent my life in the church, and, from about age 15 on, I was one of the dreaded “PKs.” That’s right, a preacher’s kid. Right up there with MKs (missionary kids) in our capacity for disruption, PKs can be a handful. But one of the great things about being a PK was having […]

Outside the Walls: Shifting from Quarrels to Love

“Quit fighting! You’re on the same team!” No, that was not a motion at the Southern Baptist Convention. However, I said this quite frequently as my two young boys were locked up while attempting to do something together. When my boys were younger, I would purposely get them to work together to try to accomplish […]

Comic Belief: The Good Stuff

Do you ever feel as if you dated Jekyll and married Hyde? One wife said she would always cherish the initial misconception she had about her husband. Someone said marriage is composed of three rings: engagement ring, wedding ring, and suffering. One pastor visited a children’s Sunday school class and asked them what God said […]