The most recent statistical report for the past year of ministry by the churches in the Southern Baptist Convention has been released. The news is not good. As a denomination, we continue our multi-year decline on the most important indicator of our spiritual health – baptisms.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services recently issued new directives for foster care providers related to gender identity and sexual orientation. Their instructions, given the changing understanding about those issues today, were not surprising. What caught my attention was the...
Why is Gateway Seminary here? I don’t mean in the macro or mission sense, but literally, why is our primary campus here – in Ontario, California?
Leaders are supposed to be mature people who approach their role as adults. There are many people today – in all fields, not just politics – who lead more like children. We need more adults in the room!
It’s graduation season at Gateway. That’s an apt descriptor because we have five graduations across the West every May – allowing graduates to participate in the service of their choosing at any of our five campus locations. This year we have 201 total graduates, which is a smaller number for us.
My weekend-world and weekday-world reveal the disconnect that sometimes exists between seminary conversations and real-world concerns. This past weekend was a good reminder of what it means to prepare people for leadership in local churches. I spoke at a men’s conference with attendees from...
One contemporary trend in worship services is turning the lights down on the congregation during the service. This has the effect of focusing the attention on the stage, much like happens in a theater. The goal is well-intended – minimizing distraction among the audience – but actually has a...
Today, getting the gospel to unreached people groups is a missional priority. While the language is new, the concept is not. Southern Baptists have been sending missionaries to difficult places to launch gospel movements for a long time.
Two weeks ago, I wrote about the importance of Baptist Foundations and their contribution to kingdom ministries. Since then, two interesting things have happened that further underscore the importance of their work.
Coptic Christians in Egypt are mourning the death of 44 friends and family members who died in two separate church bombings on Palm Sunday. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks.