What Always Matters

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Over the past few days, many issues and events have clamored for attention. The political upheaval surrounding the impeachment of former President Trump has dominated the news. Confirmation of heinous acts by Ravi Zacharias has further embarrassed Christians who are disgusted by continued moral...

New Heroes

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One of the best things about the growing diversity in the Southern Baptist Convention is the inclusion of new heroes. There have been pioneers among Korean, Chinese, Filipino, Hispanic, and Romanian Southern Baptists (and many other groups as well). The groups listed here are particularly...

Resiliency

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We are kicking off another semester at Gateway this week. Since most of our students live in California (even in an online or video-classroom world), maintaining academic programs and organizational operations is challenging. Our COVID infection and death rates in Southern California are still...

Making it Work

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Over this past weekend, I attended a men’s ministry meeting at my current church and a worship service at my former church. Being at these church events reminded me it has been more than decade since I have been a racial or cultural majority member of a church. Our former church was a...

A Crisis Gospel

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Events last week in Washington, D.C. were historic in all the wrong ways. For those of us who train leaders, it was a case study in leadership failures culminating in disgustingly seditious acts. For Christians, it was embarrassing as Capitol-invaders carried symbols of our faith, appropriated...

Why Plan for the Future

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A pastor recently shared an observation and a dilemma all leaders face. He told me about his strategic plan for 2020, and how it disintegrated and had to be recreated in a very different form in March 2020 when the COVID pandemic emerged as the defining cultural event for last year. His...

Catch Your Breath

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A pastor recently summed up his experience in 2020 with the lament, “Man, I just need a win.” He lives in a place the pandemic has ravaged and where governmental restrictions have been severe. Online church has taxed the limits of his, and his church’s, relational reserves. They have not met in...

Institutional Grief

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When a group of people like a church or a ministry organization experience a shared loss they feel something called institutional grief. This can be any significant loss—like the death of a colleague, the resignation of a beloved pastor, cancellation of ministry gatherings, or any loss situation...

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