Over the years, a few people have asked me for a private baptism experience. I have always declined. A private ceremony undermines key purposes of baptism – a public witness of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and public identification with a community of believers.
Many tributes will be shared this week in reflection on the life of George H. W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States. President Bush died a few days ago and a grateful nation mourns his contribution to our country.
Organizational or institutional arrogance can be a significant problem, even among successful ministries. In How the Mighty Fall, corporate arrogance leading to downfall includes these stages: hubris born of success, undisciplined pursuit of more, denial of risk and peril, grasping for...
One of our outstanding leaders at Gateway recently told me about a new motto his department has adopted. He said, “We have developed a simple slogan to use when we deal with any problem: “win or learn.”
Disciple-making begins with sharing the gospel with non-Christians. When a lost person receives salvation, one of their first acts of public obedience is baptism. The growth process – turning new converts into fully devoted Jesus followers – continues for a lifetime. After baptism, another...
The recent Time cover photo featuring President Trump glowering at a crying child infuriated me – even before I knew it had been faked. The actual story was gripping enough, without fictionalizing it.
Last week, my summative statement about the future of the Southern Baptist Convention was “very optimistic.” My weekly blog spelled out some reasons for my optimism. After attending the annual meeting of Southern Baptists, let me add another reason to be optimistic about the future.
A student recently asked me, “How do you feel about the future of the Southern Baptist Convention?” He was surprised by my answer, “Very positive.” He replied, “Don’t some of the current problems mean the convention is in trouble?” My answer was, “No, not really.” He asked for some explanation...
Karthik Nemmani, from near Dallas, recently won the national spelling bee by knowing how to spell the word koinonia. Southern Baptists will go to Dallas next week and see if we know what the word means.
Organizations – including churches, companies, and conventions – all experience mission drift. It happens when an organization loses focus on its founding purpose and its reason for continued existence.