Very Optimistic

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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...

Koinonia

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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.

Responsible

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In a recent conversation about leadership and decision-making, a phrase was used that is a good descriptor of one aspect of leadership. My comment was, “I am not always right, but I am responsible.” One of the hallmarks of leadership is making decisions and owning the consequences. It’s a...

Disheartening

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When Bill Hybels announced his early retirement last week, he became the third high-profile evangelical leader in the past two months to leave public ministry because of inappropriate moral behavior. This is disheartening for all ministry leaders and besmirches the reputation of evangelicals who...

Younger Pastors

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In his recent column in Facts and Trends, Dr. Thom Rainer wrote about the coming crisis of pastoral leadership – not enough pastors. He reported that half of all American pastors are over age 55. In 1992, only 24% were over that age. He also noted the percentage of pastors under age 40 has...

A Mandate for Ministry Leaders

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Sexual harassment, abuse, and perversity by ministry leaders is a painful reality. It’s hard to demand others in our culture to maintain moral standards when ministry leaders fail to do so. Moral authority is forfeited by hypocritical ministry leaders who demand from others what they are not...

Simple questions

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The American church has never been more analyzed and categorized, with predictions galore about where it’s headed, what it’s becoming, how it needs to change, and whether it is growing, plateaued, or declining. It’s easy to get lost in all this and decide the health of our local church more...

Productivity vs. posturing

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Over this past weekend, many professional athletes and related personnel engaged in various forms of protest, spurred on by recent comments by President Trump. Many people are now expressing opinions about those opinions and the President’s opinions and how they were expressed. My question about...

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