Finding Rest in a Restless World
So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Hebrews 4: 9-10. (ESV) It is overtly obvious to me and likely you as well, that this world is becoming increasingly unsettled. As a result, we… Continue reading
Eventually, We Must Come Back to Church
The Corona Virus global pandemic has disrupted every aspect of “normal” life for people all over the world. Economic problems have overwhelmed some families as businesses have suffered and jobs have been cut. And of course, the tragic loss of so many people; way too many. I have personally ministered to families who have lost… Continue reading
Does the Bible contain errors?
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the division of souls and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable… Continue reading
The Scandal of Secularism
In 2001, John Mullins, Superintendent of the Arab City School System in Alabama, was approached by a group of students requesting the opportunity to offer a prayer before the home football games in the fall. He enthusiastically encouraged the prayer and it was well received by the fans that season and for the next ten… Continue reading
The Power of Biblical Compassion
In the parable of the unforgiving servant found in Matthew 18:21-35, Jesus gives a striking illustration of the power of compassion. The king’s compassion toward the servant who owed him is stunning because his mercy is so undeserved. The word that Jesus chooses to describe the king’s compassion toward the indebted servant is the most… Continue reading
The Greatest Word Ever Spoken
On the cross Jesus gave seven statements, all of which are important, but perhaps none are as important as his last. “Jesus knew that His mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture He said, ‘I am thirsty.’ A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it… Continue reading
Theological Reflections on COVID-19
Suddenly we are living in a very strange world, a place that we don’t recognize. The baseball fields are empty, malls are closed, restaurants are bringing your food to the car and we find ourselves digging in our closets for that do-it-yourself haircut product (Flowebee) we purchased back in the 90’s. Many of the things… Continue reading
Church Member: Are You Unintentionally Killing Your Church?
When I was a little boy there was a kid that lived in my neighborhood who stopped by the house one day to show me the new kittens that his cat recently delivered. With excitement he took each of the kittens out of the basket he carried proudly showing them to me. In the weeks… Continue reading
Are you also going to leave?
From that time many of his disciples went back and walked with Him no more. Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Are you also going to leave?” John 6: 66-67. A couple of months ago the Christian world was stunned when a string of pastors and church leaders made public announcements regarding their intention of… Continue reading
I want to be like Harry…you should too!
Originally posted on Dr Kevin Blackwell: ? “As for you, son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. When you hear a word from my mouth, give them a warning from me.” Ezekiel 33:7 Around midnight on October 15, 1854 the students of Howard College, now Samford University, lay… Continue reading
I have been in ministry for 29 years serving in various capacities including senior pastor, youth pastor, education and associate pastor. I serve at Samford University as Assistant to the President and Executive Director of the Ministry Training Institute. I am co-author of the book, Cultivate Disciple Making. I received his Bachelors Degree from Samford, a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Master of Theology from the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His doctoral work was in the area of church health and revitalization. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His dissertation thesis is An Analysis and Critique of Disciple Making Within Ecclesial Movements in the United States, 1970-2020, With a View Toward Implementing a Faithful New Testament Missio Ecclesia.