Monthly Archives: June 2011

My Country ‘Tis of Thee

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.”  (Psalm 33:12.  Part of my text for Sunday.) On July 4, 1831, the song we know today as “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” was sung … Continue reading

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That’s Why We Do It!

Thursday evening of Vacation Bible School is one of the toughest but most rewarding evenings of the year.  It’s tough because the workers are tired.  Most of us have worked full time jobs for eight or more hours each day and then we’ve … Continue reading

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The Value of Teens in Ministry

In my early years of ministry, I took 1 Timothy 4:12 as a verse written to me, “Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in … Continue reading

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I’m An Environmentalist

I’m an environmentalist. To be honest, those words aren’t often spoken by evangelical pastors.  Most of us tend to be conservatives, and environmentalism isn’t usually on the top of conservative agendas.  And sometimes, it’s for good reason.  Many of the things associated … Continue reading

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I Love Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is an old-fashioned idea.  I’m now 53 years old, and I can’t remember not going to a church with a Vacation Bible School.  In any church I’ve been a part of, it has been an important part of the … Continue reading

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The Shape of the Ministry

My daughter Angela and I were at the Southern Baptist Convention this week, which meant that we were hanging out with a lot of Southern Baptist pastors.   Angie noticed something, and when she pointed it out, it made me very uncomfortable. She noticed … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts After A Weekend Away

My wife Dawn and I recently spent a weekend away in the White Mountains of Arizona.  The weekend away with her reminded me of many things: I love to preach, but every once in a long while, I love a week … Continue reading

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