Preachers, Character, and Moral Living

Preachers, Character, and Moral Living

I taught a class called “Preaching through Ephesians” last semester at Houston Baptist University, and in the coming months, I’ll be adapting a few of my lectures into blogs. The first thing we talked about is applicable to any person who shares the word...
Whose Gospel Is It? The Power of the Message

Whose Gospel Is It? The Power of the Message

What is the source of authority when it comes to the church and right theology? Is it the clergy? Or is it the message? In my previous blog, I gave texts where the message and the messenger, in the best of all circumstances, go together because the character,...
Our Journey to Christmas

Our Journey to Christmas

“Our Journey to Christmas” is an appropriate phrase to express the rich variety of feeling, belief, commitment, and theology associated with Christmas. In this Advent season, each of us is on a journey, but not all paths are equal. Your path might be taking you to...
How Do I Find God’s Will for My Life?

How Do I Find God’s Will for My Life?

The idea of seeking the will of God has three broad meanings when we talk about it. (1) We often mean — what is God’s will for my life? (2) Or, we mean what is God’s will in a particular situation, one with a moral dilemma? (3) But, in Scripture, the will of the Lord...
Why You Should Read The Bible

Why You Should Read The Bible

I can still remember the revolutionary experience it was for me, in my sophomore year at college, to read through the New Testament. I read the Phillips Version, and, for the first time, the Scriptures came alive for me. As I reflect upon it, it’s odd that I don’t...
What are the best things?

What are the best things?

College is a time of discovery. I don’t mean sinful discovery, though many students use it for that purpose and to their detriment. No, I mean discovering passions and interests. I mean trying a lot of new things, making new (often lifelong) friends, and learning a...
Out of My Control: What do I do?

Out of My Control: What do I do?

What do you do when things that are utterly out of your control go wrong? It happens. Sometimes we feel like we’re having “one of those days” and sometimes too, we feel like “things” have been that way for years. What should we do? How should we act? Now of course,...
Where does worry get you?

Where does worry get you?

My assistant recently organized some of my old files, and she brought me this excerpt of a pastor column I wrote nearly 30 years ago: “I’ll admit it. I’m a worrier. I worry about today. I worry about tomorrow. I worry about money. I worry about friends. I worry about...
College, Isolation, and the Christian Life

College, Isolation, and the Christian Life

This past weekend Houston Baptist University hosted hundreds of people on campus for our annual Family Weekend. It’s always heartwarming to see students introducing their parents to new friends and showing parents around campus. As I watched this familiar scene, I...
Why do we fight and quarrel?

Why do we fight and quarrel?

What is the source of your quarreling? Jealousy. Envy. Materialism. These are the kinds of things that make people angry and fight and internally want to kill one another. That’s what James says in the fourth chapter of his letter to the believers. Jealousy is the...