Lament and Worship in a Pandemic

Lament and Worship in a Pandemic

I was recently asked to comment on the appropriateness of lamenting as a Christian, given the stress people are under because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In short, lament is a very appropriate response to the cruel losses and hardships of these days. The Bible not only...
Do we understand true consequences?

Do we understand true consequences?

Every teacher or coach knows that giving feedback to a student is vital to the learning experience. We need to know how we’re doing. Feedback gives us information and the sooner we get the feedback the better. There’s an analogous set of truths here in the world of...
A Call for Moral Courage

A Call for Moral Courage

I’ve been writing young adult fiction for a number of years, and because of it I’ve been thinking about the flaws, failures, and virtues of the characters in the novels. I have realized in a fresh way that one of the traditional attributes my characters...
Why is your name important?

Why is your name important?

The start of a new school year is approaching and whether students go to the same school they did last year or a new one this coming year, they will be frequently asked, “What is your name?” It’s a foundational question that forms a beginning point...
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,...
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...