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Bacote: Some practical help to sustain your public witness

Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if … Continue reading

February 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Bacote: Permission to go out in public

This just in: Christians have permission to go out in public. Of course, this is not really news, but sometimes evangelical followers of Christ wonder if it is OK to … Continue reading

January 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

I believe in you; go with God

This is a big week for my two youngest children. One started college; one started student teaching. I would like to borrow some words from Amanda Marshall’s song, “Believe in … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Parenthood changes with time

It hardly required a thought; it was more an impulse. I grasped the upper arm of my adult daughter, stopped her, and led her backward a step. We had been … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Excellence of character crosses party lines

Through the years, I have voted for some truly great individuals, people of high ethical standards, of high character. Here are some of them in chronological order: — Jimmy Carter … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

We should be careful with our “God calls” language

Baptists like to talk about a calling from God. It’s most frequently used in relation to a “call to ministry” or a “calling to be pastor” of a church. It … Continue reading

December 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Let the joy of Christmas shine from our lives

A boy trudged through the snow one cold evening in Connecticut around 1820. He spied the town’s “”little brown Episcopalian church lit up like a beacon in the early darkness,” … Continue reading

December 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Jesus Christ is the center

My favorite sentence in the 1963 Baptist Faith & Message is not in the 2000 version. It says: “The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Prayer takes us beyond ourselves

The first duty of Christian living is prayer. The greatest privilege of Christian living is prayer. The most sublime practice of Christian living is prayer. The great hope for Christian … Continue reading

November 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Maybe I’m just another Gilligan

Sometimes I envy people who see the  world in clear right and wrong terms — politically, religiously, culturally, or whatever. I just am not wired that way. I’m kind of … Continue reading

November 10, 2016 · Leave a comment