Years ago students had to relocate to attend theological seminary. I often joke that when I was young, we had seminaries to attend, not just click on! The rise of internet study has dramatically changed modern education. Nevertheless,  my new bride and I packed up and moved to Louisville, ou…

I'll never forget the family I met at a neighboring church years ago while leading a Bible study. They were happy in their church, I thought, but several years later they presented themselves for membership in our church. The interesting thing is that there was another church in between, so …

Instead of a soapbox derby, this event at Riverside Baptist Church was called a junk box car derby. Pastor Ken Maddox said nothing could be purchased, and the car had to be built with items found around the home. No motors and feet off the ground. The event was held Saturday, and Maddox said…

Casual readers come to 1 Corinthians 13 and hear comforting words concerning “love.” Hallmark cards import these words for every happy occasion: mother’s day, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. They are some of the most beautiful words in human language.

In February 2019, Jon Glass accepted the call to pastor Cropwell Baptist, a church that has ministered to the Coosa Valley area since 1888. Jon and Matthea are parents of six children; a son was still-born – a grief he shared with me over lunch one day. Glass commented that his and Matthea’s…

Someone took me to task for what I thought was a harmless quip. In a tongue-in-cheek article about how we Baptists “steal” pastors from one another, I remarked that, though it’s a flawed system, God seems to help us through it most of the time.

“Can a Christian drink alcohol? Can a Christian attend a gay wedding? Can a Christian celebrate Halloween? Can single Christians of the opposite sex share a room on a road trip? Should a Christian use birth control? Can I attend a funeral of another religion or celebrate Christmas eve mass at a Catholic church?”