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  God is Great at Connecting the Dots

Jesse and Jessica Phillips have not even reached their mid twenties. They have been married less than three years. Yet they have set out on an adventure that has taken them far away from their New Sharon, Iowa home.  They are now missionaries in Africa. Many people... read more

What Seemed Impossible Began With a First Step

Not long after I arrived at Trinity Baptist Church in 1996, I had a big decision to make. Henry Peabody, a Liberian, had asked me in a letter to help him get out of the Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana and come to the United States to get an education. I’d met Henry at... read more

Legislation Won’t Make Us Christian

The prophet Hosea boldly told the people of his day that God was tired of being placated by their symbolic measures of worship.  Instead he told them:  “I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings”... read more

And A Little Child Shall Lead

Each month our church staff leads chapel for nearly 70 children at our church day preschool.   We typically divide up responsibilities, but honestly, my role is usually minimal.  I might do a prayer or a welcome.   However, I’m always there because I love seeing... read more

Sewing Garments Together With Love

Seventy-five-year old Vivian Davis is constantly looking for ways to help people who are in need. People who know this drop items off at her home because they know she will get them into the right hands. Despite knee replacement surgery, she has traveled to Togo and... read more

Our Response to Winning and Losing Reveals Character

February 20, 2016 I don’t like to lose. I don’t know anyone who does. I especially don’t like to lose to braggarts.   There’s one sure way to shut up a braggart and that’s to beat one. Maybe that’s why I’ve always liked the story of David and Goliath. It’s hard to... read more

Sabbatical Reflections

My father-in-law, as a master gardener, has a close connection to the earth. He has enriched his garden through the years with hundreds of loads of pecan hulls from the local pecan company. Because the earth gives back so freely and because he believes it’s a biblical... read more

A Liberating Thought for All Saints Day (November 1)

All religions attempt to make sense of death. Death is an enemy, the ultimate enemy. It represents an exit from what we know into what we don’t know. While our religion has some effect on how we grieve, grief is a universal response to loss. Everyone grieves. It’s our... read more

Mark Richt—Winning With Integrity At UGA

The University of Georgia’s football coach Mark Richt was praised recently for his ethics and integrity. The USA Today article written by Dan Wolken cited Richt as being among the best in college football in these areas, but pointed out that seven colleges within a... read more

God is All Around Us If We Bother to Look

Have you ever had church where there was no church, where there was no preacher, except the one who preached the message did so by the example she gave, as she served others and gave testimony to God’s goodness and kindness? Have you ever been to church where there... read more

An Open Letter to My “Brother” Greg

Dear Greg, It happened to me again not long ago. Someone mistook me for you. I was at the funeral of a friend’s father and a man came up to me, shook my hand and began to thank me for what I’d done for him as a customer at your bank. He was singing “my” praises and it... read more

Using a Labyrinth to Help Focus Your Prayers

A descriptive word that emerges to describe Jesus’ prayer life from a study of Luke’s gospel is “intentional.” Jesus may have done a lot of praying “on the fly” but Luke portrays a Jesus who was intentional about setting aside time to pray. He was as intentional about... read more

Taking Time to Worship the Maker of All Things

For a week in July, friends of “Baptists Today” journeyed together through Glacier National Park bringing strangers together from across the Southeast who quickly found friendships with one another.   That’s not hard to do when you share a love for God and... read more

Rooting Flowers and Faith

People taking a stroll through my parents’ yard would see various kinds of plants, trees, and flowers they have planted over the 41 years they have owned their property. There are many varieties of daylilies, hydrangeas, azaleas, various kinds of roses, marigolds,... read more

Seeing People As People

I passed a man enjoying some shade under the pecan trees of our church parking lot on my way home for lunch last week. The door of his car was open and he looked to be relaxing and doing some reading. I almost walked by but then I stopped and spoke with him, as I was... read more

Unbridled Joy on Display at Graduation

Most schools just finished with another academic year and have graduated another class of students.   Graduation services have been held.   Here in Jefferson, GA, two male athletes stood in the position of valedictorian and salutatorian.  Evan Shirreffs, the... read more

Ministry is Not a Solo Act

Do we ever accomplish anything in ministry alone? I don’t think so. I thought about that recently when someone asked me to name some of the things I’ve accomplished throughout my ministry. While I can name some things, nothing on my list would qualify as a solo act.... read more

Are You Listening the to Great Coxswain?

A few weeks ago Tina and I stopped in Oak Ridge, Tennessee to watch our first-ever regatta. As the sculls raced down the river toward the finish line, we listened as the coxswains called out words of instructions to the crews. The coxswain, or cox, as he or she is... read more

Maundy Thursday Reflections on Good Friday

There were four staff members including our organist; another musician; choir members; acolytes; a sound and lighting person; a soloist; seven readers; those who prepared the communion table and helped serve communion; and those who changed out the colors on our... read more

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