5 Ways to Celebrate Baptism

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are abuzz with pictures of Kentucky Baptist Pastors baptizing new believers in Christ. Just this past week I saw snapshots—some on social media and others provided by friends—of a lady in Hopkinsville robed up, standing next to her pastor, and ready to enter the baptistry. I also saw a man inContinue reading “5 Ways to Celebrate Baptism”

Sharpening your axe

Ecclesiastes 10:10 says, “If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.” Do you find yourself working harder and harder in leadership with little increase in effectiveness? Many ministry leaders around Kentucky work diligently each week to further the gospelContinue reading “Sharpening your axe”

Evangelism just happens

Contrary to popular belief, evangelism doesn’t “just happen” in church life. It requires intentionality, effort, and practice. Many of us have heard the contemporary mindset that says, “Get the church or ministry healthy and evangelism will follow.” In other words, instead of trying to motivate Christians to share the good news, let’s focus instead onContinue reading “Evangelism just happens”

Where are we going?

I love to hop in the car and drive without a particular destination in mind. Maybe one or two stops are rolling around in my head, but the potential of discovering new places and things is part of the fun. When it comes to leadership, however, most of your followers will want to know whereContinue reading “Where are we going?”

Time to celebrate with Ky. Baptists

Celebration is not a strength for me. I did not grow up with birthday parties or big celebrations for milestones met. Up until the last minute I was considering not attending my own college graduation ceremony. Given the delinquent approach I took to my college career it is nearly a miracle that I graduated fromContinue reading “Time to celebrate with Ky. Baptists”

Building an evangelistic church

In my garage is a set of tools given to me several years ago as a Christmas gift from my wife. The tool kit contains open-end wrenches, sockets, screwdrivers, Allen wrenches, and more. The organizers of this tool kit knew that different projects require different tools. When it comes to building an evangelistic church, moreContinue reading “Building an evangelistic church”

Thankful for God’s faithfulness now and in days ahead

Thank you, Kentucky Baptists! Coming out of our Kentucky Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Owensboro we have much to be thankful for and much to look forward to. Here are three things for which I give thanks to God for Kentucky Baptists: I thank God for caring churches: Over 2,300 Kentucky Baptist churches care for theirContinue reading “Thankful for God’s faithfulness now and in days ahead”

Who is the ‘Lazarus at your door?’

Many are familiar with the story told by Jesus, as recorded in Luke 16, about the rich man and Lazarus. Many have preached this text, highlighting what it says about hell. It is a powerful message and should be preached in our day. The rich man went to hell and suffered there. He did notContinue reading “Who is the ‘Lazarus at your door?’”