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State of South Baptist Church 2018

“My ways are higher than your ways, declares the Lord.” State of South Baptist Church At the end of each year of ministry here at South, I take some time for reflection and ultimately try to tie my thoughts back to Scripture (which should be our foundation for everything). This year my thoughts drew me almost immediately to Isaiah 55, where God shares…

Christianity: Job or Faith?

Have you ever felt that being a Christian is like a second job? That you have to be perfect or else you will feel like you messed up big time? Well I know I have. Ever since I have been saved, I have been trying my hardest to do what is right in God’s eyes. I would get so wrapped up in the right and wrong that I would feel useless, damaged, and never good enough to keep up with what God commands of us as His people.

What Should Our Response Be To Ferguson

In light of all that has been happening the last few days in Ferguson, Missouri, I came across the following article that I believe would be a good a read for all of us as we seek to have a proper response to everything. The author of the article is Dr. Eric Mason, who is founder and lead pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to his role at Epiphany Fellowship, he serves as president of Thriving, a ministry dedicated to aiding ethnic minorities to be resourced and trained for ministry to the urban context. Author of Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole, Eric holds degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (DMin).

If God Is So Loving Then…

On my last day off, my wife and I were enjoying some coffee, tea, and bagels at our “usual” place– along with some time conversing with one another. During the course of our conversation my wife brought up a question that was discussed during her women’s Bible study at the church. That question being the very common, “If God is so loving, then…” which is typically followed by asking why He would allow something bad to happen that would cost people their lives. (Examples: tsunamis, earthquakes, mudslides, 9/11, etc.)

Over the years, a form of this question has been asked many different times; and as a follower of Jesus Christ, my answer to it typically begins by addressing the wrong thinking– that all of the bad things mentioned in a question such as this, are caused by God. Biblical truth tells us that God created this world perfect (Gen.1:31), but it was mankind who chose to sin (Gen. 3:6), which in turn brought different forms of evil and destruction into God’s perfect creation – including death (Gen. 2:17). The other day however, when my wife brought this question to my attention, it made me re-think my approach.

Overflowing With Gratefulness

My family just recently returned from an unbelievable vacation in Florida.  What made it so unbelievable (and I still have trouble wrapping my brain around) is that this trip was provided for us by some of our relatives.  It’s difficult to comprehend, with how excited I was to go on this trip, that it was even able to exceed my lofty expectations.  There were many firsts for my family including the kid’s first time in Florida and thus their first visit to Disney World.  Our time spent with family and our accommodations were amazing.  I truly cannot say enough good things about the experience.  Quite frankly, the only negative thought I had was that it had to end.  Several tears were shed on the last day as our families separated to enter back into everyday life.  As I’ve taken time to reflect back on the experience and the sacrifice that our family made to make this possible, I am in awe.  It was an experience for which I will be forever grateful.

Collateral Blessings

Recently, I read a sobering article by Patrick Morely (national director – Man in the Mirror ministries, from his article entitled: “A Look in the Mirror”, spring – 2014).  In that article, Pat drills down to the root cause of so much of the misery in our world today:  dysfunctional men!  Now, before the collective “amen” rises from my women readers, let me say that we all know of many exceptions to that provocative  statement – godly, selfless men who’ve modeled the character of Jesus Christ and have punched countless holes in the darkness of this world.  In addition, I’m sure there are a few women who have created their own share of “hell on earth.”  Yet, the more I think about Patrick’s statement, I can’t deny that it is true.  This is what he says:

Stuff

I like stuff.  And I’m sure it’s safe to say that you do too!  Some of us collect stuff.  Some of us buy stuff just to have stuff.  Some of us constantly exchange or upgrade our stuff.  Some of our stuff collects dust.  Some of our stuff breaks because we use it so much.  We like stuff.

Hi, my name is Brandon and I’m a stuff-aholic.

It’s Coming to a Church Near You

In just a few weeks Easter Sunday will here, and hopefully spring time along with it. One thing that is sure to come with Easter Sunday, according to a recent Gallup poll, is an increase in church attendance on that particular Sunday. Research Gallup has conducted in past years has shown that anywhere between 62% and 64% of Americans say they plan to attend church on Easter. That can be contrasted with the more typical attendance patterns by which about 4 out of 10 Americans tell Gallup interviewers that they either attended church within the last seven days, or that they attend at least once a week or almost every week. Now, I am not a great mathematician, but even I know that these statistics tell us that there will be a 20% average increase in church attendance Easter Sunday.