The Next IMB President

The president of the International Mission Board (IMB) is, I believe, the most important post in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). With news that David Platt is stepping down, the SBC will be looking for the next person to fill that critical role. More than anything we need to pray for wisdom and to find God’s man for this time. With that said, here are my thoughts on the kind of person we need to lead us.

We need a unifier. Perhaps no agency has the potential to unite the SBC as does the IMB. The mission of reaching the world for Christ requires and ignites unity. We can unite around this mission whether young or old, traditionalist or Calvinist, Alabama or Illinois fan. (There are only 10 of us Illinois fans in the SBC but I just like to put our name in there with Bama!)

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Grumpy Old Men

I’m on my way to becoming an old man. I don’t think I’ve gotten to the “Old Man Stage” yet, but I’ve probably lived a full one-third of my life. (I’m 57. You do the math and see what you think!) Regardless of how long I live, I’m certainly on my way. And it has me thinking about the kind of old man I want to be.

Having known my share of grumpy, contrary and ornery old rascals, I can say with some assurance that their path doesn’t look appealing. In their wake lies a slew of hurt feelings, broken relationships and angry interactions. They don’t like other people. They don’t even like themselves. Their countenance screams, “Get off my lawn!” Unappealing indeed.

On the other hand, I’ve seen some of the sweetest, kindest and most pleasant older men imaginable. I like the looks of their path. They seem to be having a great time despite the difficulties that come with old age. They laugh a lot, have plenty of friends and inspire others. Their countenance beckons, “What can I do for you?”
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Teachers Who Connect

Years ago, I was the guest preacher at a small church in another state. Wanting to set a good example, I decided to attend the only adult small group bible study class they had on that Sunday morning. (It was called Sunday School then, but you might call yours a Life group or some other name.) What an eye-opening experience it was for me!

The class was just beginning as I popped in. No one greeted me in any meaningful way. (They didn’t yet know I was the guest preacher!) The teacher did ask my name, though she didn’t bother to find out anything else about me. Class started with the teacher complaining about how similar the lesson was to the lessons from previous weeks. She seemed bored by the subject and disinterested in her class members. With as little enthusiasm as a teenage boy forced to clean his room on a Saturday morning, she taught our class that day.

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Why I’m Scared to Share My Faith

Though I have shared the gospel message many times, I can still be afraid to share my faith with others. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in that fear. I’ve heard many others express that same anxiety. Here are some reasons we might be afraid to share our faith and what to do Continue reading

When Someone Is Missing at Christmas

Timely word from my sweet wife!

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We’ve all been there.  Holidays that are meant to be joyful family reunions, but are not quite complete because someone is missing.

Maybe that someone is you.  Or a loved one who couldn’t make it home–or one who has found an eternal home.

It’s a mixed bag of emotions.  Wonderful and horrible at the same time. (Again.)  We are excited to see so many of our dear ones, only to be vividly reminded of the ones that aren’t here…

What then, are we to do?

Do we try not to think about it and put our best face forward?  For those of us that have lost loved ones, or for all of the sweet mothers out there longing for their family to be back in the nest, this idea would be nigh to impossible.

So we choose to embrace it.

We have lost loved ones, celebrated Christmas away from…

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The Not-So-Useful Tool On Social Media

Good thoughts from my sweet wife!

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I love tools. I even have some that I call my own. The right tool can make any job much easier.

But using social media to promote criticism, negativity or judgement serves a different purpose.

I love how we can use social media to reach across the oceans and share life with believers and non-believers. The stats that show the reach of my blog excite me more than any of the other numbers:

(I blocked out the numbers on the United States because my point is not to show how many people have viewed my blog, but just how far it can reach!)

This is not just a physical chasm between the nations. It’s a spiritual one.  Even amongst believers. I’m always saddened when those who claim to know Christ choose to use this resource to criticize or judge. Using a tool in a detrimental way always does…

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When Your Well Runs Dry

Good thoughts from my sweet wife!

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No, really.  We have a well.  And it’s dry.

Again.

This has been a particularly dry year for us and while having a well seems almost… romantic.

Almost.

I can assure you that running out of water doesn’t come close to making the “Top Ten Ways to Romance Your Wife”.

Wishing my husband would “woo” me with water was never something I considered…

Until now.

Before you think this is a rant, I just want to say that if you’ve never had your water shut off for an extended period of time, you should.

It teaches you a few things:

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