I had the pleasure Tuesday of interviewing Pastor Billy Benson at Garland Road Baptist Church in Enid, Oklahoma. My favorite part of these clergy interviews is hearing how they discerned their call to ministry, and the path toward surrendering to that call. Benson was called as a teen, during an altar call at Falls Creek, … Continue reading Answering the call: How can we say ‘Yes’ to God today?
Follow the peace that conquers this world Thursday marked the 36th annual World Peace Day, a day dedicated to promoting peace among young people worldwide. World Peace Day was somewhat offset by the president’s speech to the U.N. on Tuesday, in which he threatened to “totally destroy North Korea,” and the redoubled efforts of North … Continue reading The path of peace
ENID, Okla. — More than half a century after Martin Luther King, Jr. called 11 a.m. on Sunday the most segregated hour in America, eighty percent of the nation’s congregations still are made up of predominantly one race. That statistic is slowly shifting toward more diverse congregations — in 2012 all-white congregations made … Continue reading The most segregated hour
Much attention has been given this week to the Nashville Statement, a manifesto on sexuality published Tuesday by the evangelical Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW). I disagree with the CBMW statement. I affirm that all human beings, regardless of sexual orientation, are made in the image of God, all are loved by God, all … Continue reading Poisoning the Body of Christ: The Nashville Statement
John 14:25-26 NRSV “I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.” Have you ever read the Gospels and wondered what it would have … Continue reading Oh, to walk with Christ
Does Christian commentary on social media look or feel like the life and teachings of Jesus Christ? If the comments section of your favorite social media platform was all you knew of Christianity, would you choose to be called Christian? I explore these topics in my latest column: Life is a series of choices. One … Continue reading Look like Christ?