What’s the Real Problem in Your Marriage?

  My wife, Angela, and I have the great privilege to speak at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways. Many of the couples who come to these events have healthy marriages and are just attending for encouragement or a tune-up. But we’ve also observed another trend: At each getaway, we have noticed that there are always people who don’t want to be there. In this … Continue reading What’s the Real Problem in Your Marriage?

7 Lessons We Learned From Cancer

Almost ten years ago, we experienced one of the greatest joys of our life in the birth of our first child, Turner. Five weeks later we experienced one of the greatest lows of our life in the words “It’s cancer.” A softball size tumor was discovered in Angela’s colon that, according to the doctor, was just weeks away from spreading. Today is a special day … Continue reading 7 Lessons We Learned From Cancer

What Was Luther’s ‘Breakthrough’?

On October 31 we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The day Martin Luther made his 95 theses public. In the coming weeks churches will preach the solas, historians will argue over over whether he actually nailed the 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg Castle and my friends in Italy (where we lived for five years) will likely wonder what the big … Continue reading What Was Luther’s ‘Breakthrough’?

A Plea For The Parachurch

I recently heard a well known pastor talking about how we need to do away with the parachurch. He was specifically talking about the need to replace the campus ministries at his local university with an in-house church ministry reaching students. His reasoning? This kind of organized outreach is the responsibility of the local church. It struck me as odd, though, that at the same … Continue reading A Plea For The Parachurch

A Primer On Calvinism In The Southern Baptist Convention

If you ask 10 people in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) to define Calvinism, you may well get 11 answers. That’s a problem. Before I go any further, I’ll put my cards on the table. I am a Calvinist and a pastor of a church in friendly cooperation with the SBC. I have been accused of believing all babies go to hell, believing God predestines … Continue reading A Primer On Calvinism In The Southern Baptist Convention