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Where Are the Answers?

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My family kept them on the top shelf in the dining room.It was also an office, at times a nursery, and where the piano was. I don’t know where we got them from, but I remember them seeing them as a child sitting up on the top shelf, all neatly arranged.Sometimes I would get them down just to flip through and see what I could learn.The encyclopedias were source of knowledge, wisdom, and entertainment for an introverted kid like me.I don’t know if they were a particularly good set, but they were ours.My siblings and I used them for homework sometimes, or just as heavy books to press leaves in.If there was a question that we didn’t know the answer to, we could find it in there.
It’s helpful to know where the answers are.As a child we believe our parents have most of the answers.As we grow up we learn they don’t, and so we begin to look elsewhere.Somewhere along the way my family traded our encyclopedias for a computer.More likely we traded them for an encyclopedia on the computer, (Encar…

A Resolution Concerning Allegiance to the Gospel over Political Party

I submitted this resolution for consideration to the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Dallas.  In this age of divisiveness and clamor it's my desire that the Convention make public that Southern Baptists are not beholden to vote for something just because it has Democrat or Republican attached to it. The SBC needs to pledge it's allegiance to the gospel over political party.


WHEREAS, Scripture declares, “Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Dear friends, I urge you as strangers and exiles to abstain from sinful desires that wage war against the soul.” (I Peter 2:10-11); and WHEREAS, The Baptist Faith and Message says, “All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society.”; and, WHEREAS, Christians live in a world that is not our ultimate home; and WHEREAS, The political system in America has become increasingly divisive…

Communing With God in Everything: Tozer on Prayer

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In 2013 Moody Publishersacquired the works and rights of Wing Spread Publishers. Among the 138 titles they bought the rights to were 58 works by AW Tozer, the former pastor most known for his legendary work “Pursuit of God.”Since that time Moody has been publishing several of these works under new titles and compilations.I recently bought Prayer: Communing with God in Everythinga collection of insights from the sermons, books, and lectures of Tozer.
Compiled by WL Seaver, this book takes short (1-4 pages) excerpts from Tozer on prayer in each chapter.The book is all about prayer, but it is not on cohesive work in the sense a book is normally thought of.Beyond the excerpts, after each chapter there are several pages that dive deeper into what Tozer says, sometimes pushing back a little, sometimes giving nuance, but always probing you to think deeper.This 1-2 page followup is closed out by several questions meant to help you “Reflect and Apply” the teachings.
I don’t know if Tozer ever w…

Leave her alone: My address to the Tishomingo UMC Holy Week Lunch

Each year the Tishomingo United Methodist Church hosts Holy Week Luncheons, and it was my privilege to address them this year. 
Our text for today is John 12:1-11, if you have a bible I invite you to turn there, or swipe there on your phone, whatever the case may be.  Listen as I read our passage.   John 12:1-11 1 Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 So they made Him a supper there, and Martha was serving; but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him. 3 Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was intending to betray Him, said, 5 "Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and given to poor people?" 6 Now he said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because …

Why we shouldn't criticize the youth, by William O Carver

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William O Carver was a SBC pastor and professor of Missions at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1898-1943.  He developed the missions program at SBTS, the first such in the United States.

After 1943 his unfinished memoirs were published, "Out of His Treasure."  Carver tells of a time when as a young teenager he took it upon himself to start a program for the young people of the church in order to facilitate their spiritual growth.

"Without consultation with my elders or our church leaders, I announced that on Sunday evenings I would read the scriptures and sermons to anyone who card to come together.  Soon we were having a goodly number, mostly young people, sharing happily, and let us hope, with some profit in these evening meetings.  Some of the young people were learning to lead in prayer and to share in reading the scriptures and, most of them, in singing.  

This innovation probably from the start was suspect to the elders.  It was not long until I began to…

Pastoral Baggage

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7, 200.That’s a rough calculation for how many sermons the pulpit in my church has seen.Over the last seventy years that accounts for two sermons a week, Sunday morning and night.There’s a been a few closures for weather, but not many.And that doesn’t even count the Wednesday night lessons, and the revival meetings, or the funerals.
No one has been there for all of those sermons, of course, except for the pulpit. Imagine the stories it could tell about the good, bad, and ugly over the years of the church.No one has been there for all of them, but there are few who have been there for a large majority of them!When I step into that pulpit on Sundays I’m reminded that as I stand there, I don’t stand alone.Surrounding the pulpit I stand in on Sundays is all the baggage left from 70 years of church life. Every pastor who has filled that pulpit has left a little piece of himself with the hearers, and aspastor I need to be aware of the baggage that I carry with me in the pulpit.
As members si…

Where are the answers?

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My family kept them on the top shelf in the dining room.It was also an office, at times a nursery, and where the piano was. I don’t know where we got them from, but I remember them seeing them as a child sitting up on the top shelf, all neatly arranged.Sometimes I would get them down just to flip through and see what I could learn.The encyclopedias were source of knowledge, wisdom, and entertainment for an introverted kid like me.I don’t know if they were a particularly good set, but they were ours.My siblings and I used them for homework sometimes, or just as heavy books to press leaves in.If there was a question that we didn’t know the answer to, we could find it in there.
It’s helpful to know where the answers are.As a child we believe our parents have most of the answers.As we grow up we learn they don’t, and so we begin to look elsewhere.Somewhere along the way my family traded our encyclopedias for a computer.More likely we traded them for an encyclopedia on the computer, (Encar…