Preaching and Teaching James: A Collaborative Effort
Jan15

Preaching and Teaching James: A Collaborative Effort

Last summer I was talking with fellow pastor Ken Simpson when he suggested that we should preach through a book concurrently in our respective churches. Simpson pastors a congregation near mine, so we discuss Scripture, ministry, and life on a regular basis. After some prayer and further discussion, we agreed to begin a series on James at the end of the summer when members are settled back in town after summer travel. Brother Simpson...

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Evangelical Cultural Engagement: Shifting Grammars
Nov20

Evangelical Cultural Engagement: Shifting Grammars

Sometimes we get a feeling in our gut that is more than indigestion. The source of my scholarly discontent has often been related to language. Specifically, I have been concerned with the ways in which some Christians speak about the believer’s role in the world. This question typically falls under the auspices of a field we might call “theology and culture.” It’s somewhat unhelpful to use this phrase as it is broad enough to include...

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The Ministry and Legacy of Ralph and Margaret Hampton
Sep11

The Ministry and Legacy of Ralph and Margaret Hampton

Many names fill the pages of Welch College history. The 75th anniversary of the college’s founding gives occasion to consider some of those names, including ones that are sometimes overlooked. Though Ralph and Margaret Hampton aren’t as well known to a rising generation of Free Will Baptists, their dependability, versatility, and longevity in the service of our movement and denominational college constitute a story that should be...

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Principled and Pragmatic (Part II/II)
Jul24

Principled and Pragmatic (Part II/II)

This essay is the second part of a two-part essay which first posted last Monday on the Forum. Part one can be viewed here. Principled and Pragmatic? There are certainly limitations in envisioning these two errors as extremes on a spectrum. It can give the impression that there is a solution for all ministry questions that balances perfectly on the spectrum between biblical principles and practical concerns. I don’t think this is the...

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Principled and Pragmatic (Part I/II)
Jul17

Principled and Pragmatic (Part I/II)

“Did you know that conversion rates for companies using custom visual content are 7 times higher than companies that do not?” I could hardly believe my eyes when I first read these words. They were in the subject line of a message sent to our church email account. I was relieved when, upon closer inspection, I saw that it was not from a parachurch ministry, and the “conversion” to which it referred was not of the spiritual sort....

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