Are We In Customer Service?

Are We In Customer Service?

At one point in my ministry, I ate almost every day at McDonald’s for lunch. It was close to the office, and it was cheap! Because I ate there so often, I knew many of the people who worked there and would often greet them by name. I also knew a lot of the other regular customers, so conversations were easy to start and enjoyable to engage in. Being a naturally friendly person, and always on the lookout for opportunities to share my faith, each day I would speak to many of the people I encountered at McDonald’s, both those I knew and those I didn’t.

When Jesus Doesn't Cure Your Mental Illness

When Jesus Doesn't Cure Your Mental Illness

When I became a believer in Christ, I automatically thought my life would get better, that all my problems would go away because Jesus died on the cross for me. Don’t get me wrong, things changed. In fact, I became radically different. But since knowing Jesus, I have still struggled through depression and anxiety.

While wrestling through the whys, I spent a lot of time asking God if I was really a believer because there were days where I could not get out of bed, days that I was lying face-down on the floor battling anxiety, and days where I thought it would be easier to end my life. 

Drs. Paul & Rebekah Kim Honored for Service by Phil Waldrep Ministries

Drs. Paul & Rebekah Kim Honored for Service by Phil Waldrep Ministries

Drs. Paul and Rebekah Kim of Cambridge, Mass., received the Aubrey and Peggy Jones Award at the 2019 Phil Waldrep Ministries Pastor’s Encouragement Retreat in Groton, Conn. Dr. Paul Kim is the Southern Baptist Convention’s Asian American Relations Consultant for Convention Advancement. His wife, Dr. Rebekah Kim, is the Southern Baptist chaplain at Harvard University.

Drop Your Weapons

Drop Your Weapons

Has God ever ambushed you?

I recently attended a conference session about the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11). The speaker did a wonderful job of applying this timeless story by discussing the rocks we all carry around in our pockets, just waiting for the opportune time to lob them at "that one person." And we each knew who "that one person" was for us.

Except I didn't.

Building a Healthy Multicultural Church

Building a Healthy Multicultural Church

The Bible is clear and repetitive in articulating God’s heart for all peoples. The book of Revelation tells us that God calls forth people from every tribe, nation, and tongue to worship Him, making heaven the picture of multicultural beauty. As the visible Church on earth, our focus must always be to try and worship in a manner that most reflects the Promised Land which we will one day call home. Even if a local church finds itself to be in a mono-ethnic location, the call to see multicultural worship is still valid and can still be accomplished by supporting such works in different locations and by sending missionaries to proclaim the Gospel among different people groups.

The Pastor's Wife Is a Cupbearer

The Pastor's Wife Is a Cupbearer

In ancient times, the king or queen was considered the most important figure in the realm. Servants were plentiful, but the most trusted and revered servants were the cupbearers. The cupbearer made sure that no harm would come to the king or queen by tasting all food and drink to ensure it was safe, as well as up to royal standards. If any food or beverage was poisoned, the cupbearer would also be poisoned or killed by the tainted item.

Take Them to Church

Take Them to Church

We sat on her living room floor drinking tea, playing with her two toddlers and catching up on life. Kim, a new wife and mom, had been a college student in our church ten years prior to this reunion at her new home in a different part of the state. She had become a Christian during those college years, and it was wonderful to see her continuing to walk with God as she entered adulthood and faced its many challenges. 

Twelve Life-Changing Weeks in Church

Twelve Life-Changing Weeks in Church

My dad came to faith late in life. In a series of events only a gracious God could engineer, he told me he trusted Christ around lunchtime on a Tuesday before dying of a massive heart attack just three hours later. 

Integral to his salvation was a decision to visit a small Baptist church. He’d visited a couple of others — unsure of what he was looking for in a church — before he came to one he felt was a fit. Honestly, I don’t know the name of that little church. I know my dad wandered into the sanctuary older, overweight, not “dressed for church” and clearly not looking like a faithful Sunday attender.

Safety & Security in the Church

Safety & Security in the Church

The issue of church safety and security continues to be a hot topic inside our churches as well as in the public eye. Churches are being rightfully called out when they put our children and youth at risk, and this problem needs to be addressed more aggressively in our churches.  As local church leaders, we must be committed to making positive and lasting changes to make sure that our churches have prepared environments where our kids will be safe and their families can feel secure.

How Can We Reach the Next Generation?

How Can We Reach the Next Generation?

As the school year launches, schedules are packed, students are anxiously excited and families are adjusting to their new norms.  The question arises, what will become of this next generation?

How can we reach, equip and send this generation of unique individuals, each with exceedingly high expectations of themselves and the organizations they choose to engage with?