The FutureBaptists Convocation explores compelling visions for the half-century old North American Baptist Fellowship.

Published in Organizations
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 00:00

Play the ball where it lays

Recently I heard the story of a golf course that had quite a unique problem -- a monkey infestation. (I think this course must have been in India!) It created all kinds of issues on the golf course. The golfers would hit the ball and the monkeys would pick up the played ball and toss it.

Published in 2011 Archives
Thursday, 13 November 2008 00:11

SECOND OPINION: On giving

As we are all well aware, we are in the midst of a global economic crisis. The world is facing a financial maelstrom and so too are churches and religious bodies, including all the partners in the Baptist General Association of Virginia family.
Published in 2008 Archives
Thursday, 03 May 2007 00:05

A cry from the depths

Darrell Cook, the BCM director at Virginia Tech, walked me through the campus on the day students returned to classes. Obviously, the students looked dazed as if living in a surreal world starving for normalcy again. You could hear the haunting sadness in each human voice like a groaning from someplace terribly dark. My eyes couldn't penetrate to the awful place where the groans were coming from. But there was no mistake what general direction the voice came from – the voice rose from someplace underneath; from someplace darkly cavernous – underground in the soul, underwater almost – the voice was moaning. It was Psalm 130 all over again, whose words also rose up from that very dark, very low place: “Out of the depths, I cry to you, O Lord.”
Published in 2007 Archives
Monday, 05 July 2010 00:00

OPINION: July 4 & religious freedom

In our nation’s history much has been said about the separation of church and state. Many interpret Jesus’ comment about a coin with Caesar’s head on it as saying: Here is what you owe to the state and here’s what you owe to God; they are distinct, don’t mix them.

Published in 2010 Archives
This is an interesting time in denominational life in North America and even Southern Baptists are feeling the affect of huge changes. And the reccomendations of a task force adopted at the Southern Baptist Convention could have direct implications for Virginia Baptists.
Published in 2010 Archives
Tuesday, 16 November 2010 00:00

OPINION: Freedom and its fruit

What is the single most comprehensive theme of the Scripture? Some would answer it is a book about guilt and forgiveness. For others it is a book about right and wrong. For still others it is a book about love. I want to suggest that above all it is a book about freedom.
Published in 2010 Archives
Friday, 15 July 2011 00:00

KINGDOM VISION: Dreams and missions

Have you ever woken up from a night full of dreams and you just lay there and wonder, “What in the world was that all about, all those crazy dreams?” A lot of dreams mean something that touches the heart because they are truth that comes wrapped up in images and metaphors and memories.

Published in 2011 Archives
Saturday, 30 July 2011 00:00

KINGDOM VISION: Hope and anguish

Leadership lives in two realities. You have to live in the reality of hope and you have to live in the reality of anguish. We have those moments of passion -- of believing and seeing what could be. But that isn’t kept if we aren’t offering something to the world that is hurting.
Published in 2011 Archives
Friday, 12 August 2011 00:00

KINGDOM VISION: The most basic need

One of the most famous quotes by the great American-born writer, Henry James, is “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” I believe that instruction is so important that it is worth repeating over and over and over again.

Published in 2011 Archives
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