Aug 23, 2006

FACING THE GIANTS—A Church Thinks Outside the Sanctuary

On September 29 a feature-length film called Facing the Giants will open in 86 markets and 400 theaters across the United States. And the members of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, will still be amazed that they made the movie. They expected Facing the Giants to go straight to...Read more +
Aug 21, 2006

Because I'm Good at It

Golfing legend Gary Player famously said, "The more I practice, the luckier I get." Excellence has everything to do with the blessing of God, or what others might call "luck." Excellence also has much to do with hard work. Medical doctors join a "practice," and artists specialize in a particular...Read more +
Aug 14, 2006

The Possibilities of Daily Influence

Every person has influence: fathers and moms influence their kids; managers influence their employees; church leaders influence their members. The danger is when we mistake influence for power. True, people in authority can often force compliance. But that is coercion, not influence. Influence is a gentler undertaking. Cynics who call...Read more +
Jul 11, 2006

Patient Living

Patience is not a natural virtue for modern men and women—not on the freeway, in line, or in the workplace. Why ever wait on others or delay our own plans? Earlier this week, I drove behind a car that missed several opportunities to turn left. I could only think about...Read more +
Jul 4, 2006

Life Doesn't Card You at the Door

When Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence, he was only 33 years old. When Benjamin Franklin wrote Poor Richard's Almanac , he was 26. At age 18, Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein . Isaac Newton was 25 when he formulated the law of gravity. But wait. Emanuel Kant wrote...Read more +
Jun 6, 2006

A Father . . . With Interest

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4 (NIV) Two photographic images have stuck in my mind for years, though I do not know whether they are actually photographs or real-life scenes I witnessed somewhere. In one, a...Read more +
May 7, 2006

The Scattered Church

Your church is in the hearts of the people who gather to worship there and then are scattered to live their lives. So your church is in your homes. Your church is in your shops and businesses and schools and in your doctors' offices and in your hospitals. On your...Read more +
Mar 28, 2006

Of Freedom and Duty

Does it seem odd to you that one of the strongest freedom sentences in the New Testament also becomes one of the strongest obligation sentences? St. Paul put it this way: “Owe no one anything, except love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” The...Read more +
Mar 13, 2006

The Hands of God Are in Your Lap

For much of my life, I thought saints and mystics were the only people really concerned about spiritual matters. I thought their monastic life was necessary for the in-flooding of God’s Spirit. As I got older, I discovered that the Presence of God is not limited to times of meditation...Read more +
Feb 14, 2006

Love in Action

by Howard Butt, Jr.
It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, . . . John 13:1 (NIV) Clear vision, love, authority, and submission combine to form the...Read more +