Why We Must Remember

“A civilization without a memory ceases to be civilized. A civilization without history ceases to have identity. Without identity there is no purpose; without purpose civilization will wither.” Michael KammenIt’s Memorial Day weekend. Monday should remind us of some things we dare not forget.America is exceptional and many have paid the highest price for our freedom. There are two words I want to remind us to think about today:FreedomResponsibilityThese two go together. Freedoms we enjoy in America are fantastic but they are not free. We are all responsible. This land is about the people, not the government. WE THE Read more →

What Makes a Baptist Association Work

The first Baptist association of churches in America was formed in Penepek, Pennsylvania in 1707. This group of churches formed to foster fellowship, maintain uniformity in faith and practice, give support and counsel and provide a vehicle for churches to cooperate in a broader ministry. In the years to follow other organizations were formed. They included state and national conventions and missionary societies.While organizations have changed through the years one thing has remained consistent. Baptists who do things together have strength for a greater ministry. Churches remain autonomous bodies. They are made up of autonomous believers. The associations and conventions Read more →

Seven Years and Many Posts Later

Seven years ago today my friend Leah Taylor encouraged me to get a Facebook page. I told her that was crazy and I did not have time to answer silly questions. Well, I took the plunge. It is the world we live in.  So, as I look back on my entry into social media, I have a few thoughts about Facebook, Twitter and all the other places you can connect.1. Have fun! I enjoy the banter with friends and others who know how to smile.2. It is powerful! Social media allows one to connect and move people. Sometimes a movement can begin with a Read more →

Cooperation is Key

On Monday it was my joy to host Dr. Tommy Green, Executive Director of the Florida Baptist Convention, for a lunch meeting with pastors from the Pensacola Bay Baptist Association. Dr. Green shared an encouraging message with us from Jeremiah. Then we spent forty minutes asking questions about the work he has been leading for almost a year in Florida. It was a delightful conversation.The meeting reminded me of how blessed we are as a denomination in this region. While the Baptist work is headquartered in the local church, we do come together cooperatively to do many things.Associations: These are Read more →

Thoughts on Good Friends and Finishing Well

          I met Ron Taylor in 1987. He was on the pulpit committee when I was called as pastor of Orchard Hills Baptist Church in Garland, Texas. I would become his pastor. That stay was less than three years but in that short time frame the Taylor family became my good friends and remain so until today.This week Ron retired as the head master of Heritage Christian Academy. He has been an educator most of his adult life. Only heaven will reveal the influence he has had on countless students. Ron is a teacher, coach, mentor and friend to many. That Read more →