Why Baptists Must Reset, Refocus, and Repent

Back in 1845 a group of Christ followers formed the Southern Baptist Convention. The reason they took the action was “for the purpose of eliciting, combining and directing the energies of the Baptist denomination of Christians for the propagation of the Gospel.” Simply put, the reason the SBC was formed was for cooperation in getting the Gospel out! Evangelism and missions is what we are about.Like local churches, we tend to drift away from evangelism toward many other good commitments and causes. However, our main cause is the Gospel.I have concern for the denomination I love. We are not reaching Read more →

America at a Reset

 I was asked numerous times this week how I feel about the election results. Each time I responded with one word.Hopeful.Then I would be asked if I voted for Donald Trump, and if so, why.Yes, I voted for President-elect Trump for these reasons that give me hope from a political view:1. Supreme Court nominations2. Religious liberty3. The abortion issue4. The economy5. Protection of IsraelThe next seventy days are critical. An outsider who has never been an elected official must put together a leadership team and begin to function in a deeply divided national political environment. Americans who pray must intercede Read more →

Why the Rule of Law Must Prevail

Against the backdrop of a controversial killing of a black man in St. Louis and seething rage across the United States, a young lawyer stood before a small group of men and delivered a speech that would make him famous.“If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time. Or die by suicide.”These were the words and actions of Abraham Lincoln in 1838. Francis McIntosh was the black man who had been chained to a tree and burned to death by a white mob. The Civil Read more →

United in Prayer is Sunday Night

This Sunday marks the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11 terror attack. After that unforgettable day, churches were soon filled with people praying. Fear gripped the nation. And now, it is evident our churches and the American people have become dull. It is time for a spiritual awakening.This Sunday at 6pm at the Pensacola Bay Center, Olive Baptist and Pace Assembly are co-hosting United in Prayer. Many other churches have joined us in the effort. The music will be spectacular. The event will be Bible driven. Local leaders will give brief exhortations and lead us into prayer. Our theme is Read more →

Even When We’re Not Prepared God Is At Work

In September 2004, Hurricane Ivan rolled into the Gulf Coast. There was catastrophic wind and water damage. Many people lost homes and possessions. People from across America came to help us. Olive became a staging place for much of the relief work.Out of this storm the Ministry Village at Olive was born. I had no idea what to do. But the one thing I was sure of, God spoke to me. I heard the voice of God tell me we needed to do this work on a continual basis. So we took our first steps. So many people joined in Read more →