Church Blog (Page 13)

Church Blog (Page 13)

Wow!

Wow!  I’m not sure that I can adequately express the gratitude and honor I feel in response to Faith Baptist Church’s call issued on Sunday, June 28 to me as the Senior Pastor.  I wanted to take this opportunity to say, “Thank you,” to each and every one of you for the confidence you have in me to lead you and this church in the days ahead.  It goes without saying that we…

Don’t Lose Hope

On Friday, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that had been eagerly anticipated by people throughout the nation.  The question being considered by the Court was whether states had the authority to prohibit two people of the same gender from entering into a marriage.  In what many Court watchers and researchers predicted, the decision was 5-4 in favor of striking…

The Pain of Charleston

This past week, all of our hearts were saddened when we heard about the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) in Charleston, South Carolina.  This historically black church has a rich, and tragic, history going back to the early 1800s.  One of its early pastors planned a slave revolt, which was discovered by authorities and resulted in this pastor’s…

Greetings from Salt Lake City!

Greetings from Salt Lake City!  One of the things that always strikes me about this city is how wonderful it looks.  The streets are so clean, the people are generally so pleasant, and yet, there is a spiritual darkness that lays over this city that is almost palpable.  It reminds me of how Jesus described the Pharisees:  whitewashed tombs.  They look nice on the outside,…

Nebraska and the Death Penalty

Last week, the unicameral legislature of the state of Nebraska passed a law, over the governor’s veto, ending the death penalty in that state.  Nebraska is not considered, by any stretch of the imagination, to be a hotbed of liberal activism (the state has voted Republican in every presidential election since 1976 and has two Republican senators), so the decision of the…

Thinking About the Pew Report

Recently, the Pew Research Center released some data regarding the religious affiliations of Americans, a research project they have been conducting for several years now.  In 2007, they had found that 78.4% of Americans self-identified as Christian.  In 2014, that number had dropped to 70.6% – a striking decline in only seven years.  This decline was across all…