There’s plenty not to like about smartphones in church. Most every preacher has experienced a jarring ringtone at an inopportune moment in a sermon. My favorite was the time AC/DC’s Back in Black blared as I was making a point on hell. Too bad the lyrics forget the hearse ‘cause I never die didn’t quite fit the theology I was preaching. Smartphones can both interrupt and distract. Of course, the same could be said of windows (not the operating system). In Acts 20, a sleepy Eutychus Read more [...]



The beauty of our faith is found in the glory of Jesus. Christ’s promise of a future beauty is superior to the world’s present beauty. The beauty of salvation only comes through the ugliness of the cross.


  Three notable articles I read this week: Trevin Wax – 4 cultural trends leading to the decline of religious liberty. “Religious liberty, America’s ‘first freedom,’ has fallen on hard times lately. . . What’s going on? What are the cultural trends leading to diminished religious liberty?” Jay Sanders – Three reasons rural churches matter more than you may think. “Many people see small, rural churches like the minor leagues: they are a great place for pastors to be trained Read more [...]
  This Sunday my church, West Bradenton Baptist, adopted a new constitution, covenant, and bylaws. Throughout the process of writing the document, our leadership teams researched several different examples of covenants. There were some good ones, but many covenants do not directly address expectations of church members and expectations of pastors. If your church is looking for an example of a church covenant, then feel free to use ours as a starting point.   Covenant Throughout Read more [...]



Loving the world like Christ means you will be controversial. Hypersensitivity is childish. Christians are to be childlike. Avoiding hardship is not strength.