Abstinence is Not Enough, Or Why a Prohibition Culture is Not Ready for the Opioid Crisis

I have been a Southern Baptist for my entire life. And, for as long as I can remember, I have been taught to abstain from alcoholic beverages. Of the many Bible verses that I heard while growing up, Ephesians 5:18 was a constant. “Do not be drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.” To this, every Bible-believing Christians can and should say, “Yes, and amen.” The problem, however, is not with the prohibition to…

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Is the Church Failing Those Impacted by Divorce?

The Study In a recent Washington Post article, entitled, “How Decades of Divorce Helped Erode Religion,” Julie Zauzmer discusses a new study from the Public Religion Research Institute, which addresses the growing exodus of Americans from organized religion. In the study, multiple causes for the religious exodus are considered, but Zauzmer picks up on the relationship between divorce and religious disaffiliation. Zauzmer writes, “People whose parents divorced when they were children are significantly more likely to grow up not to…

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Aching for Heaven

Today marks the three year anniversary of my nephew’s death in a car wreck just a few miles from his home. On the first anniversary of this tragedy, I remarked that hearts were still heavy, the pain of loss was still real, and that the nagging feeling of “something missing” had not subsided. While all three of these sentiments are still a reality, I believe it is the third, the feeling of “something missing,” that I encounter most frequently. Whether it is Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve,…

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Brothers, Renewal Takes Time…

George Whitefield once said, “The renewal of our natures is a work of great importance. It is not to be done in a day. We have not only a new house to build up, but an old one to pull down.” Most likely, yesterday was a day full of ministry and new faces. Hopefully, it was a day of encouragement for you and your people. However, if it was not, and you find yourself downtrodden and discouraged this Monday, then…

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Identity Thief Targeting Ministers

I have often joked about how sad it would be for an identity thief to steal my identity. It would be sad not because I would lose so much, but because, after all their effort, there wouldn’t be a whole lot to show for it. Stealing the identity of a husband/pastor/student with four small, ever-hungry, ever-growing children might actually evoke sympathy from a thief. But joking aside, I have come to realize that my identity is often targeted as a…

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