Character AND Competence in Leadership

“With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.” (Ps. 78:72) As I was meditating on Psalm 78 this morning, I was struck by the way Asaph concludes the psalm. Speaking of King David, he writes, “With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.” In this verse, we find character and competence in the great king. He was not simply a “man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22); he was also…

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United and Equal

There are a lot of people in our area that are familiar with the late Sam Cooke’s song, “A Change is Gonna Come.” What many are not familiar with though, is the conflict that provoked the writing of that enduring civil rights anthem. While traveling through the Shreveport area in the fall of 1963, Cooke, his family, and his band attempted to lodge at a “white-only” Holiday Inn. This attempt, as one can sadly imagine during the brutal times of…

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Overcoming the Epidemic of Pornography Addiction

Introduction In his book, The Drug of the New Millennium, Mark Kastleman reports that nearly “50% of all Christian men and 20% of all Christian women are addicted to pornography.”[1] Given the fact that nearly 247 million US citizens claim to be Christian,[2] Kastleman’s claim should come as no surprise since the United States contributed nearly 14 billion dollars to the pornography industry in 2006.[3] To give the reader a perspective, Pastor Mark Driscoll says, “Christians are part of a…

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