Category Archives: Christian Life

The Deep

by Kirk Spencer I was multi-tasking in my backyarddigging and listening to the radio and thinking about my Bible study. I was thinking about the darkness on the deep and the Spirit of God there hovering; about how the ancients feared the deep (the ocean). The deep came to represent danger and chaos and absurdity in life; like the chaos I was listening to on the radio, bad news all … Continue reading

Discipleship, Tradition, Community, and Virtue

by Barry Creamer Those who are committed to following Jesus learn over time that one of the most important aspects to their obedience to Him is helping others become better followers. In terms of the New Testament, it is as simple as the phrase, teaching them to observe all the things Ive commanded you in the Great Commission, or recognizing the prescriptive nature of Pauls direction to Timothy: the things … Continue reading

Pitfalls of Spiritual Maturity

by Joshua Crutchfield One of the great thrills of newborns is watching them grow. But I do not just mean in size, chubby cheeks, or diapers. I mean, it is exciting to see your child grow cognitively, learning that things can exist though they are hidden (e.g. peek-a-boo), making sounds with their mouth just so they can hear themselves coo and ah. But what is especially entertaining is when the … Continue reading

The Desolation of Cultural Smog

by Kirk Spencer I recently heard a preaching talkingabout how Christians must breathe the cultural smog. It is true that the mass media has created a smutty atmosphere as of late, however, for some reason, the metaphor made me think of the fire-breathing dragon in the movie The Desolation of Smaug. His heart (or belly) glows with fire before it spews forth from his mouth. And this imagery made me … Continue reading

Spiritual Cardiology

by Joshua Crutchfield I believe that my wife and I have such a unique story that even Nicholas Sparks would want to buy the rights for his next best seller. You see, we have been close friends for nearly sixteen years. We served together in our youth group, of which her father was the youth pastor. We performed skits together. We were in the praise band together. We also dated. … Continue reading

Ownership, Welfare, and Christian Response

by Winston Hottman The concept of private property comes natural to most children. After mama and dada one of the first words we learn to wield is mine (or to be more precise, Mine!!). The sense of ownership develops rather easily. Sharing, on the other hand, is more difficult to learn. Parents typically begin teaching us how to share by going the authoritarian route, i.e. involuntary sharing. The procedure involves … Continue reading

Are Baptists Still Relevant?

by Brandon Smith Over at the Baptist Press, Jimmy Draper (serving as Interim President of Criswell College)shares eight reasons whySouthern Baptists are relevantin the 21st century. Heres a snippet: It does us no good and actually does us harm to dwell on our size, numerical goals and our heritage. We cant live in the past. Our heritage is only as meaningful as its most recent application, meaning that all we … Continue reading

Alpha Dogs and Dumbbells

by Kirk Spencer Dumbbells At my gym, there is a long racks of dumbbells; all sizes of dumbbells, from tiny ones, that barely fit into your hand at one end to Godzilla size at the other end. One day, when no one was around, I went to the Godzilla end of the rack and grabbed the largest dumbbell in the room (the largest dumbbell I had ever seen). It was … Continue reading

Five Benefits of Celebrating Others’ Successes

By David Henderson *This piece originally appeared at Dr. Hendersons blog, Purpose Beyond Pain. Recently, I did a post on the seven people waiting when you fall (The Vulture, Vampire, Voyeur, Freak, Fixer, Father, and Friend). If you missed it, you can check it out byclicking hereor you can tune in tonight at 6:30pm or 10:30pm to 90.9 KCBI and hear some of my thoughts on the subject. Once the … Continue reading

Not Just For Show

by Kirk Spencer One of my favorite actors just died. Cant say that I liked any of the characters he played, but I liked his skill at playing them. For you see, he was especially good at playing bad guysthe kinds you love to hate. I especially remember a particular preacher he played. This Man of God had beautiful golden curly hair (of which he was perversely proud) along with … Continue reading