Southern Baptist Convention

As the 156th annual convention kicks off in Baltimore, MD this year for America’s largest protestant denomination, here are some interesting facts about The Southern Baptist Convention.  This article is packed with clickable resources to dive deep and see how far the rabbit hole goes. 🙂

9 Things You Should Know About the Southern Baptist Convention

I’m sure there will be some interesting things to discuss as topics are addressed.  Despite the many denominational flaws, I do thank God for the desire to be biblically faithful in our changing times.



Reflection and the Benefits of Writing…

We are all writers.  Even if you don’t realize it, we are.  In emails, texts, school work, reports for your job, in so many ways we all write.  The benefits of a journal are tremendous.  That is partly why I blog.  To be honest, I do for me as much (or more) than I do it for you.  I also use the MacJournal software.  It helps me reflect on my day/week/situation.

But do you reflect?  I don’t do it enough.

While this helps in every area of life, it is particularly useful in your spiritual walk.  To reflect on what God has done in the past gives us perspective for where are currently and where we want to go in the future.

In this Russell Moore video requested by, he discusses the ability to overcome writers block and the benefits of reflection.  Soak in his 2:21 of wisdom.

Louie Giglio Withdraws His Acceptance to Pray at the Presidential Inauguration

giglioPastor Louis Giglio has removed his prior acceptance of the offer of giving the benediction at President Obama’s second inauguration.

Check out his letter of resignation. It has the typo of 2014, not 2013, but clearly states that he and his ministry don’t want to wade into an embattled issue that is not beneficial to the goals of their ministry.

January 10, 2014 [sic]

I am honored to be invited by the President to give the benediction at the upcoming inaugural on January 21. Though the President and I do not agree on every issue, we have fashioned a friendship around common goals and ideals, most notably, ending slavery in all its forms.

Due to a message of mine that has surfaced from 15-20 years ago, it is likely that my participation, and the prayer I would offer, will be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda the focal point of the inauguration. Clearly, speaking on this issue has not been in the range of my priorities in the past fifteen years. Instead, my aim has been to call people to ultimate significance as we make much of Jesus Christ.

Neither I, nor our team, feel it best serves the core message and goals we are seeking to accomplish to be in a fight on an issue not of our choosing, thus I respectfully withdraw my acceptance of the President’s invitation. I will continue to pray regularly for the President, and urge the nation to do so. I will most certainly pray for him on Inauguration Day.

Our nation is deeply divided and hurting, and more than ever need God’s grace and mercy in our time of need.

The media has breathed a sigh of bitter relief it seems. The Washington Post published this blatantly one-sided and opinionated article titled, Louie Giglio out from Inaugural: Good. Before it was official, Instinct Magazine published an article titled, Worse Than Rick Warren? President Obama Gives Inaugural Benediction To Another Anti-Gay Pastor, that quotes from Giglio’s sermon complete with sub-headings to help guide the rage of the Gay community. Apparently it had its desired effect.

Wow. Talk about stirring up a hornet’s nest.

It is to bad that Giglio felt so much pressure that he needed to withdraw from such an honor. I think it is interesting that in his resignation letter we find no hint of backing down on his former stance. He is exactly right in how he calls the nation to prayer for our leaders, even if a segment of our nation has clamored against his selection. I believe Giglio is sincere in his words and should be commended on how he has handled this unfortunate development.

Keep up the good work Louie, keep making much of Jesus Christ through every platform available to you.


Remembering 9/11

Today we remember 9/11. Every generation has an event that changes everything. One of those events that you can remember where you were the moment it happened. For some it is where they were and what they were doing when they heard that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. For others it was the moment when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded on liftoff.

I can read about those events, but I did not experience them. 9/11 I experienced.

I remember the morning. I’m sure these details will stay with me for the remainder of my life. I was a junior in college. I was getting ready for class. One of my roommates, Nathan, had on his TV and all of a sudden gets the room’s attention saying we all needed to see this. Me and 3 guys huddled around his small TV set and watched the televised terrorist attack on the Twin Towers. We saw the second plane come flying in. We skipped class not knowing what was happening elsewhere in the nation. There was a sense of gravity in every moment. The world was changed forever.

That day will never be forgotten. Today we will remember the bravery and the tragedy that took place eleven years ago. My prayers will continue to go out for those people for whom this day is one of the hardest days of the year.

Check out National Geographic’s photo tribute as a memorial of this infamous day.

Living day by day in His grace,  -Adam