There are two kinds of people in our town: people who like the smell of church and people who don’t. That is not to say that they are not open to Jesus, but their perception is that the church comes with pews and weird music. So our church’s leadership has been exploring non-traditional types of Christian education by building faith community into other activities that don’t smell like church. Full Story »
Leading a Significant Sunday School is the theme for the 2013 Texas Baptist Educators Retreat on April 15-17 in New Braunfels. Church staff with responsibility for adult or overall education/discipleship ministries will receive practical ideas and experience great fellowship with friends in ministry. Visit the retreat information pages to find out more and to register.
Friends of the BGCT may register for the 2013 Catalyst Dallas conference at a discounted rate through March 7. For more information about the conference, visit catalystdallas.com. Click here to register with the special BGCT discount code.
Just to be clear, the “d-word” is “discipleship.” And it’s controversial at times. Full Story »
As a thirteen year-old sitting in a Sunday evening worship service in 1963 in south Texas, I heard the gospel message for the first time. I was attending with my cousin so that he could sit with a girl and that night I ran down the aisle where the pastor prayed with me and I was baptized the following Sunday evening. At age 62, I can still see the mural of the river Jordan above the baptistery and can still smell the chlorine in the water. Full Story »
For many Christians, faith is reduced to an insurance policy against the fires of hell or a ticket that gets stamped for a trip to heaven. After professing their faith, they may obtain some knowledge of the Bible and God, but radical spiritual transformation is left for the pros. Their goal is to simply to make it into heaven and no more. Does your goal stop just inside of heaven? Full Story »
I have a confession to make, and I hope that none of my old youth teachers, college leaders or even pastors are reading this. I cannot remember any specific study, class or sermon that was taught to me. I am sure that they were good and were well-prepared, but there are none that stand out or that I have kept. Full Story »