Next Generation

Three Churches, One Body

For the first time ever, First Baptist Church Piney Grove, Mount Bethel Baptist Church and New Mount Olive Baptist Church gathered together on April 25th in Fort Lauderdale for joint worship and teaching around common subject matter in an effort to build the kingdom of God. “It was our objective to promote solidarity as churches,” said Bishop C. E. Glover, of Mount Bethel Baptist Church. “We are not in competition, but rather see our roles as complementing and helping each other.” The event was birthed out of a gesture of hospitality. “Dr. Hughes and I both came into town at […]

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Over Spiritualizing Every Conversation is “Juking” Others

I first came across the word “juking” several years ago when my college-aged daughter brought it to my attention. On a visit home she explained the meaning of this interesting term. I was floored when she defined it as Christians “over spiritualizing” every conversation. In fact, juking is just that, somehow turning every piece of communication into a spiritual principle, direction or cliche. When she expounded on the subject further, I realized I myself had been guilty of juking. After all, that was the Christian culture; everybody juked. It was expected, especially from those in leadership. Adding a fitting spiritual platitude […]

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Are Legalism And Lawlessness Opposites?

“Legalism in the church was a huge problem 7-10 years ago, but I honestly feel that the pendulum has swung in the other extreme full force, to a fault on the other side. Legalism and moralism is not the problem today; licentiousness is.” “It’s a mistake to say that every person needs to be rescued from legalism. I didn’t grow up in a legalistic church culture. I grew up in a liberal church culture where anything and everything was permitted. I didn’t need to be saved from legalism. I needed to be saved from lawlessness.” These are a couple of […]

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Artists in Church: An Untapped Resource

Let’s face it. The creative response to creation that we call art doesn’t play a prominent role in the church. As pastors and Christian leaders, we’re just not quite sure what to make of it. But taking art and the artist seriously can be more than organizing art museum visits, hanging paintings in the sanctuary, hosting an artist in residence or talking about beauty. Through my twenty-year career as an art historian, museum curator and art critic, I am convinced that the artist is an untapped resource. One of the most important needs of the artist is in the conversation […]

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The Call to Mentor Others

Most of us can think of someone who served as a formal or informal mentor in our lives. Some examples include parents, coaches, teachers, Bible study teachers, colleagues, supervisors or neighbors. While you may not even know where your mentor lives anymore, his or her legacy likely still lives on within you. God calls us to serve one another as mentors and provides us numerous stories, proverbs, and admonishments to help us understand how to do it well. If you are willing to step up to the plate, here are a few items you will to take with you on […]

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Praising Allah at the National Cathedral

Recently, I had the privilege to visit the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Someone asked me, “What were you doing there?” My response: “Worshiping Jesus Christ.” Before and after the beautiful service, it was a delight to walk around and see what’s there such as the stone sarcophagus of Woodrow Wilson, with just his name and the years of his birth and death. He died in 1924. The cathedral was built in 1907. This was the only presidential grave I saw there in my abridged, unofficial tour. The National Cathedral is part of the Episcopal Church. It is not officially […]

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Zombies Are Real

Why zombies? Why the mass obsession? The idea of a mindless, reanimated corpse with a hunger for human flesh doesn’t sound like the stuff of romance novels; yet, there is something about zombies with which many people identify. Zombies are people or animals that have no will of their own and are controlled by another force. Oh, and of course, zombies are dead. Many people feel like zombies, manipulated, addicted, codependent, or simply numb to the world, having been hurt so many times. Spiritually dead The Apostle Paul wrote “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which […]

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Halloween: Innocent Family Fun or Celebration of Occult Holiday?

If you’re like me, this is the time of year in which you are faced with the “haunting” task of deciding what to do with your children on October 31. The “trick” is to make some “monstrous” decisions as to whether or not you will “treat” your children to the newest and most talked about costumes at Wal-Mart, choose the right candy that the neighborhood kids will praise for weeks after it’s over and determine which party you will let your teenager attend. But have you ever really stopped to think about what this night is really about? Where did […]

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Choosing A Christian or Secular College

Research shows that students gain as much from their interactions outside the classroom as they do from their interactions inside the classroom. As a result, the decision whether to attend a Christian or secular college is an important one. While there exists a continuum on which both Christian or secular college falls upon, below are some basic differences in their perspectives and approaches. Christian universities The purpose of Christian education is to equip students to serve God and spread the Gospel. For the most part, students have grown up in a Christian home and are committed to living out Christian […]

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What is a Classical Christian education?

A Classical Christian education is an approach to schooling in which the curriculum is built upon the pillars of the Bible and the great works of literature that helped form Western thought and civilization. The label “Christian” is easily understood as the Bible along with related writings and teachings from a Judeo-Christian worldview, which play prominent roles in such curricula. “Classical” refers to Greece’s Classical age – the period of time pointed to by many scholars that birthed our formal understanding of education and philosophy. Historical overview As Europe slowly emerged from the devastating effects of perpetual warfare and the […]

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