Sunday, August 5, will mark the 25th anniversary of my becoming the Senior Pastor of Chisholm Baptist Church. On August 3, 1993, Nancy and I (along with our two oldest boys, the two youngest had not been born) left our home outside of Poplar, WI, followed a big U-Haul van, and headed north for the … [Read more...] about Reflections on Twenty-Five Years
“I have written my letters as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.” 2 Peter 3:1 We know from this simple statement that Peter was all about stimulating wholesome thinking. It is some of the best evidence in the Bible that Peter certainly was actively participating in coffee culture. … [Read more...] about The Stimulus of the Soul
In recent years, groups like the Freedom from Religion Foundation have enjoyed significant success in efforts to remove what they consider to be “religious displays” from public buildings in our country. However, in certain parts of Europe, the winds are blowing in the opposite direction. One … [Read more...] about The Most Powerful Symbol
There is story about a Jewish rabbi in nineteenth century Russia who crossed a village square every morning on his way to the synagogue to pray. One morning, a large Russian soldier, who happened to be in a vile mood, accosted him, saying, “Hey, rabbi, where are you going?” The rabbi simply said, “I … [Read more...] about We Don’t Know What Will Happen
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4 Living a life of humility is one of the most difficult things … [Read more...] about Allowing Humility to Rule
In the spring of 1879, Lieutenant George De Long and his crew set out on the USS Jeannette in hopes of claiming the North Pole for the United States. No one had ever been to the North Pole before, but many of the leading geographers and scientists at that time believed the top of the world was … [Read more...] about Not All Maps Can Be Trusted
Have you ever had a passion for missions? I mean a real desire to be a part of what God is doing to draw more worshipers to Himself from groups of people that do not currently have a witnessing church? Some of us are called to go, and we must study, prepare, raise needed funds, pack up, and get on a … [Read more...] about Missions: How Can We Help?
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, says my soul, therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:22-24 ESV The above verses are written by the prophet Jeremiah. He was … [Read more...] about Hope in the Midst of Suffering