Mixed messages

Here are some interesting examples of analogies and metaphors found in high school essays, demonstrating the skills of our next generation of writers! ~ The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like mag...

Bravery

During Marine basic training at Parris Island, S.C., the drill instructor threw a pine cone among the recruits and yelled, "Grenade!" The trainees immediately turned away and hit the ground. "Just as I suspect...

Preaching must be gospel-focused

Arturo Azurdia III was the featured speaker in Southeastern Baptist Seminary's recent Adams Lecture Series. Azurdia is associate professor of pastoral theology at Western Seminary in Portland, Ore., and the sen...

Playing It Safe

While sports fishing off the Florida coast, a tourist capsized his boat. He could swim, but his fear of alligators kept him clinging to the overturned craft. Spotting an old beachcomber standing on the shore, t...

9 Ways to Hold On When You Want to Give Up

Ruth Graham wrote a book several years ago entitled In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart (Zondervan). Those who have preached for any length of time know the pain and brokenness that can be found in any congregatio...

Faith, Confidence

A little girl named Mary was in bed one night preparing for lights-outs. Prayers had been said and Mom had hugged her. Perhaps in a effort to put-off sleeptime, Mary asked her mother why God created night-time....

Listen Up!

In an issue of his Ministry Toolbox, Rick Warren advises, “One of the most common causes of frustration and friction in ministry is that we don't really listen to each other. Too often we talk at each other rat...