September 20, 2018

What’s best for the children: A story about Bob

Somewhere in this world, there is a guy named Bob. Bob is a Christian. Married. Couple of small kids. He’s got the family every church wants. And that is the problem. Every church in town has a children’s program for Bob’s kids. There’s a clown at this church, pizza at that one, a children’s choir […]

What He Believed, He Lived: A Tribute to the Rev. W.O. Spencer

On Sunday morning, January 9th, 2005, my uncle, the Rev. Willie Offutt “W.O.” Spencer came to the end of his earthly journey. He was 88 years old. Married to my Aunt Dot for 67 years, pastor of my home church- Hall Street Baptist- for 25 years, and active in the ministry for over 50 years. […]

Comment Spam-be gone!

I want to thank BHT fellow Phillip Winn for some MT wizardry that once and for all rids me of the plague of comment spam that has decimated this site. The price to pay for peace in the neighborhood is small: you must preview comment posts. Press two buttons instead of one. Let me also […]

To Know We’re Not Alone

It was 1973, a year before my high school graduation. I was sixteen, a young preacher-boy at a revival meeting at a church in our community. I remember the tiny church being packed, but I don’t remember anything about the service, or the sermon or the preacher. I do remember something that happened at the […]

Contemporary Worship and the Walnut Street Epiphany

“Yesterday, in Louisville, at the corner of 4th and Walnut, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all these people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers. It was like waking from a dream of separateness, of […]

What is Heaven?

Heaven: An interesting topic. Basically, I think we look at it entirely backwards, and really, the Matrix + Capon on Genesis have been extremely helpful to my own thoughts. I am not looking forward to going there. I think I am there.

The Lying Guy

Eric Rigney has a blog, which I promise will be worth a stop every so often. I know this fellow who lies. Not a lot, not in big ways, but in the same ways I was frequently guilty of lying as a young man. Exaggeration. Bragging a falsehood. Crossing the line from wishful thinking to […]

What About Christians in the Public Schools?

My friend Steve Mcfarland has written a provocative and impassioned plea from a Christian in the public schools. Steve is asking his fellow Christians to not abandon one part of the culture- the public schools where millions of Christians work, millions of Christian kids attend, and millions of lost, hurting students need our help. A […]

The Pope Needs a Business Meeting

Someone sent me this Rick Warren quote, and it’s buggin’ me. When I write about Rick Warren, I’m usually not taking issue with the content of the guy’s books or the value of his accomplishments. I’m a voice in the wilderness ranting about cookie-cutter-consumeristic idolatry in evangelicalism, so I’ve had my fun with Mr. Warren’s […]

A Serious Lack of Appropriate Social Skills

That’s me. Seriously lacking in social skills. Particularly when it comes to two important things here in my ministry at a Christian school. 1. Welcoming new people. 2. Being gracious to people who decide to leave. In both categories, I get a “D-.” When new folks come to OBI, it takes me weeks to really […]