Archive for May, 2008

A presidential candidate is announced

May 30, 2008

Marv Knox is reporting Stephen Hatfield, pastor of FBC Lewisville, will be nominated for the BGCT presidency. Here’s the story:

Missions Photo Contest

May 28, 2008

We’re hosting a Missions Photo Contest and the winners will be announced at the BGCT Annual Meeting in November. Cash awards or grants will go to the winners to help support ongoing mission endeavors through their church or institution. For contest details and how you can submit photos, go to and click the photo contest image on the right side of the page.

Happy photo taking!

If you’re not podcasting your sermons, you should probably get on that

May 27, 2008

A new study indicates Christians are on par with the rest of the country in terms of being plugged in digitally. But they’re more interested in downloading podcasts than non-Christians.

Barna has the details here. In short, I hope you’ve figured out how to record and post your sermons online. You’re congregation would like it if you did. 

Words can’t say enough …

May 27, 2008

Here’s a post not for the weak stomached. Gut-wrenching stuff from a Baylor team in Rwanda —

Sometimes tears simply fall. No other reaction would be appropriate.

DBU makes division I baseball playoffs for first time

May 27, 2008

Congratulations DBU! From the DBU site:

The Patriots Baseball Team has been selected to play in the NCAA Division I National Tournament for the first time in school history. DBU, who has exceeded all expectations during the 2008 season under the guidance of first year Head Coach Dan Heefner, finished their regular season 37-17 and 29 in the National RPI rankings.

Head Coach Dan Heefner said, “To earn an at-large bid to an NCAA Regional is an incredible achievement for the DBU baseball program.”

DBU, who has a long tradition of successful baseball, with 30 straight winning seasons, is only in their third year of NCAA Division I competition. The Patriots had to play one of the toughest schedules in the nation during 2008 in order to have a chance at receiving an at large bid, since they are an NCAA Division I Independent Team. DBU is also the first Independent team other than Miami to make a NCAA Regional since 1992. Read more …


Preaching by the numbers, part 2

May 27, 2008

Continuing with the study on preaching published in Your Church magazine, here are some more stats on preaching.

34 percentof those who participated in the survey agreed “Each year there are times I preach on a Bible text or topic that I know will likely cause some people to stop attending.” 39 percent disagreed with the statement.

87 percent of survey-takers agreed “In my sermons, I do not hesitate to use words that others may find offensive, such as sin, obedience, rebellion, disobedience, holiness, judgment and wrath.”

50 percent agreed “Over time, there is a strong relationship between the topics and the Scripture texts preached on Sundays and the number of people who attend. 33 percent were “neutral.”

Baptist Standard revamps site

May 24, 2008

The Baptist Standard launched a revamped site on Friday. Check it out at It also looks like Marv Knox is going to dive into the blogosphere.

What do you think about the site? What do you think of the approach they are taking?

Stories of hope

May 23, 2008

With the launch of Texas Hope 2010, we thought we’d share some simple vidoe stories of hope on the BGCT home page. They’ll vary quite a bit from a Christian describing what Christ has done for them to someone describing what hope is to an example of a church praying, caring or sharing. We hope you enjoy them. More, we hope they inspire you.

Here’s the first one we posted last week. Meet Eddie Jacobs.

Oprah and Jesus

May 23, 2008

I think it’s important to know what people are talking about, particularly when the conversation crosses over into the religious realm. In recent weeks, Oprah has come under fire for the religious beliefs she has expressed.

A video on YouTube, which criticizes Oprah for pushing “New Age” beliefs, has been viewed more than 6 million times. This video where Oprah denies Christ is the only way to salvation has been viewed more than 1 million times.

Frankly, the first video contains some political overtones that each person can make decisions on. But Scripture is clear that there is one way to salvation — Jesus Christ.

I don’t want to bag on Oprah. I don’t watch Oprah enough to know what she stands for. I know she does a lot of nice things for people. And has a show I find really boring.

I do think people are talking about this issue as Oprah is one of the most influential people in this country. It’s important that people within the church know people are talking about this so they can respond appropriately.

It’s not often I pull something from my church, but my pastor preached on this last Sunday. And he did a great job. To check out the sermon, click here and check out the “It’s All Good” sermon. 

Steven Curtis Chapman’s daughter dies in car accident

May 23, 2008

Wednesday, the 5-year-old daughter of singer Steven Curtis Chapman died in a car accident. Tragic.