Currently there are 60 Hispanic Baptist congregations in Tennessee.  The number of Hispanic churches has tripled since 1995, with the majority of that growth happening in the last decade.  The…

Do You Know Pastor and Mrs. I. M. Hurting? The Scripture tells that our Lord was “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53).  No one understands the…

When I started pastoring my first church in January of 1977, it was “my church field.”  That common phrase has been used to describe a lot of places where churches…

Last spring, the May flood caused the Buffalo River to rise three feet into the Tabernacle that had served Camp Linden/Linden Valley for 60 years, destroying this wonderful and vitally…

The Tennessee Baptist Convention has started the process of strategic planning.  This process will allow us to strengthen the alignment of our structure, systems, strategy and skills to accomplish our…

The Scripture admonishes us to “rejoice with those that rejoice and weep with those that weep” (Romans 12:15). This Christmas season, most everybody will be in one of those two…

I think Lonnie Wilkey did a great job expressing his position and articulating my thoughts on the Belmont situation, so I am posting it here for the sake of clarity:…

It would do us all a whole lot of good to pause in our busy lives and thank God for those who have gone before us.  You know, the trail…

In most of my 34 years in the pastorate, I have created an annual Thanksgiving list.  In my new role as Executive Director-Treasurer of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, I decided…

The 2010 Tennessee Baptist Convention was marked with an incredible spirit of unity.  There was great preaching, wonderful reporting, and major business conducted. With that said, it must be understood…

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