Language Provides Lens for Social Analysis

I attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts several years ago, and the professor of my screenplay-writing class took pains to warn me about it ahead of time. Knowing that I was a minister attending the course to study the comparisons...

Measuring Church Growth: Statistics or Spiritual Depth?

When my family lived in Clemson, S.C., our next-door neighbor was an 85-year-old woman who was the epitome of southern gentility. Mrs. Turner had lived in Clemson for most of her life and in the South all of her life. She was old enough to have some personal memories...

What Mickey Mantle Can Teach Us About Discipleship

I have loved baseball all my life. It is a wonderful game with a rhythm of its own. It’s the only major sport where the game is played on its own time, which doesn’t designate a specific length of time, only innings. But more than that, there are so many...