Plumb lines are a series of short, pithy statements that we, at the Summit, use as rallying points—both for our staff and for the entire church. They are a way to encapsulate our theology and philosophy in short, memorable phrases. These sixteen statements form the core of our DNA as a church.
Wisdom For Your Weekend: your weekly installment of what we’ve been reading (and watching) around the web. Conference Resource of the Week TGCW16 Conference Media....
Years ago (in 1940, to be exact), Mortimer Adler wrote a classic book with a title that seemed like a joke: How to Read a Book. But the book wasn’t a joke, for the simple reason that most people—most literate people—really don’t know what to do with a book. The wisdom of those magical pages remains forever between those two covers, never fully making its way into the mind and heart of the reader.
Every year, the SBC annual meeting produces a number of "moments" that stick in people's minds. Depending on the tone and content of those moments, it can make you proud to be a Southern Baptist...or, sometimes, feel affirmed in your decision not to be one. This year, for most who attended the convention, the former seems to be the case.
If you’re looking for some summer reading (and you should be), here is my list of books I’ve read in the last 6 months that...
Yesterday the messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention voted for president of the SBC. And then, because it was too close to call, they voted again. That was too close, too. So this morning, we were all prepared to vote a third time. That third vote won’t happen, because the third vote won’t be necessary. I’m withdrawing my name from contention, and pledging my full support to Pastor Steve Gaines.
When God called me to be a pastor, he did so by first calling me to the mission field. I spent the first two years of my ministry as a church planter among Muslims overseas. God never relinquished that call to missions; he showed me that my role in it is to be a part of a church that sends and supplies the mission field in extravagant ways.
One of the big prayers we have at the Summit is that God would raise up our students to help fulfill the Great Commission. We consistently challenge our college students to give one summer and the first two years after graduation to actively engage in the mission of God. This summer, we've seen the floodgates open, as over 100 college students stepped up to give their summer to mission.
In a little over a day, I’ll be headed to St. Louis for this year’s Annual Meeting of the SBC. I always look forward to attending the SBC’s Annual Meeting for a few reasons. It keeps me informed about what’s going on in churches throughout the country. It renews my passion for missions. It gives me a chance to catch up with some old friends—and to make some new ones.
This week, the International Mission Board announced that the 2015 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (the IMB’s primary source of funding) raised $165.8 million. That is the largest total in the offering’s 127-year history, and it’s not even close. The previous record offering was in 2013, with $154 million. For the mathematically impaired, that’s a $11.8 million dollar jump. Wow.