Church Reflections and Refocusing Forward

Forward Church Growth: Strategic Systems & Fresh Approaches

  The turning of a new year brought celebrations, resolutions, and new health club memberships!  On a more serious note, for many people and organizations, including churches and their leaders, it was a time for reflection, and then a refocus toward the future.  The turning of a new year provides churches the opportunity to reflect […]

First Take: Behind the Scenes Look into the McRaney’s New Adventure

When Troubles Come from Christian Leaders

A friend recently reminded me “The Christian Life is an adventure or it is nothing at all” (Campus Crusade founder Bill Bright).  Sandy and I are in the midst an adventure with many highs, but it is also not without hurts, betrayals and loss like all the saints through history have experienced.  A. W. Tozer […]

Presidential, Cultural and Church Races: One Race is Most Important

A Call to Rethink, Rewire, and Rebuild the Church in America

Three important races are taking place in the United States: the Presidential race, the cultural race, and the race to see the American church turnaround from decades of declines. The culture is unveiling new challenges almost daily. The Presidential race result is uncertain, but concerns about whoever wins is certain. Left unchanged, the church will […]

Rewiring the American Church

Wisely Facing Current Challenges and Opportunities

The American church is in major decline and it will take some major rewiring and rebuilding, not just tinkering to bring necessary change. It will take courageous leaders who intentionally set a new course and work with others who are on a different course as well. On Oct. 6, those who are engaged in exploring […]

Accusations Against NAMB President Warrant an Investigation

Open Letter to NAMB Trustees June 2016

The matters before you are quite serious as you steward before God and Southern Baptists the high calling and resources of Southern Baptists, both human and financial. Involved are the laws of God, terms of Cooperative Agreements, and governmental laws. In lieu of judgment being rendered by secular courts, your duty before God, Southern Baptists, […]

Going Going Gone, Sold: Essential Elements of SBC Mission Efforts

Major Changes in latest NAMB/State Convention Cooperative Agreements Shift SBC "Ecology"

The terms contained in the new “Cooperative Agreements” and “Cooperative Budgets” are quietly altering the life of the SBC.  “Cooperative Agreements” establish the terms that dictate how NAMB and State Conventions relate as they work together to accomplish our mission.  State Budgets assign how money will flow from State Conventions to NAMB and other SBC […]

Sandy: UNSCRIPTED

Hurts and Helps from the Perspective of a Wife, Mother and Ministry Partner

WOW! The last 10 months have been extremely trying for me and my family. There has been no outlet or opportunity for me to discuss what our separation from the MD/DE convention has relationally and emotionally cost us. So, I have done something I have never done before, and that is to video record a […]

Evangelism is a Loving Act

Dispelling Growing Cultural Challenges to Evangelism

Contrary to popular American culture, to have beliefs and deep convictions about God is not weird, but actually wise. And if you share those beliefs with others, it is not an act of (1) arrogance, (2) aggression, or (3) ignorance. Holding a Biblical view of God and life is wise, and to share that with […]

Dr. Ezell’s Lies and False Statements

In Response to Denials

In response to written denials by Dr. Kevin Ezell through the NAMB Trustee Officers and NAMB attorneys, and to communicate the wide range of troubling matters more clearly in manageable parts, I will address the matter of lies and false statements by Dr. Ezell in this article. His actions demonstrate  failure to honor his word, […]

Troubling Times at NAMB under Dr. Ezell

The mission field complexities and challenges are increasing almost daily in North America. Southern Baptists have a strong historic past, but I am troubled about our current levels of effectiveness and the diminishing mission capacities of Southern Baptists going forward. We are all stakeholders and part owners of the SBC, which includes the North American […]