SBC Embarks on New Era of Intentional Evangelism? – Part 1

Johnny Hunt and Emerging Opportunities

Yesterday’s announcement of a new Senior Vice President of Evangelism and Leadership stirred enthusiasm for many inside the SBC.  Beyond the affirmations of a beloved pastor and gifted preacher in Johnny Hunt, cautious hope abounds that Southern Baptists may be making efforts to regain their zeal and historic commitment to intentional evangelism in both established […]

Bringing the SBC Home (Local)

A Unifying Proposal

In an age of modern connectivity technology, the national SBC still uses a single host location to gather each June to conduct the business and hear the will of 47,272 churches spread across North America. With participation, cooperation and support at low levels and a great need for human and financial resources for missions, has […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is the New NAMB Really Working? – Summary

The Evidence is Before You...

At the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis, Kevin Ezell, the President of the North American Mission Board spoke to SBC Messengers.  He asked the question:  “Is the New NAMB Working?  Dr. Ezell answered the question with anecdotes, stories about good things happening in the lives of individuals and families who were connecting with […]

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 […]

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 […]

Great Commandment or Great Commission?

Boundary and Priority

Confused, people all across America are spiritually confused. But, this is not just true outside the church. Actually, many inside the church are also confused, especially in determining what it means to follow Christ. We are asking all sorts of related questions, such as: Is the church there primarily to serve me, or I am […]

Big Red, His Rider Macy and Lessons on Stewardship

Stewarding Families, Churches and Denominational Life

  My family does not camp, but 4,000 miles in a car with a 6, 9, 12 year old daughters has to be similar to camping. The summer of 2001 included our family’s all-time favorite 16 day summer vacation to Tucson and work trip to Glorieta, NM. Beautiful scenery, Tombstone, the desert golf courses, a […]