2015 IMB Report at the SBC

2015 IMB Report at the SBC

With over 16 million members, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is the largest Protestant body in the US and the largest Baptist denomination in the world. Connected with the SBC is the International Mission Board (IMB), which, similar to its parent organization, is one of the largest missionary organization in the world. I mention all of this because I think it good to pay attention to what they do as it effects a large portion of the population. Below these comments is a video report of the IMB’s president, David Platt (pastor and author), given a few days ago at the SBC General Conference. In watching the video, two things stood out to me. 1)    The number of full time missionaries sent out by the IMB is steady dropping This decline in missionaries is due, account to Platt, mainly to the lack of funds. However rather than trying to get the SBC member churches to give more money, Platt announced that the IMB is changing the way they think about mission work. As it currently stands, the IMB has a narrow view of who constitutes a missionary (i.e. fully supported, full time missionary living overseas) – meaning that they have had to reject large number of people over the years who have not fit that narrow definition. Platt’s answer to this is to change the definition of a “missionary” to include college students, workers, or retirees living/studying overseas. As these new missionaries will be self-supporting, IMB would not have a huge increase in expenses – instead they would channel money normally used to house, feed and support a missionary...
Need An Awesome Easter Gift?

Need An Awesome Easter Gift?

Do you need an awesome Easter gift idea? Then look no further than LibrarsDonum’s handcrafted magnetic locking hollow book safes!! (how’s that for a sales line!) 😛 I have recently added some new book safes to my Etsy store and wanted to share them with you all. Keep in mind that I do take custom order if you have a specific book you would like turned into a safe. “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson                   “The Story of America, 1975”   Southern Living Cookbook Classics   DeMaupassant Short Stories            ...
Top 14 Books For Every Pastor or Church Leader

Top 14 Books For Every Pastor or Church Leader

My friends over at Think Theology have started listing out their top books every pastor should either own or have read. After reading over Able Baker, Robby McAlpine, and Kenny Burchard lists, I just had to respond as I think they missed the mark on some must have books!! 😀 1)    “Breakthrough: Discovering the Kingdom” by Derek Morphew The Scriptures tell us that central message of Jesus and the 12 was the Kingdom of God. Sadly the original meaning behind these words have been shifted and changed as the years march by. Building upon the works of George Ladd, Albert Schweitzer, John Wimber and others, Derek Morphew lays out the historical and biblical foundation for the in-breaking of the Kingdom of God in human history. If you are at all interested in Enacted Inaugurated Eschatology of Kingdom Theology, you simply MUST read this book. 2)    “The Pastor: A Memoir” by Eugene Peterson I first read this book a few months after I became a senior pastor, and I have to say that it did more to shape my view of pastoring than any other book I have ever read. Drawing from 30 years of experience as the pastor of a small 300 member church in Maryland, Peterson shares the tough times and the good times, the happy times and the not-so-happy times. And in doing so he lays out an amazing pastoral model built on empowering the people to be the people of God. 3)    “God’s EPIC Adventure” by Winn Griffin A lot of Christians know the different Bible stories, but very few actually know how they are connected....
Gender Discrimination and Racism

Gender Discrimination and Racism

There was a time when seeing a Toyota Prius was a rare thing…then I bought one and I see them all over the place. The same thing happened when I bought a Dodge Durango…one moment they were a rare species, then, all of sudden, there were TONS of them on the road! Something similar has been happening to me concerning racism and gender discrimination. As a white Caucasian male living in a middle class world with no sisters, these things were fairly foreign to me….in fact I remember telling people that I thought racism had all be stopped in the USA…and gender discrimination, well, didn’t we stamp that out in the ‘60’s? Then I got married and bit by bit first I started to see and hear things that didn’t seem right… I started listening to the stories of sister-in-laws, both of whom stuck off to the big-city (LA and Chicago) to find their fortune among industries dominated Caucasian males….while none of these ladies complain or gripe about their work environments, I did start to notice things…small things…a word here…a turned up lip there…a glance to the side… At first I didn’t know what to do as these things were new to my worldview…it was almost like Pleasantville in which a once black and white world slowly turns to color one item at a time… Items that I took for granted – or issues which I had avoided because they were too messy had to be dealt with…take church leadership for example. While my parents never put gender restrictions on people, I have to confess that there was a...
Requisite Danger is Changing Names and Locations!!

Requisite Danger is Changing Names and Locations!!

On May 4, 2006, the site “Requisite Danger” was launched as an experimental outlet for my busy brain and crazy fingers. At the time I wasn’t sure if I had enough thoughts in my mind to last a week let along 2,932 days, but somehow things kept popping and I kept on writing…. At first I hid my identity under the pseudonym  “Ardell” (the name I gave to a self-aware computer bent on taking over the world in a short story I wrote in college) as I was nervous about blogging online. Over the years I gradually opened up, especially as I met and talked to other bloggers who used the web as a ministry opportunity. And the crazy is that you all stuck around and read the articles I wrote… simply mind blowing if you ask me! 🙂  If we were to look at the numbers, “Requisite Danger” had 499 pageviews by 250 users over the last month (and this was WITH several hosting issues that took the site down for a few days at a time!). 25% of these users were returning visitors with 75% of them new to “Requisite Danger” (welcome ya’ll!). As can be imaged, lot of these visitors are viewing older articles they found via Google. For example, my April 5, 2011 article on Premodernism, Modernism and Postmodernism received 56 pageviews this past month even though it was written three years ago. Yet for all its glory, the time has come to retire the site “Requisite Danger.” Now before you all scream (or rejoice as some of you are bound to do), please note...