Editor’s Note: The photo at the top of this article was taken from the Hannibal Courier Post.
Last month, my wife and I celebrated our 42nd anniversary. We got up that morning, looked at each other, said, “Happy Anniversary!” and went about our day’s work. I met my wife, Cathy, in Hannibal, Missouri, where I was attending school at Hannibal LaGrange College. New to the area, new to the ministry and very wet behind the ears, I was thrilled when a small country church, Antioch Baptist, offered me a job as their youth pastor. I had no clue what I was doing, but the church was patient, kind, loving and tolerant of my mistakes. Continue reading
By: Dean Sieberhagen, Assistant Professor of Missions and Islamic Studies
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared at Theological Matters and is used by permission.
When I lived in Central Asia, it was very interesting to see how many of the young Muslims viewed their religion. They said that at their age, they could enjoy life and wait until an older age to get serious about religion. Their thinking was that God is more interested in the afterlife, and that only becomes an issue when you are close to the afterlife, which is where old people find themselves. Once you are of a grandparent-type age, they thought, you then need to prepare for the afterlife by doing religious activities. This is a very convenient way of seeing religion and allows for a position where God is able to fit into our way of thinking rather than us needing to fit into His way of thinking. Continue reading
I am no theologian.
I hold no degrees from Bible College or seminary and I will never stand behind a pulpit and teach a congregation. No important ministry title adorns my name, nor do I anticipate that Lifeway will ever offer me a posh book deal. Continue reading