Pastors Dare Not Become Enablers of Spiritual Milkoholics

January 11, 2018

By Ronnie Rogers, Pastor
Trinity Baptist Church Norman, OK

I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able (1 Cor 3:2).

Note the past tense verb, gave milk, referring to times in the past when Paul taught the Corinthians milk because they were not ready for meat and that was okay; but the poignant criticism is indeed, even now, you are not yet able. Even now, still, at this point they were not able, when in reality they should have been much more mature and able to think as spiritual followers, feeding on the meat of the Word.

These words of Paul are not only words of chastisement but also words of hurt. Paul had been involved in seeking to mature the Corinthians for about five years, but to no avail. W. Robertson Nicoll notes, “Paul had attempted to carry his Corinthian converts further, but had failed.”[1] The heart of Paul, or anyone who works to mature others in the faith, is conveyed by the words of the Apostle John who said, “I have no greater joy than this to hear of my children walking in truth” (3 John 4). A.T. Robertson said, “It is one of the tragedies of the minister’s life that he has to keep on speaking to the church members ‘as unto babes in Christ’ . . . who actually glory in their long babyhood.”[2] For Christians to mature, the pastor must be solemnly devoted to maturing the believers in the flock of which God has given him oversight, and the people must also desire to mature (1 Peter 2:2). Continue reading

Why Must Some View SBC Elections as Wars? How Classifying a Denominational Decision as a Military Operation Only Promotes Disunity

January 10, 2018

Dr. Rick Patrick, Pastor
FBC Sylacauga, Alabama
Exec. Director, Connect 316

A recent article by William Thornton posted at SBC Voices was entitled Another Denominational Election War? While I greatly admire the author’s forthrightness and lucid writing style, I disagree with most of his denominational opinions. In his story, he quoted my recent remarks from the SBC Today comment stream. I was replying to a wonderful 86 year-old Christian gentleman who seemed to feel that our current SBC President was not making the kind of strong appointments that Adrian Rogers made during the Conservative Resurgence. My understanding was that President Steve Gaines was making the very kind of appointments that would move our denomination forward toward a bright and positive future. Continue reading

“Pistol” Pete Maravich: The Man, The Mystery and The Miracle

January 9, 2018


By Ron F. Hale

Looking back, his remark is eerie – part premonition, a pinch of predestination, and a pint of paradox.

In 1973, Andy Nuzzo, a reporter for the Beaver County (PA) Times, asked 25 year-old Pete Maravich a question. Pete said, “I don’t want to play 10 years in the NBA and die of a heart attack at 40.”

On January 5, 1998, the reported last words of Pete Maravich were, “I feel great!” Maravich, the greatest scorer in NCAA college basketball history, and ten-year veteran of the NBA, was 40 years old when he collapsed to the gym floor. The man with a thousand moves, the Houdini of the hardwood, was dead within seconds. His haunting self-defeating prophecy feeds the mystery. Continue reading

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