By Joe Waller on Monday, September 24, 2018

“Three points and a poem.” Many pastors have jokingly referred to this phrase as the definitive outline for a sermon. And as I listen to more preachers, I see the three-point model to be incredibly common and helpful. But I don’t see poetry appearing in sermons quite as often. Poetry and faith,...

By Marilyn Stewart on Monday, September 17, 2018

Ask any woman in the Sunday School class I teach at Ames Blvd. Baptist Church how they know God is real, and then take a seat. Their stories will take a while. They will talk of answered prayer, beauty out of life’s rubble, conviction over sin, of joy and peace. ...

By Matthew Weaver on Monday, September 10, 2018

I’m not originally from New Orleans. But through a strange turn of events, God led me here, and has taught me so much through seminary and now pastoral ministry. A big part of that was my time on campus at NOBTS. God used that to shape me, humble me, and...

By Rex Butler on Monday, August 27, 2018

Eric Liddell is best known from the Academy Award winning movie, Chariots of Fire, as the Scottish sprinter who refused to run on Sunday. This dialogue often is remembered: “I believe God made me for a purpose – for China. But He also made me fast! And when I run,...

By Rex Butler on Monday, August 20, 2018

“Costly grace …. is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life…. Above all, it is...

By Rex Butler on Monday, August 13, 2018

In 1660, a thousand-page tome was published in the Netherlands with a long title: The Bloody Theater or Martyrs Mirror of the Defenseless Christians – “Who Baptized Only Upon Confession of Faith, and Who Suffered and Died for the Testimony of Jesus, Their Saviour, From the Time of Christ to...

By Gary D. Myers on Monday, April 30, 2018

I received unexpected flowers last month and they really made my day. Before you start wondering why I was sent flowers or who sent them – these flowers simply appeared in my yard. I didn’t plant them. I didn’t water them. But I am enjoying them. Several months back I noticed...

By Rex Butler on Monday, April 16, 2018

The earliest of the martyr acts outside of the New Testament is The Martyrdom of Polycarp. In the middle of the second century, probably 156 AD, the elderly Bishop Polycarp of Smyrna, was arrested to appease a crowd who had gathered to worship their pagan gods. The mob had decided...