Five for Friday (11.21.14)


Have a great weekend everyone. Never stop learning! Here are five links (plus a bonus video) to keep you thinking.

Hope for Women in Hell – Amazing interview with a woman ministering to this caught in the sex industry.

How I Learned to Embrace the Stand and Greet Time – Great counter-argument for an article I shared last week about the stand and greet time in churches.

When Movies Aren’t ‘Biblically Accurate’ – Incredible wisdom in a reactionary and judgmental world.

Don’t Buy Stuff You Don’t Need – great financial advice for married people!

Check Diversity Where You Live – Type in your zip code to see the demographics of your neighborhood.

Bonus video: “I Haven’t Slept in 7 Years” – this video describes my life!

Five for Friday (11.14.14)

five red buttonHave a great weekend! #HailState

7 Truths About Marriage You Won’t Hear in Church – Harsh but true words about marriage!

10 Reasons Why Friends and Family Struggle to Believe the Gospel – This may help explain your frustration in witnessing.

Why Mississippi Hates Washington – This hits a little close to home, but helps explain the culture I live in.

Altar Calls: Are They a Biblical Approach? – This helps explain why we don’t do altar calls at Mt Vernon Church.

Why I Don’t Endorse Candidates From the Pulpit – My thoughts exactly.

Five for Friday (10.31.14)

5Happy Halloween (or Reformation Day)! Here are five links to keep you learning through the weekend:

What I Wish I Hadn’t Learned in Sunday School – very insightful on the dangers of growing up in church.

7 Characeristics Pastors Can Learn from Peyton Manning – applies to all of us, not just pastors. Omaha!

Don’t Miss This One Great Thing for Your Marriage – solid word, easy to implement.

Unchurched Americans Most Resistant to Evangelism Outreach in 20 years – not good!

Christian College to Offer Free Education to Victims of Sex Trafficking – very cool story of a college in CA giving back to those in need.

Five for Friday (10.24.14)

five red button“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” (Henry Ford) Here are five links to help you stay young!

The Three Things I Wished I Knew Before We Got Married – Great stuff (whether married or not!)

The Top 5 Things American Pray to God for – What are you praying for?

22 Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep – Good stuff for everyone here!

LOST at 10: Still Lost After All These Years – If you’re a fan of the show, here’s an incredible post-mortem.

BONUS Video – The new Exodus: Gods and Kings trailer is out.

Five for Friday (10.17.14)

five red buttonHappy Friday everyone!

Why Not Just Hand the Sermons Over? – a needed perspective on the growing controversy in Houston.

Divorce: Setting the Record Straight – Good word!

How Fast is the World Changing? – Great reminder from Jon Acuff. The video is worth watching!

Seven Things to Pray for Your Children – Solid stuff here for parents.

Stunning Images From the World Photography Awards – Beautiful pictures of our beautiful world.

Five for Friday (8.10.14)

five red buttonHappy Friday everyone! Before you head out to the football games this weekend,  check out these great articles!


When Your Child’s Personality Annoys You – Don’t eradicate it, cultivate it!

3 Ways to Find Contentment – Great words!

Friendless Millennials in a Digital Age – Part 1 of a great article on reaching Millennials.

The Solution to Millennial Trust Issues – Anyone trying to reach Millennials needs to read this!

Why Dating is Great for Your Sex Life – This article is for married couples!

Five for Friday (9.26.14)

5It’s Friday again (whoop whoop)! Before you put your brain in cruise control for the weekend, check out these links. Never stop learning! Never stop growing!

3 Things Every Married Person Should Know – Great words for every married couple!

How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football – In the midst of the NFL’s latest crisis, Politico did a great throwback piece on how an American president stepped in to save football in its infancy.

Five Reasons McDonald’s is Falling Apart – If you ever frequent McDonald’s, these reasons will make sense to you. Great cautionary tale for anyone in business.

That Mysterious Gospel – If you’re ever involved in communicating the gospel to non-believers, then this is an incredibly thought-provoking article. Armchair seminarians will love this one!

12 Reasons Why Churches Don’t Address Decline – I hope this doesn’t describe your church!

Just for Fun: 16 Reasons You’d Probably Die at Hogwarts – for Potter fans only.

Five for Friday (9.19.14)

5Have a great Friday!

How to Effectively Reach and Retain Millennials – Interested in impacting the next generation for Christ? This article is a great place to start.

One of the Main Ways that the Earliest Christians Distinguished Themselves from the Surrounding Culture – an important historical read with some intense practical applications for today!

 Stop Preaching and Start Communicating – a great reasoning behind why I preach the way I do.

7 Things I Learned in my First Year of Chasing a Dream Full-Time – Ever thought of quitting your day job and chasing your dream? Learn from someone who’s doing it right now!

Why I Think This World Should End. Great spoken word video that will make you think!

Five for Friday (9.12.14)

5Happy Friday! Before you rush head long into the weekend, take a minute and check out these great articles by other writers.

Truett Cathy and a Life Lived Well – great article about a great man.

10 Ways to Pray for Your Husband – read this ladies!

The Church and Violence Against Women – important words regarding the reality of domestic violence.

8 Ways Your Church Can Be More Welcoming to Guests – I wish everyone in our church would read this. Great stuff!

The Osteen Predicament – Strong words by Al Mohler on the Victoria Osteen controversy.

Five for Friday (8.29.14)

5Here are five good articles that kept me thinking this week. Hope they help you as well!

Pastor David Platt succeeds Tom Eliff as IMB President – here’s the new leader of the Southern Baptist missions effort.

What the ALS Challenge Taught Me about Life – great perspective on the challenge that’s sweeping the nation.

Why I Turn My iPhone Notifications Off & You Should Too – I believe this! I turned most of my notifications off a long time ago.

Census Figures Show More Than One-Third of Americans Receiving Welfare Benefits – This won’t end well for us.

20 Reasons College Football is Better Than the NFL – I don’t buy into this as a rabid Saints fan, but it’s still a good article.