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Author Chuck Warnock

The challenge for Christians is to continue to follow Christ long after our initial profession of faith in him. Doing so must be hard because thousands of books have been written about how to faithfully follow Jesus as a disciple. The apostle Paul helps us discern how we follow Christ in his letter to the […] Read More

Various metaphors have been used to describe the role of God’s chosen leaders. Some have lodged permanently in our collective consciousness while others have not passed the test of time. Perhaps the oldest metaphor used to describe the pastoral leader is that of shepherd. The second metaphor used in the New Testament for church leaders is […] Read More

Recently, I preached on the story of the prophet Elijah and his protégé, Elisha, from 2 Kings 2:8-14. Elijah knew he was nearing the end of his life and asked Elisha what he could do for him before he departed. Elisha replied that he wanted a “double portion” of Elijah’s spirit. Of course, this is […] Read More

By now, the story that Paula Deen casually admitted she had used racial epithets is old news. Further revelations that she also considered a “plantation-themed” wedding complete with white-jacketed African American men as waiters contributed to the narrative of Deen as racially insensitive at best, and racist at worst. The admission by Deen that she […] Read More

With an almost three-week hospital stay behind me, I realized there were several things I learned from the experience. Here are five of them: 1. People who are in the hospital are really sick You might think that would be obvious, but when I say sick, I mean really sick. With today’s cost-driven medical care, […] Read More

A few days ago I had the opportunity to participate in a leadership conference with Greg Jones, former dean of Duke Divinity School, and John Upton, president of the Baptist World Alliance and the Virginia Baptist Mission Board. Upton listed 15 characteristics of innovative church leaders, which he has observed in his global contact with […] Read More

Rush Limbaugh continues to hemorrhagesponsors and at least two radio stations as the controversy over his personal attack on Sandra Fluke continues. Whether you like Limbaugh or not — and frankly I don’t – this is an interesting case study in offense and apology. When Limbaugh’s apology is measured by the benchmarks of moral apology, […] Read More

Despite the adoption of coffee bars, PowerPoint presentations and full-stage lighting, churches are seldom on the cutting edge when it comes to addressing demographic trends. Here are six dramatic trends that are not being addressed adequately by local churches, church networks or denominations. If we continue to ignore these trends for another decade, churches will […] Read More

Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part series. Read part one here. Almost 50 years ago, a Baptist minister stood before a sea of hopeful people in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial to share the dream God had given him. On that day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “I have a […] Read More

Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series. I’ve been busy writing my dissertation on the church as a reconciling community. Two things are becoming more apparent to me each day that I research and write on this topic. First, the church’s primary ministry is reconciliation. The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians […] Read More