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Brent McDougal

The kickoff of the college football season has always excited me. I love a packed stadium with 50,000 or even 100,000 fans pulsating with excitement, announcers yelling, fans screaming. There’s nothing like game day. For three to four hours, fans come together to cheer their favorite teams and forget about pressures, politics and the world’s […] Read More

Brent McDougal is senior pastor of Cliff Temple Baptist Church in Dallas. 1. Where did you grow up? I grew up mostly in Alabama (Birmingham and Montgomery), but I also lived in South Carolina and Ohio for several years. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Jesus calling the […] Read More

One of the joys of being a pastor is that I get invited into some very sacred spaces. I’m not talking about actual places or buildings, but the inner experience of individuals, the holiest of holy places where people dwell. It’s a privilege to be welcomed into those spaces as people share their longings, hopes, […] Read More

Once there was an astounding castle owned by the Castlereagh family, one of the most princely residences in Ireland. But the ancient home fell into decay, and the usual happened: When peasants wanted to repair a road or even construct a pigsty, they scavenged stone from the old dwelling. The stones were already craftily cut, […] Read More

Aesop wrote a fable about a donkey who discovered a lion’s skin. He tried it on, strutted around and scared many animals. Soon a fox came along and the donkey tried to frighten him too. But when the fox heard the donkey’s voice, the fox said, “If you want to terrify me, you’ll have to […] Read More

With all of the talk about how divided America is, I continue to believe that there is more that we have in common than what drives us apart. One fundamental need that all humans have is for deep, supportive relationships. Relationships make the difference when there’s mental distress, an economic crisis or a family loss. […] Read More

Are you thankful for all the ways that God has been good to you this past year? And do you want to acknowledge the needs of others, even as you enjoy the benefits of God’s good gifts? Then make your Thanksgiving missional this year. The word missional simply points to how any everyday activity can […] Read More

When I did my doctoral studies on Rwanda, the driving question I wanted to answer was, “How could a group of people do this to one another?” I wanted to know how there could be so much violence, even neighbor killing neighbor. I was hoping to discover one key factor that would perhaps rise above […] Read More

I climbed into an open vehicle for a night safari with about 15 other people one evening in Kruger National Park in South Africa. For the first two hours, we saw nothing except for a glimpse of the uninspiring backside of a hippo. But then we spotted two small elephants close to the road on […] Read More

Years ago, John Denver sang a song (written by Guy Clark) that says: “Only two things that money can’t buy / That’s true love and home-grown tomatoes.” Cliff Temple Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, hosts a farmers’ market on the first Saturday of each month on our parking lot. This past month there were vegetables […] Read More