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To the Brotherhood Policemen,

I hope this open letter finds you doing well and living by the hope found in our Lord Jesus Christ. I am writing to encourage you to think and reason using God’s Word and logic. While the local church needs to fight the good fight and stand for the truth of Christ in love, when did it become of need and even more critical for people to search out perceived wrongdoing in other autonomous congregations? Is there not enough for…

All Things Considered, Let’s Be Considerate

I am neither an avid nor casual fan of the Academy Awards. To me, Oscar is a grouch in a tin can on Sesame Street. I am, however, on Twitter. I saw the clips. I heard the vulgarity. I’ve seen the memes. Can you believe it? Will Smith slapped Chris Rock and most of the world is talking about it. But what should a Christian make of it all? Maybe my answer is overly simplistic, and I am certain it…

Be a Tychicus

There are a number of people that are mentioned in scripture. Some are spoken of often, while some are only mentioned once or twice. There is a man named Tychicus that is mentioned 5x in the New Testament. Four of those occurrences are by Paul in his letters, and the other one is in the book of Acts. When you examine all of these passages, there is a great lesson that can be learned from this less-known brother. Acts 20:1-4…

Focal Point 2022

This year’s workshop is scheduled for April 30th – May 5th. It is hard to believe that this will be our 13th Focal Point. The work, sacrifice, love, and effort that this church has put into this amazing week has yielded much fruit for the Lord and His church. If you are new to University, the goals for Focal Point include the edification, education, and encouragement of those dedicated to Bible study, ministry, and the future of the Lord’s church.…

Grocery Carts & The Abundant Life

Just last week as I was entering the grocery store, an older man was heading toward his car with a full cart of recently purchased items. Just by looking, this man appeared to be in his late 60s to early 70s. He had the biggest smile on his face and seemed to be enjoying life (as much as you can enjoy it with the price of groceries these days, but nevertheless…). Then all a sudden he propped one foot on…

Inexpensive But Invaluable

I once heard a preacher say that his wife liked going to a coffee shop to drink coffee because, “she believes that coffee taste better if it costs $5 a cup.” It may not be true, but sometimes we consider something to be better or more valuable simply because of the price tag that is bears. This disposition might lead us to discount things that are discounted. We might miss the value of the inexpensive. In hopes of safeguarding us…

Godly Leaders

Have you ever seen a group of people with no sense of direction? I remember as kids my friends and I would run around our neighborhood building stuff, tearing stuff up, and wreaking havoc on the neighborhood. We had no idea what we were doing but we were having fun. I remember one time in particular, we put together a bunch of bikes. We would take the front tire off of one bike and attach it to the back tire…

A Minster’s Code Of Ethics

Nearly 12 years ago, I was asked to write my personal code of ethics during my undergraduate studies. I have since required students to do the same. I have never published what I wrote, but I wanted to do so this week. Working back through these points was both challenging and therapeutic. My prayer is that I can honestly live up to this standard and that readers will be blessed by the challenges it presents. As the book of Job…

Navigating the Ebb and Flow

The ebb and flow of life can be both exciting and devastating. While change allows for growth and presents us with new challenges, it often takes away people, things, and circumstances that we hold dear. Last Sunday morning, the University church experienced another one of those ebb and flow moments and now we are left to move forward in the wake of this change. If you are unaware, brother Joe O’Banon resigned from the eldership last Sunday morning. Joe had…

The Most “Well-Practiced” Team

When it comes to sports, teams practice for the big game of the week. I remember in High School watching the films of our previous games and learning where we went wrong and how we can do better next time. We watched other teams’ films and learned their plays and how we could best navigate the game in order to win. Then we would spend all week practicing against plays that the opposing team would have. We would know every…

In The Meantime

Today marks the last Sunday that David and Kathy Jones (i.e., Dad and Mom) will be with us before they move to East Tennessee. There is no doubt that they will honor the Lord and strengthen His church through their teaching and example. Their departure, however, leaves a hole in the work at University, specifically the work on the campus of Texas State through the Bobcats for Christ organization and the McCarty Student Center. If time and faith have taught…

Ten Minutes to Change the World

What can we really do with one-sixth of one hour? I know. It doesn’t seem like much time. Most of us spend longer each day commuting to work, standing in line, sitting in traffic, etc. It may not make a difference in most situations, but there is a place and a time where ten minutes could change lives and possibly the world. What we do with the first ten minutes after our weekly worships services is vital to creating a…