My reflections on the #SBC17

Having just returned from the Southern Baptist Convention, here’s my observations.

  1. The pastors conference was THE BEST one I’ve ever attended. Expository preaching by a diverse group of pastors. And The Getty’s for worship? THE BEST pastors conference I’ve attended at the SBC. You can watch here if you want.
  2. In the face of racial challenge, the SBC rises to the occasion every time. Since 1995 when the convention passed that monumental resolution, the convention has shown that it can’t reverse the sins of ancestors past, but can live in the power of the gospel now. Take a look at resolutions on race from the past. Most people don’t know about these. Once again this year the convention proved it is not the convention of 1845. We are not the convention of 1965. We are the convention of 2017 that is alive and has risen to the occasion on race. Every time.
  3. The narrative of missions and evangelism has risen to the top. We have urgency. We know the need. I was encouraged to see such a laser beam focus.
  4. I’m glad to be on the team. Is there another Christian group that deals with these same issues? I don’t see other denominations attacking anything of this significance.
  5. The Catch the Vision Tour for pastors to see what is happening in church planting in Phoenix was outstanding. I recommend every pastor attend one near you.
  6. I got to attend the convention with my wife Jeana. It was a blessing to just be there with her. And she got to be in the mix of the great worship, word and witness. I’m so glad to have her as my ministry partner.
  7. I’m wondering what the next resolution on race will be? We seem to have one every year now. And I can’t wait to see it pass next year.
  8. I’m enjoyed Phoenix. I live in New Mexico, so of course I did. It was close. The drive was beautiful.

RIP – Bobby Romero

bobby-romeroBobby Romero. 

My friend died today. Too young. Too fast. Unexpected. It’s pretty sobering to think of it. What impact did Bobby have on my life? I want to get it out now because Bobby deserves it. Some of this he knew. Some he may not have known.

First, Bobby kindled my desire for disciple making. He saw on Facebook that I was reading Simple Church. He took the initiative to get coffee with me and pick my brain, and me his. I was awesome.

Second, Bobby taught me that it’s ok to ask the questions no one else will ask. He asked the most aggravating yet deep questions that moved Bible study and conversation forward. Bobby would say things that boarded to much, but just far enough.

Third, Bobby was a good Bible teacher. We just taught a men’s bible study in James together at Starbucks last Spring. He helped me prepare a preaching series in James for FBC Ruidoso.

Bobby laughed. We had a special relationship where we could pick on each other and not get upset.

Bobby valued my leadership and opinion. 

Bobby served a tough ministry field – a race track. And he loved those people like a pastor should. I was so proud of him to enduring hardship in the ministry.

Bobby introduced me to Jon Burton. He helped me capture a fresh vision and passion for one-on-one disciple making.

Thanks for the love Bobby. You impacted my life, FBC Ruidoso, and our community for Jesus Christ. I’m sad Bobby is gone. I’m glad Bobby knew Jesus as his savior.

And if you don’t know Jesus, Bobby would want you to accept Jesus Christ as your savior. 

When it’s too late to recover from your mistakes.

Too LateLife comes with a lot of mistakes. I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of regrets. I’m not immobilized by them, but I do have a sense of burden. I sometimes wish I could stand of top of the world and tell everyone I have hurt and abused and used, “I’m sorry.” The reality is I cannot do that. The past is the past. I can’t undo the past nor can i go back in time. I can only give to God my repentance and faith and move forward (Mark 1:15; Gal 2:20).

For some things, it’s too late to recover. Not with God, but with people.

I’m convinced I don’t get the consequences I deserve. If I did, I would be in jail, or have aids, or still be addicted, etc.

There are some things that look like they are too late. They burden me also. For example …..

  • Your child graduates high school but does not know God.
  • Your child is entering high school, but you have lost control already.
  • You spent more time on things that don’t matter, but now you realize your child does not care about God because God was not important to you.
  • You realize you can’t get back the years of not going to church.
  • You realize time is gone. You can’t get it back.

These are devastating things. And while taking your children to church and living out the gospel in front of them is not a guarantee, it’s biblical. And it’s proven to be a better path. There is blessing in obedience.

I had a lot of things go wrong by the time I was 24. Yet look at God. He turned me into a pastor. I’m born again. I know my purpose in life. Sometimes we fail to see that it’s not over yet. We can go back on some things and make it right. I have found that we often live like it’s the fourth quarter, when God’s only at half-time. This is not excuse for the list above. If you don’t invest spiritual things in your children, and you don’t live your life from the vantage point of a local church expression of the gospel, then don’t wonder why your kids don’t care about spiritual things. And it might just impact their future families. That is scary thinking, but it’s not over. You can still make a spiritual impact on your children. Just communicate mistakes and move forward. Invest spiritually in your family and friends.

While some mistakes cannot be recovered, they can be lessons learned for the future. It’s not too late for a come back. Recovery is possible. Don’t quit too early. Don’t quit on your kids, family, marriage, job, education, or friends. God can always work.

Rehab. Moses. Peter. Paul. You. Me.

It’s never too late to recover from mistakes when God is involved.