How Greg Laurie joining the SBC is a good thing.

Greg Laurie joined the Southern Baptist Convention! WOW. THIS makes me very happy. Here’s why.

I have a “little” Calvary Chapel in me. I’m a closet Calvary Chapel guy 🙂 but don’t take that wrong. I’m a true Baptist boy. Married a Baptist girl. And there’s no turning back. Calvary Chapel is a lot like Steve McQueen (I’m reading Greg’s book). They are cool. Baptists can always use a little, natural, cool factor. When I became a follower of Christ, Pastor Chuck Smith became my radio rabbi. He made me love the word of God. So I have a special place for Calvary Chapel in my heart. So when I heard Greg Laurie was joining the SBC, I was glad.

Greg Laurie joining the SBC is a good thing and here’s why.

Greg is the Billy Graham of our day.  Greg is filling stadiums in ways people thought was over. There have been others. DL Moody. Billy Sunday. Billy Graham. Greg Laurie. Laurie still does crusade ramp up, execution and follow up.

Greg is already a part of us. He has built relationships already in the SBC. Jack Graham and Greg have been friends for awhile now. And that relationship models for us what we need. It’s possible to be faith family, connected, while separate. We are using him to speak and train already.

Greg believes what we believe about evangelism. He obviously is a part of stoking the fire of evangelism already. The SBC is in need to real evangelism that’s partnered with crusade level disciple making. Greg is going to help us in our desire to in some ways get back to evangelism and in other ways stay evangelistic. Regardless, he will join us and lead us in stoking the fire.

Greg is not only an evangelist but also a revivalist. He comes from the a revival movement. He had a front row seat to the Jesus Movement. He was a part of the last revival movement to happen in our nation. I have followed Greg and heard him preach for the last few years. I’ve seen him fire up and mobilize Calvary Chapel pastors and churches for not only evangelism, but also seeking revival in prayer.

Greg believes what we believe. There’s nothing in the Baptist Faith and Message he won’t be ok with. Calvary Chapel churches have theological distinctives but they are within the framework of orthodoxy. Calvary Chapel and Baptists have the same commitment to to scripture and expository preaching.

I could go on but I won’t. I’ve enjoyed my partnership with Calvary Chapel Association. Here in Ruidoso, New Mexico, I’ve enjoyed my partnership, friendship with Pastor John Marshall, the pastor of Calvary Chapel Ruidoso. I have attended the Calvary Chapel Pastors Conference for 3 years now. I have to miss this year but for sure want to go next year. One of the excellent things Calvary Chapel does is events and conferences. They are known for worship and teaching. Many churches have benefited from the influence of Calvary Chapel worship especially. The Jesus Movement influenced many. We can benefit even more with Greg Laurie joining and partnering with us.

I pray we will all be “filled with the Spirit” (Eph 5:18) and “do the work of an evangelist” (2 Tim 4:5).

What do you think of Pastor Greg Laurie joining the SBC?


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.

Why I wear a real watch.

I once considered buying an Apple Watch but I didn’t. For the record, I love Apple products. I’ve been a Mac guy for 15 years. I won’t use another phone other than an iPhone. So there it is. I’m a Mac guy. So I’m not hating on Apple with this post.

People use their phones a lot to check the time. For younger people, they are not as likely to purchase a watch. They are digitals. Some digitals are still traditional watch wearing types because of the fashion angle.

So, most of the time I use my phone to check the time. Yet last Fall I thought to get a watch. Because I’m a Mac person I thought to get an Apple Watch. I researched it. Almost bought it, but when I continued to research it, I realized a digital watch was not for me. Why?

  1. The Apple Watch would keep me wired up. The watch is only an extension of the iPhone. I realized I did not want my watch dinging, ringing and lighting up. I wanted a watch, not a computer or iPad on my wrist.
  2. The Regular Watch does what a watch is supposed to do – tell time and look good. An old school watch is my preference. Ironically, the traditional wrist watch was liked by the military.  A traditional watch reminds me of the past in an era that moves forward technologically at an amazing pace.

Scripture says, “Don’t move an ancient boundary marker that your fathers set up” (Prov. 23:28).

There are some things in life that should not be moved. Now I’m not saying anyone who uses a digital watch is guilty. Not hardly. For me, I just choose to let some things in my life to not be digital. In the spiritual life, there are definitely some things that need to look forward, but they must be shackled to the things that are of the past. The word of God. The gospel. Basic decency of life.

Sometimes looking back, or remembering the great things of tradition, can be a blessing in moving forward. It’s why we have a message. Keep time anyway you want. For me, it’s a regular wristwatch. It reminds me of the pastor while looking forward to God’s agenda.