From the Editor:

Welcome to the first issue of PULP1T magazine! The Executive Office is grateful to Free Will Baptist Foundation for providing a grant to make the magazine possible. In recent days, the denomination has expressed concern about church revitalization, and one of the keys to revitalization is encouraging and inspiring pastors weighed down by the cares and concerns of ministry. Pastoring is never an easy job, and the complex issues raised constantly by our postmodern culture make it even more challenging.

PULP1T is an excellent opportunity to encourage, support, and equip pastors. Congregations will benefit from refreshed and inspired pastors armed with new ideas and vision. And the health of pastors and churches determine the health of our denomination.

Why confront racism in the first issue? When Tom McCullough spoke on racism during the 2015 national convention, his humble call to acknowledge, confront, and abandon racism for the sake of the gospel struck a chord. While Free Will Baptists have a rich history of standing for the rights of the oppressed, it is crucial that each succeeding generation continue to look within, to ruthlessly root out any vestige of prejudice that would hinder the work of the gospel.

Scripture speaks clearly regarding racism. It’s sin. It should have no place in the heart and life of any believer. Yet, as fallen beings, we all need to be reminded on a regular basis—as Tom McCullough states so eloquently in his article—“God cares nothing about the color of a man’s skin but about the condition of his heart.” Interestingly, the deadline for PULP1T writers fell the week after the horrible events in Charlottesville thrust the subject of race back into the national headlines. As usual, God’s timing is impeccable.

I am grateful for Free Will Baptist writers, pastors, and church members who share the truths of God’s Word openly, fairly, and without apology, even when the subjects are difficult or controversial. When dark topics are brought from shadows into light and discussed openly, God can heal the festering wounds of sin.

PULP1T magazine is free for any pastor or church leader who would like to receive it. Simply email editor@nafwb.org or call the Executive Office at 877-767-7659 to be added to the mailing list.

 

Articles

Red, Yellow, Black & White
A Christian Examination of Racism

For the Sake of the Gospel
Leaving Prejudice at the Cross

Willis Bryant Was Cherokee
Overcoming Racism to Bring the Gospel to Southwest Oklahoma

Free Will Revisited
A Fresh Approach to the Historical Debate

Lessons in Leaving
Simple Principles to Help Your Congregation Move Forward When You Leave

Good News for Public Schools
How to (Legally) Take the Gospel Into Public Schools

Parsonage or Pressure Cooker?
Lessons From 50 Years in a Pastor’s Home

Avoid the Ministry Mistress
Making Family Your Primary Ministry

 

Columns

Prequel: Free Will Baptists and the Heritage of Freedom

Pastoral Perspective: Importance of the Ministry of Presence