Helping the Hurting … Not Shaming the “Shamed”

NOTE – I am telling you this true story with the permission of the other individual but she will remain unnamed unless she decides to name herself. The year is 1984. I am a freshman in high school, 14 years old because I skipped 2nd grade, and my parents are serving at Buckner Children’s Home….

Single. Woman. Missionary. Oy Vey!

Aside from being the first woman to graduate from Liberty University with a PhD in Theology and Apologetics (2016), I also am a two-time graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MAComm, 1996; MATh, 2006). Being a graduate of SWBTS is in and of itself is not necessarily an unusual occurrence in the evangelical world for…

Resolution from Tzedakah Ministries for the SBC Convention…

Tzedakah Ministries under the auspices of our local church (Needham Road Baptist – Conroe, Texas) has submitted the following proposed resolution for the 2018 Convention. Please pray that it will be approved by the committee (without changes and/or watering down) and make it to the floor of the convention in Dallas in June. It is time!…

Sanctifying God’s Name

When I was in New York recently, I stopped by Eichler’s — a Jewish institution and bookstore in Boro Park. I was good and did not buy any books(!) but I did buy the magazine Jewish Action. This is the official magazine of the Orthodox Union and I found it fascinating and perhaps worthy of…

Missionary Methodology from the Middle Ages Raymond Lull (1232-1315/16)

In many regards, the primary missionary methodology of the Middle Ages was simply this one phrase – “Convert or Die.”  A horrible approach that is not only unbiblical but has brought reproach, recriminations and retribution upon true Christians even to this day. However, there were occasional glimpses and glimmers of true missionary lights in the…

Joseph Soloveitchik … Partially Correct

If you read the title and didn’t immediately move on to the next blog, had one of the three responses … Who in the world was/is Joseph Solevethcik? Has Tzedakah Ministries moved to the other side? Huh … Why should I bother reading this one? Let me answer in reverse order: (1) Give it a…

Vacuum of Leadership 

The other day while the chaos of Charlottesville was in the height of its disruption, I went to Twitter to see what some of the “failed” presidential candidates were saying about the issue of the day. For we all know they had to be thinking one of two things — “glad I am not having…

Melanin & the Imago Dei

The racial strife which has erupted around the United States over the last few months is heartbreaking. Watching the scenes of protests and counter-protests over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, are something that I thought impossible in this country in the 21st century. However, and alas, our nation appears to be at a tipping point…

A Spiritual Dunkirk…

Today I went to see the movie Dunkirk. A movie that while not perfect as either as cinema or history will shake you to the core with its recounting of courage, heartbreak and the beginning of ultimate victory against the Nazis in World War II. For while most Americans know little of this battle (unless…

Jayden K. Smith & the American Church

By now you have heard about the “Jayden K. Smith Hoax” that has “infected” (pardon the pun) Facebook. There was a widespread rumor that if you accepted a friend request from “Jayden K. Smith” that your Facebook account would be hacked and all sorts of horrible things would happen. This was all a lie! You…

Why Are We Afraid of the Word … HELL?

I buried a precious, dear, sweet friend today. She lived to an advanced age. She was surrounded by children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. She was also a Holocaust survivor.  She had survived hell on earth when a train car took her to the gates of Auschwitz. However, I just don’t know where she is now… …

Blessed with a Burden

There is a scene in the movie Freedom Writers that sticks with me. A father is talking to his teacher daughter and says to her, “You have been blessed with a burden.”  The imperfect movie is based upon the imperfect life of an imperfect teacher who sought to do the impossible – teach inner-city high school…