When You Feel Damaged, Invisible, Irrelevant and Ashamed

One day, a friend named Jane sent me the following email: Dear Scott, Can I be honest with you? Can I share with you about some of the demons that haunt me? It feels risky to say these sorts of things to my pastor, but here goes… I doubt my love for Jesus, sometimes I […]


Times of Refreshing

This month’s Pastor’s Perspective is delivered by Pastor’s Perspective by Matt Albritton, First UMC Wetumpka On Sunday, February 6, 1763, John Wesley wrote in his journal: “Knowing many were greatly tempted on occasion of these occurrences, I preached on 1 Corinthians 10:13, ‘God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you […]


Hope for Busted Up Sinners like Me

For honest Christians (should there be any other kind?),becoming like Jesus Christ—or what Scripture callssanctification— is often ananticlimactic process. No matter how much better we become over time, no matter how much more loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled we are this year compared to last year (Galatians 5:22-23), we never […]


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Perfect Prayers For You

This month’s Pastor’s Perspective is delivered by Grady Smith, Head Pastor of Gateway Baptist Church What difference has it made in your life when someone has prayed for you? Have you ever been struggling with a sin, and had a fellow church member stop, encourage you, and pray for strength for you? Have you ever been […]


Are You a People Builder-Upper?

This month’s Pastor’s Perspective is delivered by Mark Bethea, First Baptist Church, Montgomery Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Recently I received a text message in the middle of the day that simply read, “I’m praying for you right now.” Six simple words that […]


A Father’s Blessing

This month’s Pastor’s Perspective is delivered by Dr. Teman Knight, Heritage Baptist Church, Montgomery The Bible describes three types of blessings. First, we are blessed by God because he has done for us what we could not do for ourselves. Ephesians 1:3 tells us, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, […]

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Damaged Humans and the Kindness of Jesus

I love how Jesus related to damaged, condemned people. Don’t you? This is what happens in a group of people who have sound theology but are lacking in love. A Colosseum culture develops. Everyone rallies around a common enemy—the sinner. Robbers, evildoers, tax collectors, adulterers and adulteresses. And then the pouncing and the piling on. […]


Unanswered Prayer?

This month’s Pastor’s Perspective is delivered by Dr. Chris Montgomery, Frazer Memorial UMC. When it comes to the topic of unanswered prayer, the first thing we have to ask ourselves is, is there such a thing as unanswered prayer? While there may be a gap between the moment we pray a prayer and the moment we […]


The Tale of Two Gardens

This month’s Pastor’s Perspective is delivered by Dr. Peyton Hill, First Baptist Church, Prattville This month Christians will remember the death and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Good Friday and Easter Sunday form the central event of history. Most churches will gather in some way to sing songs of the cross and the empty tomb, […]


Choosing to Grow

This month’s Pastor’s Perspective is delivered by Father Andrew Rowell, Christchurch Montgomery Scripture doesn’t tell us much about Jesus’s early years. For the most part, God’s Word summarizes the thirty years between Jesus’s birth and His baptism in Luke 2:52, where we learn that Jesus “grew in the knowledge and stature of the Lord.” Not […]