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Author Brent McDougal

Brent McDougal is senior pastor of Cliff Temple Baptist Church in Dallas.

Our nation is like a patchwork tapestry. Its beauty derives from its various colors and shapes, but common threads unite its form. While our nation frays at the seams, the common thread to knit us together is neighborliness. […] Read More

Jesus’ approach toward women was one of equality, dignity and empowerment, but many churches have fallen short of his example. Here are 3 ways your church can affirm the equal value and importance of women. […] Read More gathers a community who make a difference, unafraid to address timely issues that churches would rather not discuss. That’s why I support […] Read More

Many young people today lack a belief that things can and will get better. While they have great hopefulness for a better world, they have little confidence that things will get anything but worse. […] Read More

The U.S. has a crisis of truth-telling. It’s among our top leaders and permeates our culture. Christians must be different, letting people know something greater than ourselves is at work in us. […] Read More

There’s not enough time, not enough money, not enough margin. We can’t give more to help those in need; what if we don’t have enough for ourselves? It’s not about abundance or scarcity; it’s about sufficiency. […] Read More

I’d never experienced total darkness before spending a night in a cave. Fifteen of us, three adults and 12 youth, entered Alabama’s Desoto Caverns in the daylight with headlamps and sleeping bags. After viewing stalactites, stalagmites and strange insects, our guide prepped us for the night ahead. “It’s going to be dark,” he said. “Really […] Read More

We show love for God by the way that we show love for neighbors, which is always measured by what we do, not what we say. Like Bob Goff says, “Love does.” This was the central message of a recent sermon I preached on Luke 10:25-37’s Parable of the Good Samaritan. It’s tangible and practical, […] Read More

The kickoff of the college football season has always excited me. I love a packed stadium with 50,000 or even 100,000 fans pulsating with excitement, announcers yelling, fans screaming. There’s nothing like game day. For three to four hours, fans come together to cheer their favorite teams and forget about pressures, politics and the world’s […] Read More

One of the joys of being a pastor is that I get invited into some very sacred spaces. I’m not talking about actual places or buildings, but the inner experience of individuals, the holiest of holy places where people dwell. It’s a privilege to be welcomed into those spaces as people share their longings, hopes, […] Read More