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Author Brent McDougal

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

Living Deliberately

In the 1840s, Henry David Thoreau walked away from his everyday life in Concord, Mass., in exchange for an intentional, uncomplicated life. “I went to the woods,” Thoreau wrote in Walden, “because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had […] Read More

Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote to Alabama clergymen his open Letter from Birmingham Jail on April 16, 1963. The religious leaders questioned King’s tactics and timing, arguing for negotiation over direct action, forbearance over acquiescence to unjust laws, patience over urgent demand for justice. King decried their pleas as indicative of the “wait” for constitutional […] Read More

Wired for Ministry

Pastors and other Christian leaders often find themselves treading water in the rising flood of technology and its ministry applications. They ponder how the digital revolution can enhance community and personal/corporate connectivity with church members. They wonder what technologies will best serve the church and how to get started. Furthermore, most leaders intuitively realize the […] Read More

Joining the Dance

When congregations dream about what might happen if their feet began to move to the lively, hypnotic rhythm of God’s Spirit, they often find themselves standing against the wall of the ballroom, unsure of the place of the Spirit in communal life. Too often believers perceive a false choice between the frightening, mosh-pit chaos of […] Read More

With each compelling story in Water in the Wastelands, a new thread joins with others to form a solid, resilient cord of truth: through shared suffering, God’s children partake of a sacrament that binds people of faith together, parses out hope where there seemingly is none and offers strength in the midst of life’s most […] Read More

With each compelling story in Water in the Wastelands, a new thread joins with others to form a solid, resilient cord of truth: through shared suffering, God’s children partake of a sacrament that binds people of faith together, parses out hope where there seemingly is none and offers strength in the midst of life’s most […] Read More

In recent months, leaders including Trent Lott, Rick Santorum and State Senator David Fowler of Tennessee have drawn criticism for off-the-cuff remarks relative to race, poverty and homosexuality. Some remarks were defended, some denied, some apologized for, some regretted. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” /> But the pattern has been to rationalize that […] Read More

If youth workers will consider the vision that Gary Haugen has put forth in Good News About Injustice—allowing the Scriptures to seep within their hearts and challenge their view of God, humanity and the oppressed—they will certainly be changed. To say that Haugen speaks courageously and passionately is not enough. To say that he speaks […] Read More

Human rights issues, at least for now, will never win or lose presidential elections. But they do provide a gauge for how presidents will respond to human suffering once elected. Sometime in the next president’s administration, people in another country will be driven from their homes and massacred; religious leaders will disappear in the middle […] Read More