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Author Danny Chisholm

Danny Chisholm is senior pastor of University Heights Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri.

U.S. churches don’t have to worry about the hardship of persecution. As a result, they often don’t realize or give thanks for the little things given to them every day. […] Read More

First Lady Barbara Bush’s funeral was an inspiring and, for a brief moment, refreshing display of a kinder, gentler time in U.S. politics. David Priess posted an amazing photo on his Twitter feed of each of the presidents in attendance and their wives. He made this comment, “Each president in this photo did things I […] Read More

Baptists are a “people of the book.” That book, of course, is the Bible. Through the years, however, Baptists have had blind spots when it comes to what exactly the Scripture says to us. The Bible is an extremely popular subject; the book remains the best-seller among all books. Despite its popularity, there remains disagreement […] Read More

There are more payday and title loan stores in Missouri than Starbucks, Wal-Marts and McDonalds combined. I’ve heard this statement more times than I can recall. It has been a wake-up call for me in terms of understanding the gravity of the predatory loan problem in the Show Me State. The nature and extent of […] Read More

The origin of a story about an eccentric boy who never grows up is the subject of the movie, “Finding Neverland.” Johnny Depp plays J.M. Barrie, a struggling writer who was inspired through a friendship with the Davies family to write a play called “Peter Pan.” As opening night approaches, the theater owner voices his […] Read More

Colin Kaepernick has inspired a lot of people to stand up for the American flag. All he did was remain seated during the national anthem of a preseason football game. He explained his rationale. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and […] Read More

One of the most difficult jobs during a presidential election has to be that of a pastor. Although noticing a number of ministers openly endorsing one candidate or another, I’ve often thought that this action could alienate members of his or her congregation. Like many churches, the congregation I pastor is not uniform when it […] Read More

There are more payday loan and title loan companies in Missouri than Starbucks, McDonald’s and Wal-Marts combined. Think about that. It’s hard to imagine being charged 450 percent on a 30-day loan for $650, but I saw one of these loan applications for myself. I cannot imagine what it is like for persons who have […] Read More

We buried the Alleluia on Feb. 14. It was strange to do this on Valentine’s Day, but we made it work. On this first Sunday of Lent, several children came down the center aisle carrying a banner that had one word on it: Alleluia. They went to the chancel area, folded the banner and placed […] Read More

I learned recently that one of my fellow pastor friends agreed to serve on a political committee to get one of his party’s candidates elected president of the United States. My friend is currently serving as a pastor of a local church. I am disappointed that he is taking such a prominent role in influencing […] Read More