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Author Jonathan Davis

I had no idea what to expect when I got off the plane in Wisconsin for the third national Baptist-Muslim Dialogue. I was honored to have been asked to represent a delegation of Baptists for this historic meeting held on April 16-19. After the meeting, I remain absolutely humbled by being in the presence of […] Read More

Rural churches and ministries face numerous challenges in the 21st century. At some point in a minister’s career, the likelihood of serving in a small-town church seems high, especially if the person transitions from the role of an associate minister to that of a senior pastor. I and many of my friends from seminary have […] Read More

Every Wednesday night, like many churches, our church has a prayer meeting followed by a Bible study. Several months ago, on Epiphany Sunday, I preached a sermon on listening to the Spirit’s voice, and like the Magi from the east, following the signs that God places in our lives. The following Wednesday, a dear friend […] Read More

What are some temptations that small-town pastors face? I’ve been reflecting on this question while working on a sermon series based on Jesus’ three temptations in Matthew 4. For Jesus, the first temptation was the temptation of sustenance – relying on something other than God to sustain him. The second temptation was for power – […] Read More

Homelessness is a significant problem in rural settings – if you can find the rural homeless, that is. Moreover, funding for state and federal dollars is often attached to the number of homeless people identified during a federally mandated annual reporting period. A recent report by the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues based […] Read More