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Brent McDougal

When Helping Your Neighbor, There’s Always Enough

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

One Small Light Still Pierces the Deepest Darkness

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

Why Jesus’ Good Samaritan Can Change the World

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

What a Nation in Crisis Needs is Authentic Community

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

Profiles in Goodwill: Brent McDougal

Brent McDougal is senior pastor of Cliff Temple Baptist Church in Dallas. 1. Where did you grow up? I grew up mostly in Alabama (Birmingham and Montgomery), but I also lived in South Carolina and Ohio for several years. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Jesus calling the […] Read More

Why Did Church Stop Being a Place to be Vulnerable?

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

Finding Strength in Your Vulnerability

Once there was an astounding castle owned by the Castlereagh family, one of the most princely residences in Ireland. But the ancient home fell into decay, and the usual happened: When peasants wanted to repair a road or even construct a pigsty, they scavenged stone from the old dwelling. The stones were already craftily cut, […] Read More

This Powerful Tool Combats Negativity, Harsh Words

Aesop wrote a fable about a donkey who discovered a lion’s skin. He tried it on, strutted around and scared many animals. Soon a fox came along and the donkey tried to frighten him too. But when the fox heard the donkey’s voice, the fox said, “If you want to terrify me, you’ll have to […] Read More

6 Ways You Can Cultivate More Diverse Relationships

With all of the talk about how divided America is, I continue to believe that there is more that we have in common than what drives us apart. One fundamental need that all humans have is for deep, supportive relationships. Relationships make the difference when there’s mental distress, an economic crisis or a family loss. […] Read More

7 Ways You Can Reach Out to Others This Thanksgiving

Are you thankful for all the ways that God has been good to you this past year? And do you want to acknowledge the needs of others, even as you enjoy the benefits of God’s good gifts? Then make your Thanksgiving missional this year. The word missional simply points to how any everyday activity can […] Read More