Hazel the Dog

It's been awhile since I've posted anything.  And with all the heaviness in the world right now, I figured I would lighten things up by posting something on the warm and fuzzy side.


Do Southern Baptists Need the ERLC?

Let me get right to the point.  While I believe the tone of William Harrell’s recent blog post could be more charitable, (and I have no idea why he takes a swipe at Calvinists), I agree with his general thrust that it is time to “call it a day” on the ERLC.


Reflections on Serving as Second Vice-President of the MBC

Last week the annual meeting of the Missouri Baptist Convention was held in St. Charles and with it my term as second vice-president came to an end.  It was a great honor to serve in this role on the executive board. 


4 Questions to Determine God's Will

One question I think most Christians ask at one point or another in their walk with Christ is, “How do I know God’s will for this particular decision that I face?”


7 Truths for Christians to Remember on July 4th (From Romans 13)

Romans 13:1 - Truth #1: All governments are appointed by God.  All governments (even the wicked ones) are appointed by God for His purposes and to fulfill His sovereign plan for the world.


My Trip to Lesotho

Below is a letter I wrote to those who supported my recent mission trip to Lesotho.  I share it here with the hope it may spark some interest in someone else's heart for missions in Lesotho, or just missions in general.  If you, or your church, would like more information on partnering with the Floras to reach the mountain Basotho for Christ, please email me at the address on this blog. Thanks!


Good Ol' Grandpas & Mission Trips to Africa

It's been awhile since I posted anything, so I thought I would just give a personal update for those interested.


Fuller House: A Review for Christian Parents

As children of the 80’s and tweens of the early 90’s my wife and I were very excited to watch Fuller House – the Netflix reboot of the now-classic series, Full House.  In Fuller House all the original characters are back (minus the Olsen twins) and for the most part looking really good, albeit 30 years older than when the series began.


Five Principles for Spiritual Leadership from Galatians 2

In Galatians 2, Paul recounts the story of his trip to Jerusalem for what scholars commonly call the “Jerusalem Council.”  At this meeting, which is described in detail in Acts 15, church leaders debate whether or not Gentiles have to be circumcised in order to be saved.  Paul’s position is that this step is unnecessary and legalistic.  In Paul’s actions at this meeting, and an exchange shortly thereafter, we see five important principles for spiritual leadership:


Honored to Serve

Thank you to Missouri Baptists for electing me this week to serve as your second vice-president.  I am humbled by the opportunity.