Saturday Shout-Outs: Ridgecrest, Bailey, & Ministry Links

It was a joy to speak this week at the Black Church Life and Family Conference at Ridgecrest. Grateful for this Lifeway event to train and equip African-American churches to make disciples. Because of a scheduling mix-up, I was not able to attend the E.K. Bailey Preaching Conference for the first time in eight years. But […]

Saturday Shout-Outs: Sterling, Castile, & Dallas

With the filmed police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge (LA) and Philando Castile in St. Paul (MN), along with the attack on police officers in Dallas, this has been a long, grief-filled, and troubling week. Issues of race, law, guns, class, and politics have dominated the discussions of these matters. However, the solutions to […]

Saturday Shout-Outs: TGC, Aysia, OKC, & Ministry Links

Congratulations to my niece, Aysia Smith, on graduating today from California State University in Sacramento! It was a joy to talk in biblical preaching at the inaugural John A. Reed Jr. Institute at the Fairview Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. I was privileged to attend the board meeting of The Gospel Coalition in Chicago. I […]

Saturday Shout-Outs: Evangelism, Mary Wade, & Ministry Links

My wife, Crystal, and I am in Los Angeles today to attend the memorial service for my pastor’s (Dr. Melvin V. Wade, Sr.) mother: Mrs. Mary Wade. Prayers appreciated. Shout-Out to R. Wayne Briant for the opportunity to speak at the Southwest Florida Evangelistic Conference with Dr. Stephen Nelson Rummage in Sarasota this past Monday. Check […]

Saturday Shout-Outs: 43 Years, OKC, & Ministry Links

Thank you to everyone who sent kind words for my birthday this week (2/11). I was already an old man at 21-years-old. At 43, I am now ancient!!! A big shout-out to my Mom, Ellen Charles, whose birthday is the day before mine (2/10). She usually comes to JAX for us to spend our birthdays together. […]