Gannon Sims

by Gannon Sims The little community of Red Oak is tucked into the deep woods that dominate the Southside Virginia landscape.  To get to the nearest restaurant, you’ve got to drive 15 miles to Clarksville. The nearest big box store is 30 miles away in Henderson, North Carolina. None of this was lost on Mike […]

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Gannon Sims

by Gannon Sims It happened in an unlikely place. It was Friday night. Pastor Abiel Hernandez was out to dinner with his wife Lynn. They arrived at the restaurant, were greeted at the hostess stand and were given one of those little pagers that have become standard operating procedure at restaurants on a Friday night. […]

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Gannon Sims

“We owe the Gospel to others. This is the debt we owe.” These hard-hitting words were delivered by Bishop Graham Cray in a sermon at the First Baptist Church of Alexandria, Virginia. You can listen to the sermon here. In the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the Romans, Paul writes of his service to […]

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Anyone familiar with the statistics of church decline knows that statistics don’t mean much unless they also show the story behind the numbers. And the words we use must be subjected to what a former U.S. Senator famously called the Dickey Flatt test. Dickey Flatt was a print shop owner in Mexia, Texas. And he […]

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Gannon Sims

Brian McLaren’s recent commentary at Patheos.com gives yet another example of the either/or approach that leaves the church stuck in neutral. Whether you agree with him or pray for him, on this issue McLaren gets this much right: For the most part, seminary grads are pleased with their education. All too often, churches without a […]

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