Take care of yourself, preacher
“Take care of yourself.”  It’s something we often say when parting like “drive safely,” “have a good time” and “see you soon."  More than just good advice, this is something which pastors need to hear and heed.

Recent research by Duke Divinity School has confirmed what I’ve heard for many years … that is, that clergy are generally in poorer health than the general population.

On Talk of the Nation (a PBS show) the host summarized the research this way:  “Priests, ministers, rabbis and imams are generally driven by a sense of duty to answer calls for help and to do the best they can to serve others. But recent research shows that in many cases, they rarely find time for themselves and as a result suffer from higher rates of depression, obesity and high blood pressure.  Many clergy members simply burn out.”
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I'm not ashamed, though some might think I should be
Last month the Indonesian Baptist Church asked me to talk with them about our Baptist distinctives.  Over the last twenty-plus years there has been a trend away from identifying oneself as Baptist so I was honored to be given this assignment.  As I prepared I realized once again that I'm not ashamed to be a Baptist and I think I need to say so.

Two things set us apart as Baptists.  While they are not unique or exclusive to Baptists, combined they make us who we are.
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Celebrating 175 years!

The local church is the hope of the world. The association exists to enhance the work of the local church and to multiply its effect by bringing churches together to do more than they could do individually or separately. For 175 years that has been the legacy of Union Baptist Association. . . .

We face the significant challenge of reaching our rapidly-growing, highly diverse city with the gospel of Christ. Throughout the years UBA has adapted to become what churches needed it to be in order to support their work and we will continue to do so.

Our context may change. Our strategy may change, but the mission of the association will remain the same-to support the work of UBA churches as they fulfill their Great Commission responsibilities. Read full post here.