A Field of Hedges: Men and the Fight for Purity

Through the years I’ve seen men struggle with their personal purity, many to victory and freedom. But sadly, some to their own demise. As I reflect on their struggles, I notice many battles are lost by a simple lack of discipline. Proverbs 5:23, “He dies for lack of...

Here I am! Send me.

Every time a person gives money to a Southern Baptist church a percentage of his or her gift goes directly into what is known as the Cooperative Program. At Coats Baptist, we’ve set that amount as 13%. Once at the CP, those monies are divided among Southern Baptist...

Why Coats Baptist Needs a Student Pastor

For nearly a decade, Anthony and Amy Beasley have served as leaders of our student ministry. As part-time lay leaders, they have done a fantastic job reaching students, making disciples, and equipping them for a life of missional service. We say a big “thank you!” to...

A Lasting Love

This past Saturday I had the privilege of officiating the wedding ceremony for a young couple in our church. As a pastor, weddings are highlights in my ministry. By the time of the ceremony, the couple and I have spent at least three months together in a premarital...

What is a Disciple?

Moving forward as a church requires diligent planning and sacrificial, relentless prayer. But it also requires going back to the basics, establishing some foundations and defining some terms. There is likely no better place to start than asking, “What is the purpose...
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