Six Southern Baptist Stereotypes That Are True

I was raised baptist and have spent my entire life (a whopping nineteen years) as a member of a Southern Baptist church of some sort or another.  There’s a lot of misconceptions and myths about us out there, but there are some things that truly happen only within the confines of an SBC church.

This isn’t one of those deep thought lists that will make you think.  This is meant to be a fun, reflective look at some Southern Baptist stereotypes that actually appear to be true.

Here are six of them.

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A Quick Church Pre-Service Checklist

That time period from when the auditorium doors open to when the service starts is one of the most important times for guests at your church.  It’s awkward.  People kind of wander around until they find a seat that they like, some save seats, they talk amongst themselves, and for guests (and sometimes regulars!) it’s a strange time.

But there are some things you can do to minimize the awkwardness.  Consider it a condensed pre-service checklist.

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Church Dying Thom Rainer

Preferences Versus The Gospel

I read that quote in a Facebook post tonight and it really hit me.  It’s a sad reality in churches today where arguments seem to pop up about everything, from the style of worship music to the placement of a new water fountain (and yes, that one is true.)

Maybe some of you are looking for a church that checks all of the things on your list.  You want the music, preaching, small groups, environment, kids program, youth group, and everything else to be exactly the way you want it to be.

You’ll be dead before you find that church, because it doesn’t exist.

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Get Your Name on Social Media

Getting your actual name in your social media accounts is hard.  For example:

My website is

My Facebook is

My Twitter is

Find the one that is not like the other.  That last one is probably one of the most irritating things that has ever happened to me.   To make it worse, the individual who “owns” my name on Twitter hasn’t tweeted since October 30, 2012.

Consistency in this area is incredibly important now that profiles are being used more and more for practically everything, from resumes to getting connected in a company.  If someone is looking for you, their going to look for your name, not “dancergurl22″ or whatever stupid name you picked out in the sixth grade.

Luckily, there’s a tool that I’ve recently found very useful in determining what’s available and it’s called NameCHK.   Simply type in your desired name and it scans over 80 different networks to see if your name is available on each one.  You get instant and easy to read feedback and it is a great tool.

For starters, you should own your real name on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest.  Those are the “big five” in my opinion.  If you can’t get your real name, use something logical like your last name first.

So go see if your name is available and if it is, snap it up before someone else gets it!

Free Father's Day Slide

Free Father’s Day Slides

Looking for some free Father’s Day slides for your church?  These are just two simple and clean slides ideal for use as a background, announcement, or welcome slides during your services.

They are 1920×1080 JPG files and are free to download and use for whatever purposes you wish.  Preview them before downloading by clicking “continue reading.”

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The Highlight Project

I haven’t posted for ten days, and I apologize.  One of the things that has really been irritating me lately is the amount of negativity in the news and on social networks, and I’ve been thinking of a way to try and put the good acts in the spotlight.

Enter The Highlight Project, a new initiative to highlight all the good news in the world that isn’t covered by the networks, so therefore we usually don’t here about it.  I realize that there are some others that do this, but they’re not that visible and do not form a cohesive network.  That is what I am trying to do.

I’d love for you to help me in spreading the good by liking The Highlight Project on Facebook ( and Twitter (

Thank you!

We Are The Smiths

This is an incredible story of incredible faith in incredibly challenging times.   “We Are The Smiths” follows the Smith family through the battle with cancer that swept through their lives and the lives of those around them.  Through it all, God was still exalted and received all the glory.

This video was shown on Easter 2014 at NewSpring Church.  It’s almost 20 minutes long, but well worth your time.

Big credits to the NewSpring media teams for a job well done.

Adjust Mac Volume in Smaller Increments

It’s surprising how little Mac users know this trick.  For many people, the default volume increments on Macs are too big of a jump for many applications.  Luckily, there is a way to adjust your volume in smaller increments.

Instead of just tapping your volume buttons, hold down shift, option, and then adjust your volume using the volume adjustment keys (F11 and F12 on most Apple keyboards).  You will see that the volume jumps are much smaller now.

This can also be used with brightness settings by holding down shift, option, and then adjusting your brightness (F1 and F2 on most Apple keyboards).

This may be obvious to many of you, but there is a big number of people who don’t know this useful trick.