Dudley's Blog

The Night Jesus Was Born

The night Jesus was born, God gave us three extraordinary gifts. God’s first gift to us was love—a profound, intense, divine love. The almighty Creator of the universe set aside His magnificent power and glory and took on a human form to bring salvation to the world. “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal…

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When There’s Too Much to Say

From time to time, I will take a break from social media, knowing there are many important issues to discuss every week. Honestly, there are times when it’s too much—too many topics on which to voice opinions and concerns. As a pastor, I always have to pray and ask God whether or not I ought to comment on every political, social, and tragic story that hits the news. There are times I want to, but…

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Diversity in the Church: Christ’s Love for All

One way that Christians can demonstrate their love for Christ is by how they love people—all kinds of people.  Not just those who look like us or speak our language, but also those who come from different social and cultural backgrounds.  According to Ed Stetzer, a Christian pastor and researcher, diverse churches remain rare.  He wrote, “Everybody wants diversity, but many don’t want to be around people who are different.” The early Christian churches were…

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What is the Value of One Soul?

What is one soul worth to God? To truly understand the answer to this question helps us push past our fear of sharing our faith with others.  If we could begin to see every person we come across as an invaluable soul with an eternal destiny, it would change everything. Billy Graham once wrote, “The soul longs for God. Down deep inside every person’s heart is a cry for something, but he doesn’t quite know…

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