The Last Visit: A Loving Remembrance of Kenneth Byrum

You may not know Kenneth Byrum.

Kenneth Byrum was an ordained United Methodist minister and missionary for nearly 60 years. He served in Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Texas. As a skilled brick mason, he did major renovations and new building projects at almost every appointment where he served. He was survived by his wife, Lois, 4 married daughters and 4 sons-in-law, 8 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren.

I am grandchild number three and on January 8th, I had the privilege of preaching at my Grandpa’s memorial service.

In this post, I want to share two remembrances that were shared at that memorial service: The Last Visit (written by my Mom), and This One Thing Remains (written by me).

What Are Your Disciple Making Goals for 2015?

Millions of people will soon be writing down their New Year Resolutions. We might decide to eat healthier and exercise more, but will disciple making be a goal in 2015?

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Making disciples is a spiritual exercise but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t set goals and develop a strategy.

Satan has a strategy.

He has a disciple destroying strategy and it is extremely effective. He has a goal and that is to undermine the work of God.

Satan has been perfecting his strategy for millennia and he’s using it on you. Today.

NYC Mayor and Board of Education Want To Use Church Space For UPK Expansion

In recent months, Mayor Bill de Blasio has asked religious institutions to help with his expansion of prekindergarten in New York City. Who benefits the most from this arrangement? Should churches be serving the city in this way? Or are there better ways to help?


On September 4th, 53,000 four year olds in New York City walked into a classroom for the very first time. Some of those classrooms are in community-based or faith-based organizations, including churches. By next year the mayor has promised an additional 20,000 openings. In an effort to generalize the UPK experience across such a diverse array of facilities, the NYC Board of Education has published a set of guidelines that are to be used by religious schools and other faith-based organizations.

3 Reasons You Need To Know Jesus

What if Mark’s Gospel had been written as a series of blog posts? Here’s what he might have to say about Jesus based on Mark chapter one verse one.

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The Beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. – Mark 1:1

Everyone needs to know Jesus.

Why? Here are 3 reasons that come to mind:

1. Jesus is King

The word “gospel” means “good news”.

But not everyday good news. Like, “Gospel! My indigestion seems to be clearing up!”

More like, “Gospel! A king has been born.” Or, “Have you heard the gospel? Our king conquered the enemy army!”

David Platt: Newly Elected President of the IMB

David Platt has been selected as the new president of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.


I find it important to highlight this breaking news because of the strategic importance of the IMB and because of my respect for David Platt.

If you don’t know about David or the IMB, let me give a brief introduction of my own and then share a few resources to help you get to know the man and the mission.