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Dr. Steve Bezner

Senior Pastor

Room for Moore

Why we need room for a variety of positions on women in the SBC…The discussion began as many contemporary theological discussions do: a back-and-forth on Twitter. Owen Strachan, Associate Professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary tweeted the following: “Complementarians disagree cheerfully about much. One thing we have massive agreement on: women do not preach on Sunday to the church. Doing so…

Why Christians Oppose Abortion

I believe that discussion—true discussion—begins by understanding the position of those with whom you dialogue. If media—broadcast, print, and social—are any indication, then our nation is in a dialogue crisis, for we do not understand the position of the other. This is no more obvious on any issue than that of abortion. Public debate regarding abortion policy has devolved into a name-calling…

Forgiveness Language

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”—Luke 23:34  “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”—Romans 5:8  Believe it or not, a grammar discussion led me to re-think forgiveness. I was listening to a sermon by Jon Tyson when he mentioned Jesus’ words at his crucifixion: “Father, forgive them, for…

Pleased to Be Crushed: One Houstonian Reflects One Year After Hurricane Harvey

Pleased to Be Crushed: One Houstonian Reflects One Year After Hurricane Harvey Sunrise over Houston Northwest Church campus about a week after Hurricane Harvey. Things happen. Sometimes, they are bad. A year ago, the church I pastor was flooded by Hurricane Harvey. And, a year later, I’m finally beginning to understand what happened to me as a result. I used to love…

Spurgeon for Plumbers

They read from the book, from the law of God, translating to give the sense so that they understood the reading.—Nehemiah 8:8 “Muddy water is no sign the spring is deep.”—W.T. Conner Education was not highly valued in rural Cooke County, Texas, in 1970. To make matters worse, Phil Young needed to help his father on the family farm. So he decided to…

What I Saw in Dallas: A Report From the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention

Image: Shutterstock. First things first: Southern Baptists aren’t like other denominations. The most significant distinction is the nature of voluntary cooperation. The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) does not have a (official) hierarchy. Heck, the SBC isn’t even really a denomination — at least not in the Mainline Protestant sense. Each SBC church owns its own property. Each SBC church controls its individual church practices…

The Painful, Stinky Truth About Growth: Lessons From Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey — Image Courtesy of nasa.gov I won’t sugar coat it. 2017 was hard. But I can’t lie. I — and our church — grew in 2017. I’m not talking numerical growth. I’m talking spiritual growth. So what happened? On August 25, Hurricane Harvey hit our city and our church. Even now, four months after the fact, I struggle to find…

HARVEY UPDATE | Saturday (9.9)

The work doesn’t stop. Everyone doesn’t have to the same thing but everyone should do something. We are all in this together. Whether you’re encouraging others, praying for victims and workers, mudding out a home, buying donations, hauling in donations, helping unload donations, giving money towards the cause, or anything – we all play a…

#HARVEY UPDATE | Tuesday

DAILY UPDATE | Tuesday, 9.5.2017 Although rescue has completed for the city, we’re working towards relief, recovery and rebuilding in different parts of the city at the same time. What does that look like at HNW? CASH DONATIONS: Thank you to everyone who has given so generously through welovehou.com! Our goal is to raise $500,000 to give…