The Rev. Dr. James Barnette is associate professor of Religion and Director of Preministerial Scholars at Samford University in Birmingham, AL.
Jim is also the teaching pastor of Brookwood Baptist Church in Mountain Brook, AL.
He earned his bachelors from Samford, and his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Nobody can sour a Baptist gathering like a liquored-up prodigal.
Donny staggered into a post-worship service reception for prospective members in a downtown church where I served as interim pastor. Ordinarily, he would wander in before the worship service, asking for a few dollars. This time his arrival was later than usual. The prospective members, all decked out in Sunday best, tried hard not to appear offended.Read full transcript...