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If This Is Spring There Must Be A Tornado Somewhere

By on April 26, 2016

It occurred to me a few minutes ago that the scene here in my den is one of stark contrast. Our part of the world is under a tornado alert.  Schools, church services and businesses are canceled or closing early and I have the television on just to “be…

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How Can It Be So Good When It Feels So Bad

By on April 19, 2016

I often take the opportunity to repeat our family purpose statement that Jeannie and I forged together over three decades ago. Now that she is in heaven, and with the Lord, I still find that statement as true and applicable as ever. Our purpose is to be living illustrations…

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Two Sees & A Shout: How To Get Where You’re Supposed To Go

By on April 11, 2016

We had not been long in Zimbabwe before I began to realize the practical nature of the Zulu mind. Working among people who spent much of their time traveling on foot, I discovered that distance was not always measured in kilometers.

A friend’s house might simply be “two sees…

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Put Me On The “Needy” List…Please!

By on April 4, 2016

Wednesday night prayer meetings were a regular staple in the churches where I was reared under my father’s preaching. Several prayer request were so often repeated that I remember them to this day. We prayed for “All the starving in China,” (a genuine issue at a time of catastrophic…

Tom Elliff
Oklahoma City, OK

After pastoring for forty-two years, Tom Elliff served the International Mission Board, first as Senior Vice President for Spiritual Nurture and Church Relations from 2005-2009, then as President from 2011-2014. Tom served pastorates in Arkansas, Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma and as an IMB missionary in Zimbabwe. Tom also served as president of the SBC Pastor's Conference and two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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