Entries by Dr. Steve Horn

The Dog Days of Summer

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:14 (NIV) “The Dog Days of Summer” is an expression that one hears often in baseball. The phrase comes from the very challenging days of playing baseball in the heat of the summer. […]

What is Keeping You from Being Baptized?

The president of the Southern Baptist Convention, J.D. Greear, has challenged all Southern Baptist churches to baptize on September 8. I join him in issuing this call to our Louisiana Baptist churches. If you do not have someone ready to be baptized, you still have a couple of weeks. Work hard! If you still do […]

What is the Significance of Baptism?

Hopefully you have heard about a call by our SBC president, J.D. Greear, to have a Baptism Sunday on September 8. What if every Southern Baptist church baptized just one on that one day? I determined a number of years ago as pastor to preach on baptism at least once a year. I used that […]

Back to School Praying

Since 1975 when I started kindergarten, every August has meant “back to school.” Every August, I have either been a student, the husband of a school teacher, the pastor of a church with a school, or the parent of a student. That is a lot of back to school prayers (and a lot of tuition). […]

Is Having Nothing to Say a Sign of Weakness or Cowardice?

I get called on a lot to make a statement. I get that. People are looking for an encouraging word or a wise word. But, what about those times when I have nothing to say. No words! That’s how I feel today. I mean I have preached after Oklahoma City, 9-11, Wedgewood Church Shooting, Sutherland […]


When I was in college, I was invited to attend an “Advance” sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I had been on retreats before, but I had never heard of an “Advance.” When I asked about the meaning of an “Advance,” my leader asked if I had ever been on a retreat. When I indicated […]

God Does Not Make Mistakes

You have heard that God does not make mistakes! We do, but God does not. I experienced this last week while in El Salvador. I travelled with Compassion International to El Salvador. My trip was primarily to check on a church partnership that had been started with Compassion in May 2018. The idea of our […]

God’s Timing

I already believed that God’s timing is always perfect. I experienced that again last week while visiting El Salvador with Compassion International. Compassion values that their ministry be Christ-centered, church-based, and child-focused. I witnessed the success of their keeping these values during my stay in El Salvador last week. Here’s my story about the perfection […]

Reflections on this Week

We need each other. We knew this already, but we seem to forget this too often. Seeing people help each other from every walk of life is rewarding even in the midst of tragedy We need God. Without a spiritual compass that points to an empty cross, an empty tomb, and an awaiting eternal glory […]