Editorials
  • Remove ‘great and very serious disadvantages’

    July 23 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    Pastor, if you announce an event or a church strategy one time to your church family, everyone gets it; they all leave the service fully informed, right? Wrong! Even after the second announcement, printing it in a worship bulletin, running the...

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  • ‘Post-truth’ strikes close to home

    June 26 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    In 2016, Oxford Dictionaries declared “post-truth” the international word of the year and added it to their dictionary. The action was prompted by the intense debates surrounding that year’s “Brexit” vote for Great...

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  • Revival, judgment and the SBC mess

    May 29 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 2 comments

    An ominous spirit has fallen on the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). We have problems that can no longer be ignored or swept under the rug. Gut wrenching honesty is not an optional course to consider. It is the only option.   Pastors...

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  • Are we teachable?

    May 1 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    What is the most significant step a Christian can take to live fully for God’s purpose and glory? Some may answer by quoting the great commandment – love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. Others will likely...

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  • Remember history’s bad, good lessons

    April 17 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 2 comments

    History has some messages for us. Some very evil people in places of leadership have done great harm. Some very godly people in places of leadership have done great good. Both lessons should not be forgotten.   Auschwitz was a Nazi death...

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  • Reflections on a visit to Israel

    March 19 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 1 comments

    Through more than 40 years of ministry, I’ve heard the refrain from friends, “Every Christian should visit the Holy Land – especially pastors, teachers and church leaders.” The Bible will come alive, they say. It’s...

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  • Franklin Graham: Father’s ‘journey is complete’

    March 5 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    It is fitting that North Carolina Baptists’ news journal, the Biblical Recorder, dedicated the March 10 print edition to the most famous Southern Baptist in history. Billy Graham was a North Carolina native, a life-long resident and an...

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  • Are church attenders good disciple-makers?

    February 5 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    It’s time to stop attending church. If you’re shocked at that statement, give me a chance to explain. Have you noticed the shift in the language we use to describe our relationship with a specific church? There was a time when we...

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  • Why Baptists have state newspapers

    January 8 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    Communication is the lifeblood of relationships. Families function well and enjoy healthy, happy relationships to the extent that communication remains strong. This is also true in the worlds of business, government and the local church.  ...

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  • You can’t please everyone

    December 28 2017 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    I began delivering the afternoon newspaper in my rural Charlotte neighborhood as a 9-year-old boy. There were some hazards in that job. Dogs chased me almost every day, and I was the recipient of a few bites from our canine companions.  ...

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  • What’s cooking?

    December 12 2017 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    In creation God designed mankind to have five senses. He generously gave us abilities to see, hear, touch, taste and smell.   Each of these gifts has an important role in our survival, but they also contribute to the pleasures of life. The...

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  • Your Biblical Recorder: Good news and bad news

    November 13 2017 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    On Tues., Nov. 7, I briefly addressed the messengers and guests at North Carolina Baptists’ annual meeting in Greensboro. I want all of our readers to know what I shared and why it is very important to the Kingdom work God has called us to...

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  • Who will perish?

    October 31 2017 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    Driving down an interstate highway recently, I noticed the gasoline gauge was sending me a message. I understood the message. Find a gas station!   Soon I was driving up an exit ramp where a traffic signal made me stop long enough to see a...

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  • We can’t do it alone

    October 16 2017 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    I believe the most profound moment in life is when we discover our limitations and admit we need others. What we thought could be accomplished alone just can’t be done unless others are invited to share the load. The barriers of self...

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  • Another church closes

    October 2 2017 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 1 comments

    I am deeply disturbed. I am troubled by the overwhelming lostness in our state, nation and world. I am concerned about the widespread hostility toward the Christian faith, Christians and churches – especially in the United States. But even...

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