Editorials
  • Jesus: a friend of sinners

    July 11 2017 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    For seven years in a row, the Biblical Recorder has published news in the month of June with the same basic headline. Each story reported the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) Annual Church Profile statistics from the previous year, and...

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  • Highlights worth sharing

    June 27 2017 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    Sorting through the layers of meetings, actions, recommendations, resolutions and motions from the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting in Phoenix is a challenging task.   Adequate news coverage is the result of the...

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  • They signed for your freedom

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

    In a few weeks, our nation will celebrate the birthday of the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 courageous men who represented 13 colonies.   While...

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  • Is fake news hurting your church?

    May 30 2017 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    We have been hearing a lot of talk about fake news. For those who are not sure what that is, Wikipedia offers this description. “Fake news is a type of yellow journalism that consists of deliberate misinformation or hoaxes spread via the...

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  • SBC Pastor’s Conference sets ‘firsts,’ needs help

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

    The Biblical Recorder, along with many other news and social media outlets, has written about the uniqueness of this year’s Pastor’s Conference (PC) prior to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in Phoenix, Ariz. In case you are not...

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  • How do we handle criticism?

    April 17 2017 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    Sometimes it helps to state the obvious. So, here goes my opening line. Churches are filled with humans. In other words, there is no chance for perfection in any church – zero chance! There is no perfect church. We’ve said that so many...

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  • Pence-Graham rule causes media frenzy

    April 4 2017 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    The media reported that Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch may make it through the confirmation process in the Senate. At the same time, headlines told us the repeal of Obamacare was disastrously dead. On international fronts, Russian President...

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  • What does March Madness have to do with the gospel?

    March 7 2017 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    Anyone who is remotely familiar with college basketball knows that March Madness is not a movie about anger management. Neither is it the latest novel about a crazy scientist. It is a colloquial phrase for the series of collegiate basketball games...

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  • HB2: Here we go again

    February 20 2017 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    Five years ago, North Carolinians were embroiled in a battle over an amendment to the state constitution that defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman. When all votes were counted from the May 8, 2012, referendum on the amendment...

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  • Rescue us from darkness

    January 24 2017 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    Matthew’s Gospel tells us that immediately after the temptation of Jesus, He began His public ministry quoting Isaiah 9:2, saying, “The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow...

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  • Defund Planned Parenthood now

    January 9 2017 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 1 comments

    Jan. 22 is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. The day gives pause for all Americans to reflect on more than 50 million lives lost and countless others damaged by the national license to conveniently destroy human life at will.   From the more...

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  • Most read editorials of 2016

    December 27 2016 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    The year 2016 was a crazy and often confusing year of social rebellion, moral deviation, political abnormality and spiritual conflict. Wow! I’m glad that one is over.   I don’t believe I need to regularly address every issue of...

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  • ‘Unto us’

    December 12 2016 by K. Allan Blume | with 0 comments

    I’ve sometimes wondered what Isaiah and those who read his prophecy were thinking when they heard this great text the Holy Spirit gave to the prophet.   “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government...

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  • IMB reset is working

    November 29 2016 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    Getting Baptists to agree on mission priorities is like the proverbial task of making sausage. Everyone wants their favorite ingredients in the mix, and by the time it's finished, we don’t necessarily want to know what’s in it. We...

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  • The Trump shock

    November 14 2016 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    The election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States has been called a shock wave, seismic tremor, social tsunami – and many other adjectives that describe radical surprise.   There has been an abundance of analysis...

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