Guest Columns
  • Sports & our family

    September 22 2017 by David Cook, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Emily and I live among good outdoorsy people who love sports. Our town of 800 is crowned with a 340-acre park full of ball fields, hiking trails, a lake and campsites. If I want to spend time with young parents in our church, I know I can find them cheering at the ballfield.

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  • ‘Here I stand’: A reformation for every generation

    September 21 2017 by Michael Reeves, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    The trumpets blared as the covered wagon passed through the city gate. Thousands lined the streets to catch a glimpse of their hero, many more waving pictures of him from windows and rooftops. It was the evening of Wednesday, April 16, 1521, and Martin Luther was entering the city of Worms.

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  • A lifelong journey

    September 20 2017 by Paul Kim, Guest Column | with 4 comments

    It was in my senior year at the University of Hawaii at Hilo that I first felt the burden God laid on my heart. His call to full-time ministry came at a time when I was seeking God’s will as to what I should do after graduation. After a few months of prayer and confirmation, I surrendered to God’s will to enter the gospel ministry and committed to trusting my life into His hands.

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  • Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future

    September 19 2017 by J.D. Greear, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    People often ask me what the “secret” to enduring faith is. They want to make it all the way with Jesus, but they’re afraid that something might derail them along the way. When they ask this, I know they’re expecting some spiritual advice – possibly a theological truth or a key spiritual discipline.

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  • Despite wind, rain & floods, what can we learn?

    September 15 2017 by Gerald Harris, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    My heart goes out to all those severely impacted by the hurricanes that have swept through the Caribbean and onto the U. S. mainland. Harvey, Irma and the consequent tornados have wrought havoc in Texas, Florida and some contiguous states.   We certainly can lament the howling winds, torrential rain and flooding ask, “Why has this befallen us?” We can agonize about damaged property and dwell on the loss of public services and the daunting problem of cleaning up after the storm.

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  • ‘It’s time to fly!’

    September 13 2017 by Nate Adams, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Boarding a small airplane, I immediately noticed the cheerful demeanor of the lone flight attendant. It was early in the morning, and amidst the crowd of bleary-eyed passengers shuffling onto the plane, she beamed like a ray of sunshine.   After welcoming us on board and making sure we were all buckled in and our carry-on luggage stowed, she proceeded to give us the prescribed safety instructions that anyone who has flown often could probably recite from memory.

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  • Letter to pastors in the hurricane zones

    September 12 2017 by Joe McKeever, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    The horrors of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma tell us anew that these are scary times.   For those of us who came through Katrina in 2005, nothing about this is fun. We recall all too well the hundreds of deaths, flooded neighborhoods, destroyed churches and uprooted lives.

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  • They took it

    September 11 2017 by Kevin Parker, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    I never cease being amazed at the spiritual openness and curiosity of people.   On one hand, I hear talk about the deplorable moral condition of our nation. On the other hand, I hear Jesus saying “look,” “go” and “love.

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  • Flood relief in Jesus’ name

    September 8 2017 by Diana Davis, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    We all watched on television and social media, aghast, as Hurricane Harvey and its floods devastated much of south Texas and adjacent parts of Louisiana. Praise God that His people and His churches have shown His love in amazing ways – heroic rescues; provision of food, water, shelter and clothing; helping and hugging; and compassionate chaplaincy.

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  • John the Baptist & The Nashville Statement

    September 7 2017 by Owen Strachan, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Just days ago, the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) released, in partnership with the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), “The Nashville Statement” on biblical sexuality. The document is truly a landmark in theological history.

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  • The blind spots of slavery

    September 6 2017 by Terry M. Turner, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    A local newspaper interviewed me for a special feature several years ago, asking me, “Who is your favorite preacher of all times?”   Having studied church history, the names of George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards immediately came to my mind.

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  • Red Hair Harbor

    September 1 2017 by Frankie J. Melton Jr., Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Red Hair Harbor is a place I will never forget. I was on a mission trip in southern Taiwan in the city of Kaohsiung with a team from South Carolina. We spent our days walking the streets looking for opportunities to share the Good News about Jesus, praying earnestly for open doors to shine the light.

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  • The curious case of Demas

    August 31 2017 by Doug Munton, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    I am curious about a biblical character named Demas.   He is only mentioned three times in the New Testament. But there is intrigue and mystery and disappointment surrounding him. What happened? Where did it go wrong?   Demas is mentioned in Philemon 24 along with other, more prominent names like Mark and Luke.

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  • Scary awesome

    August 30 2017 by Waylon Bailey, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    My wife Martha and I had the opportunity to make a trip to Yellowstone National Park this summer. It has always been one of the places she particularly wanted to go.   We also visited the Grand Teton National Park which is only a few miles from Yellowstone.

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  • Without community the mission suffers

    August 29 2017 by Vance Pitman, IMB | with 0 comments

    The notion of following Jesus outside of a community of believers is on the rise across the United States. Increasingly, believers are opting for digital downloads of Sunday services as opposed to gathering together with brothers and sisters in Christ to hear the Word preached and to worship Him together.

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