Guest Columns
  • SBC decline: Is it really as bad as it sounds?

    July 22 2019 by Steve Scoggins | with 0 comments

    If you only read the headlines that appear in the media, you would conclude the sky is falling on American Christianity. That is not true. Glenn Stanton has summarized several legitimate studies of religion in America to give us a hopeful...

  • Thankful for FUGE

    July 18 2019 by Nathan A. Finn | with 0 comments

    Sitting in a rocking chair on a balcony at Ridgecrest Conference Center near Black Mountain, N.C., I listened to teenagers below sing the popular worship songs “What a Beautiful Name” and “No Longer Slaves.”   ...

  • Those who weep

    July 17 2019 by Erich Bridges | with 0 comments

    Recently I spent time with two old friends. Both are grieving.   One just lost his mother to cancer. The other lost his wife – also to cancer – three years ago. His best friend died of a massive heart attack a few weeks ago...

  • In a small village in the Levant, ISIS is gone. The bombs have been silenced. The violence has passed. In its place is a stillness – a darkness that hovers, testifying to what happened here. Some call it terrorism, some call it religion...

  • ‘My heart’s primary focus’

    July 15 2019 by Gary W. Hawkins | with 0 comments

    My Native American family of Creek and Cherokee descent was at best a nominal Christian family, but as a child I have fond memories of Vacation Bible School and going to church on rare occasions.   Although I wasn’t taught the Word of...

  • Surfer Bethany Hamilton faces new challenges in ‘Unstoppable’

    America first saw Bethany Hamilton as the 13-year-old surfer who lost her arm to a tiger shark.   ES Entertainment photo Bethany Hamilton remains one of the surfing world's stars more than 15 years after losing...

  • What women need

    July 9 2019 by Kassie Prather | with 0 comments

    While working with a program that prepared couples for long-term missions, I began to notice a deeply troubling gap in the expectations and the definitions of spiritual excellence for males and females.   Husbands...

  • A North Carolina path for affordable ministerial education

    July 8 2019 by Steve Scoggins, BSC president | with 0 comments

    I recently was made aware of a change that will enable more students to pursue quality ministerial education in North Carolina. For years, the Charles B. Keesee Scholarship has helped pay tuition for North Carolina students when they pursued their...

  • Painful, joyous confession

    July 3 2019 by Veronica Greear | with 0 comments

    “I’m just sayin’.”   “I’m just being honest.”   “TBH” (To Be Honest)   “No offense, but ... (cue offensive statement).”  ...

  • Explainer: What’s happening with children at the southern border?

    July 1 2019 by Travis Wussow and Jeff Pickering, ERLC | with 0 comments
    Explainer: What’s happening with children at the southern border?

    Recent outcry over issues at the United States-Mexico border broke out after reporting from the Associated Press revealed unconscionable conditions for child migrants in government custody in a facility near El Paso, Texas. The AP story...

  • Why my singleness matters

    July 1 2019 by Anna Schaeffer | with 0 comments

    If my life played out according to the plan designed by my childhood dreams, I would be married by now with a couple of kids, a car big enough to transport everyone to the beach, and a mortgage on a cute little home.   ...

  • ‘Undo’ – a key we all need

    June 27 2019 by Robert Lopez | with 0 comments

    At the beginning of the ‘80s when I started as a pastor, I used a classic typewriter that a member of my church gave me.   I wrote my messages with the typewriter as well as the church bulletin, which I...

  • Making a connection

    June 26 2019 by Doug Munton | with 0 comments

    I moved several times as a boy, and it wasn’t much fun.   Each time I had to overcome old fears, break down unseen barriers and make new friends. I never liked that feeling of being an outsider. I haven’t forgotten how it felt...

  • Help share the ‘Word’ on the opioid epidemic

    June 21 2019 by Robert E. Jordan | with 0 comments

    I need a sermon occasionally for a special emphasis in the church I serve. Even after 40-plus years of preaching, I enjoy an outline that sparks my interest and provides me with the basis for a special sermon.   Thankfully our mission...

  • Maximize your vacation

    June 18 2019 by Randy C. Davis | with 0 comments

    I love vacations, but I have to work at them. I have trouble “turning off” the ministry mode.   When my youngest daughter was about 11, she said, “Daddy, I bet these folks hate to hear you&rsquo...

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