Guest Columns
  • The end never justifies the means

    November 11 2019 by Octavio J. Esqueda | with 0 comments

    The popular phrase “the end justifies the means” is often used in politics, business and in most social activities. This phrase, mistakenly attributed to the writer Machiavelli in his famous work The Prince, emphasizes that the...

  • Six common traits of Gen Z

    November 7 2019 by Shane Pruitt | with 0 comments

    Often when you hear an “expert” speak or write about reaching a particular generation, it will inevitably be someone from an older generation. For example, you’ll have a baby boomer or Generation X-er talking about how to connect...

  • What is your badge of honor?

    November 6 2019 by Paul Kim | with 0 comments

    In the Spring of 1992, a year after I started a new church plant across the Cambridge Police Department in Central Square in Cambridge, Mass., I invited the police commissioner and his public relations officer to a monthly meeting of clergy...

  • Cooperative Program: When missionaries cry

    October 29 2019 by Art Toalston | with 0 comments

    Maybe you’ve seen a missionary cry.   Interviewing a missionary in Ecuador some years back, my heart was gripped when he spoke through tears of the persecution experienced by the indigenous people he worked among in the Andean...

  • AI, sentience and human life

    October 24 2019 by Dan DeWitt | with 0 comments

    As far as I can remember, I was 8 or 9 years old when I was first introduced to the idea of artificial intelligence (AI). It was when my parents rented the movie D.A.R.Y.L., a film about a family who discovered their foster child was really a...

  • At the 2019 ERLC Caring Well Conference, I shared 10 requests from my perspective of an SBC sexual abuse survivor. I’ve included my requests, expanded with commentary in order to help guide your thinking as you care well for trauma survivors...

  • Pastoral health onus of church, pastor

    October 22 2019 by J.D. Greear, SBC President | with 0 comments

    This may be a news flash to some of you, but your pastor is not flawless. Like you, he goes through seasons of suffering, insecurity, fatigue and doubt. He often feels alone. He may even be on the cusp of burnout – or worse.   ...

  • Cooperative Program: ‘Nothing like it’

    October 18 2019 by Jason Allen, MBTS | with 0 comments

    The Cooperative Program ought not be a sacred cow, but it is close to one for me. Begun by Southern Baptists nearly a century ago, it has proven to be a most effective and enduring way to support our collective ministry and mission work.   ...

  • Even if it means my son’s life

    October 16 2019 by IMB student team in South Asia | with 0 comments

    Our translator asked the women to stand if they believed in Jesus. It was the second day of our evangelism training for women in South Asia, and to our surprise, one of the women who had said she was a Hindu the day before, stood on this day. The...

  • COOPERATIVE PROGRAM: An ‘invisible army’

    October 15 2019 by Jeff Iorg, Gateway Seminary | with 0 comments

    While preaching in a southern state recently, the invisible yet tangible support Southern Baptists give their entities revealed itself in a meaningful way.   After my message, an older gentleman came up to talk...

  • Taking every thought captive

    October 10 2019 by Robin Lee Covington, IMB | with 0 comments

    Controlling my thoughts. Oh, how I’ve struggled through the years. Then God took me by the hand and taught me the importance of taking every thought captive. Honestly, I didn’t believe I could do it. But I learned that in His strength,...

  • 7 myths about sex abuse in churches

    October 8 2019 by J.D. Greear, SBC President | with 0 comments

    For most Southern Baptist pastors, the idea that their church might harbor an abuser is horrific. Almost every Southern Baptist pastor I know got into the ministry to serve and protect God’s people. They are genuinely heartbroken by this...

  • 10 ways to show love to your pastor, church staff

    October 4 2019 by Carolyn Tomlin, The Alabama Baptist | with 0 comments

    During October many churches recognize Pastor Appreciation Month as an intentional time to honor their pastors and church staff.   The history of appreciating those ordained by God goes back to Bible times. The apostle Paul writes that...

  • COOPERATIVE PROGRAM: A missionary’s gratitude

    October 2 2019 by Paul Chitwood, IMB | with 0 comments

    As I near the first anniversary of being elected president of the International Mission Board, I am incredibly encouraged about so many aspects of the Great Commission work of Southern Baptists.   At the top of...

  • Confronting sickness & death

    October 1 2019 by Paul Kim | with 0 comments

    A hospital chaplain is called to minister to the sick and to give spiritual care along with the clinical care provided by doctors, nurses and medical technicians. The reality of life is that, like the poor, there will always be among us those who...

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