Guest Columns
  • The desert road

    September 20 2019 by Keith Shorter | with 0 comments

    Tony took his family to spend the day at a water park. On their way home, they ran out of gas.   They were stranded on the interstate in the desert of West Texas. While his wife and three young daughters sat in...

  • Nuts & bolts faith

    September 19 2019 by David Jeremiah | with 0 comments

    Dotting the landscape of the rural communities north of Charlotte, N.C., are dozens of the most high-tech companies in the automotive industry. First, there are the home facilities of NASCAR’s elite racing teams. Then there are the shops of...

  • Sunlight & shadows

    September 18 2019 by Sarah Dixon Young | with 0 comments

    Where is the sun’s shadow?   I sat in the woods the other day studying the shadow of a cottonwood tree as the leaves tossed and turned. As the sun sank in the west, the shadow grew longer, covering me and...

  • Clergy & depression

    September 16 2019 by Marshal Ausberry | with 0 comments

    Whenever clergy commit suicide we always wonder why.   We grieve the loss and pray for the family and ask God to comfort them and heal their broken hearts. But the question lingers, “What can we do to prevent this from occurring again...

  • My first baptismal service

    September 11 2019 by Paul Kim | with 0 comments

    On the Lord’s Day, March 1, 1981, a new church was inaugurated at a small church building in Albany, Calif., near UC Berkeley.   The small sanctuary was only half-filled with my family of five, friends and...

  • The courage to stand

    September 10 2019 by Kelvin J. Cochran | with 0 comments

    Many Christian Americans in today’s culture are faced with a choice whether to live out their faith or keep their jobs.   Photo credit Cutline We are living in a season where one week we are...

  • BAPTISM SUNDAY: Creating a culture of celebration

    September 6 2019 by Noe Garcia | with 0 comments

    Why Baptism Sunday? I became a Christian at the age of 18 and several years later I followed through with baptism. Why did it take so long?   The truth is, no one told me about it. I rarely saw it done in a service or emphasized in the...

  • Missional impact in your state

    September 6 2019 by Paul Chitwood | with 0 comments

    My first international mission trip took place on a farm in central Kentucky.   As a new pastor in the community, I often found myself interacting with migrant workers from Central and South America. I soon realized that most were...

  • BAPTISM SUNDAY: Pastors, teachers & baptism

    September 6 2019 by Vickie Munton | with 0 comments

    I was the girl who had trusted Christ, but was baptized before my salvation experience. As a young adult, I heard a message on baptism and for the first time truly understood the answer to the questions of “Why should we be baptized?&rdquo...

  • Remembering the life of a true friend

    September 4 2019 by Dennis Hester | with 0 comments

    The Blue Ridge mountains will be a little bluer this summer, at least for me. And as the fog lifts and is burned away by the August morning sun, there’ll be one less mountaineer from Haywood County. On Aug. 4, I sat in Beaver Dam Baptist...

  • BAPTISM SUNDAY: Repent, believe & be baptized

    September 3 2019 by Willy Rice | with 0 comments

    Acts 2 says that Peter not only proclaimed the gospel, he concluded with a clear call to repentance, faith and baptism.   “Do it now,” Peter seemed to say. He “strongly urged” (CSB) them to...

  • 4 steps to engage your community

    September 3 2019 by Joe Maye | with 0 comments

    During the process of reaching the community around us, we must each move from thinking like a missionary to engaging like one. While it can be intimidating to make the transition from theory and strategy to actually entering the lives of people...

  • Christians, continue to labor!

    August 30 2019 by Daryl Cornett | with 0 comments

    Labor Day may be one of the holidays from which we are most disconnected. I have to admit to a typical indifference toward it myself. For most of us, it marks the end of summer, cooler weather, the return of college football and a day off from...

  • The big casino & the small church

    August 29 2019 by Keith Shorter | with 0 comments

    Sitting on a hotel’s 38th floor, you gain a perspective on a community that you can’t get from street level.   On a recent mission trip, I could see all of Charlestown, one of the oldest neighborhoods...

  • Caring for missionaries through connection: The three Cs

    August 26 2019 by Shirley Ralston | with 0 comments

    A perfect illustration of “out of sight, out of mind” is that of the missionary serving overseas. We have heard this refrain many times in our conversations with missionaries in our church’s care ministry. The Cambridge...

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