Guest Columns
  • Tips to young women in ministry

    May 26 2017 by Melissa Meredith | with 0 comments

    God in His graciousness brought many wise women into my life when I started my first ministry position a few years ago. They cheered me on not because I was anyone special, but because they had run a little farther in the race and were familiar with the joys, the stumbling blocks and the perseverance needed for a young woman in her first years of ministry.

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  • More than watching a movie

    May 25 2017 by John Weaver | with 0 comments

    Am I the only one who thought I was a martial arts expert after watching the movie Karate Kid and seeing the intense instruction that “Daniel-san” received from Mr. Miyagi?   I saw the movie when it came out on the big screen in 1984.

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  • When a good man stumbles

    May 24 2017 by Jeff Struecker | with 0 comments

    It’s frustrating when you break a tool from your workshop. Most of us have been working away diligently in the backyard only to have a tool break when we needed it most. The frustration is even greater when you never imagined it would break on you.

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  • No parking

    May 23 2017 by David Jeremiah | with 0 comments

    Have you pulled to the side of the road and parked your life?   We can park at any age. Some people lose interest and motivation even in the prime of life. But consider Hosea 10:9: “The Lord says, ‘You have made no progress whatsoever’” (NLT).

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  • Why we plant churches

    May 22 2017 by Dennis Conner | with 0 comments

    We face the enormous challenge here in Illinois of a mission field that is not just large geographically, it is also inhabited by a wide variety of people. People from all over the world call our state home.   Additionally, every ethnic group in Illinois has generational distinctions among them that are reflected in differing worldviews, communication styles and values.

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  • More than good deeds

    May 19 2017 by Diana Davis | with 0 comments

    Have you noticed? “Doing good” is in style.   It may be called “paying it forward” or community service. Clubs do it to help their community. Universities or businesses may encourage students or employees to do it. Fundraisers, marathons and events support worthy causes.

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  • What’s your handicap?

    May 18 2017 by Randy Covington | with 0 comments

    I ruptured my Achilles tendon while playing racquetball a few months ago, requiring a surgical procedure to reattach the tendon. Now I find myself temporarily handicapped.   For someone who is very active, it’s hard to adjust to this reality.

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  • Workplace evangelism abroad begins here

    May 17 2017 by Sebastian Traeger | with 0 comments

    I’ve had the privilege lately of seeing an increasing number of people at all stages of life express interest in joining the global mission of God through the International Mission Board. Many wonder how they can be preparing to go.   On one level, it’s very simple: current faithfulness in your assignments is the greatest predictor of future fruitfulness.

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  • 21 ways to be a part of VBS

    May 16 2017 by Cheryl Markland | with 0 comments

    Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a significant way your church can open the door to the surrounding community. You may think VBS is for only for children and not for you, but VBS is most successful when the church embraces it as a total church ministry.

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  • How N.C. churches can help prevent youth suicide

    May 16 2017 by Denise George | with 0 comments

    High school students in North Carolina are attempting suicide at an increasing and alarming rate, especially girls between ages 10 to 14. In 2016, one in every 10 N. C. high school students attempted suicide. The number of completed youth suicides in the state has doubled since 2010.

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  • Immigration may beat a century-old record

    May 15 2017 by Keelan Cook | with 0 comments

    As of 2015, the United States had set one record in immigration, and it may be on pace to break another one.   According to the most recent data from Pew Research, the United States is now home to over 43. 2 million international immigrants.

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  • What is the prosperity gospel?

    May 15 2017 by Joe Carter | with 0 comments

    Recently U. S. Postal Service inspectors and Internal Revenue Service criminal investigators raided the offices of Benny Hinn, the infamous faith healer and “health and wealth” preacher. Here is what should know about Hinn and the prosperity gospel movement.

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  • Mother’s Day: Our stay-at-home mom & human dignity

    May 12 2017 by Jill Waggoner & Allison Hucks | with 0 comments

    Almost every day of our childhood, we would pull down my grandmother’s long driveway and go in for a quick visit.   We, two sisters, would sit together on the narrow piano bench and peck at the black and white keys in my grandmother’s living room while Mother moved through the house – setting out pills, fixing her mother’s hair, asking questions and washing clothes.

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  • I have never been a member of Evansville Baptist Church but that congregation will always hold a special place in my life, having had a significant impact on my understanding of the Cooperative Program.   Evansville Baptist is in a small community in northwest Tennessee near Dyersburg.

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  • A pivot foot for the gospel

    May 10 2017 by Courtney L. Moore | with 0 comments

    I was first introduced to the idea of a pivot foot not on a basketball court but in a seminary classroom when a counseling professor used the term as an illustration.   Similar to basketball players, he wanted his students to keep one foot stationary in their biblical convictions, yet swivel open in respect to counselors who held opposing viewpoints.

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