Guest Columns
  • ‘Please walk forward and talk with me’

    August 25 2017 by Jeff Iorg, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Asking people to respond by making public commitments in a worship service seems to be less and less common today. There are several reasons for this. Some pastors are reluctant to ask for decisions because they don’t want to embarrass people.

  • Those who don’t give up

    August 24 2017 by Chuck Lawless, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Despite the joys of living for Christ, sometimes it can be so hard that we’re tempted to wonder if it’s worth the sacrifice.   It is, of course, worth every moment of being in Christ’s care, but difficulties sometimes cloud that truth.

  • Smartphone hazards and adolescents

    August 23 2017 by R. Albert Mohler Jr., Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Researcher Jean Twenge has written an article in The Atlantic that is rightfully getting a great deal of attention. She asked the question: “Have smartphones destroyed a generation?”   The subhead in her article is this: “More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been.

  • Labor Day: Your work matters

    August 22 2017 by Michael Kelley, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    You might or might not be paid for the work you do. You might or might not work outside the home. You might work in a manufacturing industry or you might own your own business. You might wear a uniform or you might wear yoga pants and a sweatshirt.

  • I wish to bring a resolution

    August 21 2017 by Brian Davis, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    The 2017 annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) is quickly approaching (Nov. 6-7). Prior to the fall of the gavel opening the first session, numerous BSC committees will complete the work necessary to facilitate an annual meeting.

  • Believing is seeing

    August 18 2017 by J.D. Greear, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Imagine that you’d been blind your whole life and, suddenly, through some medical miracle you regained your sight. How would you prove to someone that you are now in the light?   It’s not that you can logically prove the existence of light.

  • Preaching under pressure

    August 17 2017 by H.B. Charles Jr., Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    As a young pastor embroiled in congregational conflict, I once told my pastoral mentor I was going to resign my church. As our conversation progressed, he identified the motivation behind my planned resignation: I just wanted to preach one Sunday in peace.

  • Ramesh & Jesus

    August 16 2017 by Randy Adams, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    I was tired from 16 hours of travel and hadn’t been to bed in 30 hours, but a conversation with Ramesh was among the highlights of a recent mission trip to Asia.   Ramesh was our Uber driver who took us home from the airport in Portland, Ore.

  • When white supremacists come to town

    August 15 2017 by Christine Hoover, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    I live in Charlottesville, Va. You may have heard of it.   You may have seen my city on the news or on your Twitter feed after several white nationalist and white supremacist groups converged on our downtown park to protest the potential removal of a Robert E.

  • Bearing with one another

    August 14 2017 by Laura Thigpen, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    It’s that all-too-familiar verse that fits nicely in an Instagram square with watercolor flowers embroidering its edges – “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7).

  • An infinite power source

    August 11 2017 by David Jeremiah, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    The subterranean world beneath northern California is boiling hot – hot enough to produce vast caverns of superheated steam. This area, known as The Geysers, is one of the most active geothermal spots on earth. READ MORE

  • Your newly arrived refugee neighbors

    August 10 2017 by Terry Sharp, IMB | with 0 comments

    An unprecedented 65 million people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes due to war, persecution or natural disaster. Out of these millions of displaced people today, more than 21 million have left their home country and sought refuge across international borders.

  • Dinner with a former jihadi, a new view of missions

    August 9 2017 by Rachel Cohen, IMB | with 0 comments

    Growing up in post 9/11 America, I believed no greater enemy existed than a terrorist waging war on the Western world. So you might imagine how, um, surprised and paralyzed I felt when I found myself in South Asia eating dinner with a jihadi.   Well, he used to be.

  • 10 reasons Southern Baptists should consider a global CP

    August 7 2017 by Seth Brown, Guest Column | with 1 comments

    The Cooperative Program (CP) is the institutional lifeblood of Southern Baptist missions and ministries. The unified giving plan started in 1925 as a solution to the perpetual, but floundering, fundraising campaigns of Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and state convention entities.

  • Every church’s task

    August 4 2017 by David Platt, IMB | with 0 comments

    Over 100 years ago, George Pentecost, an evangelist who co-labored with D. L. Moody, said, “To the pastor belongs the privilege and responsibility of solving the foreign missionary problem. ”   Pentecost maintained that mission boards play important roles in missions – devising methods, fueling movements and raising money.

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