Guest Columns
  • Hatred, racism, forgiveness

    November 28 2018 by Keith Shorter | with 0 comments

    Do you know the internal struggle of trying to forgive someone who has deliberately hurt you or someone in your family? Reverend Anthony Thompson knows exactly what that feels like.   His wife Myra was one of the nine people murdered on...

  • Be missional in the marketplace this holiday season

    November 26 2018 by Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments

    Five years ago around this time of year, I was on my phone scrolling through social media when a few posts written by Christian friends grabbed my attention.   They read:   – “So tired of this corporate greed. The...

  • MOVIES: … I’m thankful for

    November 21 2018 by Phil Boatwright | with 0 comments

    Numerous films have enriched me either through amusement (“The Nutty Professor” with Jerry Lewis; “The Mouse That Roared”; “Dr. Strangelove”; “The Great Race”) or by...

  • Be thankful together

    November 20 2018 by Autumn Wall | with 0 comments

    Thanksgiving is a great time to remind our hearts of the importance of expressing our gratefulness to God and to each other. As 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us, we’re to be “thankful in all circumstances; for...

  • Codfish & catfish

    November 19 2018 by Tim Patterson | with 0 comments

    I often ask God, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” It seems as though some of us are constantly doing battle with life itself and at every turn there is a new challenge.   Yet there are others who seem to live in the...

  • Confidence in Christ

    November 15 2018 by David Jeremiah | with 0 comments

    Our days are fleeting; they may end before the next sunrise. Yet God’s children are never insecure.   The Bible says of us, “We are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. ......

  • 2 families came

    November 14 2018 by DeAnna Gibson | with 0 comments

    The day finally arrived to kick off our church’s new special needs ministry through a community outreach event. Our church planned, prepared, promoted and prayed weeks in advance.   The weather was warm and sunny, and every volunteer...

  • Where poppies grow

    November 13 2018 by Sarah Dixon Young | with 0 comments

    November 11th marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.   The world mourned the loss of approximately 20 million military personnel and civilians during The Great War. Many began wearing red poppies to commemorate the fallen. ...

  • Why I’m thankful to be a North Carolina Baptist

    November 12 2018 by Steve Scoggins | with 0 comments

    I cannot tell you what an honor it is to be elected as president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina! I look forward to getting to know more and more of you over the next year.   This past convention was one of the most...

  • The photo on my phone

    November 9 2018 by Sammi Carby | with 0 comments

    On my phone there is a photograph that I catch a glimpse of every day – sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. Some days I linger a bit longer, but regardless, I see it every day.   It’s a very personal and protected photo to...

  • Jesus took naps

    November 7 2018 by Jim Futral | with 0 comments

    That was the message on a sweatshirt worn by a senior adult at a gathering at one of our churches. So pointed, so provoking, so simple – and so true. Jesus, who was fully God robed in flesh, experienced the...

  • Laodicea: the need for fresh water

    November 2 2018 by John Mark Harrison | with 0 comments

    Seventh in a series   Located 600 miles from Jerusalem and 300 miles from Athens, Laodicea was a wealthy commercial center. It was known for its medical care and banking industries. They were resilient, secure...

  • If you’re not dead, God’s not done

    November 2 2018 by J.D. Greear | with 0 comments

    Do you remember “Choose Your Own Adventure” novels? They were some of my favorites as a kid. You’d get to a certain place in the story where you’d have a choice, like, “You’re being chased by a flock of rabid...

  • Life of a pastor

    November 1 2018 by Paul Kim | with 0 comments

    One day, at a Christian bookstore just across the street from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Fort Worth Hall, I was looking to purchase several books when I heard an excited voice call to the other side of the bookstore, &ldquo...

  • Sending culture: 3 ways pastors can develop one

    October 31 2018 by William Whaley | with 0 comments

    Recently I was privileged to attend a commissioning service for new International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries. I was invited by a couple from our church who was preparing to be sent to the nations.   During this time, I was reminded of...

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