Guest Columns
  • When the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) convenes in June, at least two men will be nominated for president: J. D. Greear and READ MORE

  • EASTER: ‘No fear in death!’

    March 30 2018 by Steve Gaines, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    As I walked into the hospital, I looked on a visitation card at the name of the man who had requested that I visit him. He was dying of cancer and wanted me to come and pray with him. I was honored to do so.   When I walked into his hospital room, I was taken aback by his appearance.

  • The resurrection – a fatal blow to death

    March 29 2018 by Joshua Crutchfield, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Pain is something all the world can relate to. But the cross upon which Jesus died was not the ultimate source of the pain He endured.   The cross took Jesus to the source of ultimate pain – death. He died so that He could eradicate sin, yes, but also vanquish death.

  • Strategic seniors

    March 28 2018 by Tony Wolfe, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    I was talking with a friend a few weeks ago – a young pastor – who shared an honest concern I remember mulling over when I was in the pastorate. As the church was beginning to reach young couples, students and children, the senior adults felt less and less valuable.

  • Coach, captain & cheerleader

    March 26 2018 by Scott Brown, Baptist and Reflector | with 0 comments

    The call to be a church revitalizer is a hard call and, although church revitalizers can come in many varieties and skill sets, there are three qualities we must seek in our leadership among God’s people.   Ecclesiastes tells us, “a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

  • The blessings of a portable church

    March 26 2018 by Lori McDaniel, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    As I drove by the school our church met in, my son said to his friend, “That’s where our church meets. ” In protest, the friend said, “That’s not a church, that’s a school. ”   Technically he was right.

  • Simple questions

    March 23 2018 by Jeff Iorg, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    The American church has never been more analyzed and categorized, with predictions galore about where it’s headed, what it’s becoming, how it needs to change, and whether it is growing, plateaued or declining.   It’s easy to get lost in all this and decide the health of our own local church more intuitively – basically, do we like it? If we do, then it’s a “healthy” church.

  • Do it anyway

    March 22 2018 by Randy L. Bennett, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    One of my roles as a director of missions is assisting churches in mentoring men and occasionally women in ministry. My favorite mentoring or teaching relationship, however, is with a 37-year-old pastor and a pair of 33-year-old twins.   Those are my three children.

  • What about your coworkers?

    March 21 2018 by Autumn Wall, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Eight hours of your day is spent with the same people at your workplace throughout much of year. Are you leveraging your time at work for the sake of the Kingdom?   Many Christians want to share Jesus with people around them but just don’t know how.

  • Ministry moments

    March 20 2018 by Chuck Lawless, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Everyone in ministry needs these moments. When the work gets tough, we need reminders of why we do what we do.   Here are some “glimpses” that have helped me press on in faith through the years: Seeing the look of absolute joy on a new believer who has just been baptized.

  • When God takes you on a detour

    March 16 2018 by Van Kicklighter | with 0 comments

    I learned to drive when finding your way around still involved maps – ones printed on paper with different size dots to represent populations and different width lines for what kind of road it was. To get from place to place, you would locate where you were and where you wanted to go and, most of the time, map out the shortest distance.

  • Billy Graham’s next-generation legacy

    March 14 2018 by A. Larry Ross, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    The world stopped to celebrate the homegoing of evangelist Billy Graham, 99, who was buried in Charlotte on the grounds of the library bearing his name next to Ruth, his marriage and ministry partner of more than 63 years. READ MORE

  • Are revivals effective?

    March 13 2018 by J. Robert White, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    I was in a small gathering of folks the other week when a dear lady made reference to a revival she had been a part of.   “But, of course, nobody has revivals anymore,” she said with such confidence. I wanted to say, “Well, that’s not exactly right.

  • Keeping children safe at church

    March 12 2018 by Denise George | with 0 comments

    Today’s parents are becoming more and more concerned about the safety of their infants and young children during Sunday worship services and other church events that provide care. Pastors and church leaders have a tremendous responsibility to keep safe those precious little ones whose parents entrust to church child care programs.

  • God loves me, right?

    March 9 2018 by Cody Cunningham | with 0 comments

    The worship band starts up and you sing lyrics you’ve heard a hundred times before: “How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure, that he should give his only Son, To make a wretch his treasure. ”   But the words catch in your throat.

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