Guest Columns
  • An evangelism ethos

    October 9 2018 by J.D. Greear | with 0 comments

    Among the lessons we’ve learned at our church, five elements are necessary to create an evangelistic ethos, either in an individual Christian or in an entire church.   1. Intentionality and sensitivity to...

  • Lessons from a British cemetery

    October 8 2018 by Courtney McLean | with 0 comments

    Just for a minute, imagine walking down a cobblestone path older than the United States, hearing dainty British women speak about the unusually hot weather (75 degrees!), standing in a cathedral that stretches so high you have to crane your neck...

  • Kavanaugh, Ford & my Sunday School youth

    October 5 2018 by Doug Parkin | with 0 comments

    This was written as a letter by Doug Parkin to eighth-grade boys he teaches in Sunday School.   Most of you are probably aware of the Senate hearings about Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the controversy regarding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford&rsquo...

  • Pastor appreciation: Bless him, bless yourself

    October 4 2018 by Jim Futral | with 0 comments

    For years, the month of October has been designated as Pastor Appreciation Month. This is a wonderful opportunity not only for the church to bless him but also to bless yourself through strengthening the relationship through expressing your care...

  • Cooperative Program: The pulpit, the lectern & CP

    October 3 2018 by Todd R. Chipman | with 0 comments

    In November, I will celebrate 18 years pastoring the same church in Kansas City.   When God called me to my church, I was a master of divinity student at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS). Because of...

  • Sardis: Be watchful

    October 2 2018 by Chip Hannah | with 0 comments

    Fifth in a series   My wife is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) for a local hospital, so she puts people under sedation before they go into surgery.   I sometimes joke that she puts people...

  • Video game diagnosis

    September 28 2018 by Brian Hobbs | with 0 comments

    With the school year underway, many parents are breathing a sigh of relief. For far too many families, the summer hours were spent not with fun in the sun but in endless screen time in the form of movies, TV shows, music and the ever-present video...

  • Social media strategy & the church

    September 27 2018 by Aaron Earls, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments

    By the time churches have fully embraced Facebook, many of their members and those they are trying to reach may have left it behind.   Nearly three-quarters of Facebook users (74 percent) have adjusted their connection with the social media...

  • The unforgettable calling

    September 26 2018 by Paul Kim | with 0 comments

    Everyone is given a name from birth. Often the name is infused with some meaning, so it is special to us.   It was a slightly cold and rainy spring day in New England when Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary held...

  • Some questions are just plain wrong

    September 25 2018 by D. Jeffrey Bingham, SWBTS | with 0 comments

    “The Bible was written not to satisfy your curiosity but to help you conform to Christ’s image.”   In these 17 words, my seminary teacher, Howard Hendricks, dismantled so many false pursuits in...

  • Venezuela planters see opportunity amid crisis

    September 24 2018 by Karen Pearce, IMB | with 0 comments

    As I meandered through a craft market in Bogota, Colombia, I struck up a conversation with a vendor who asked why I was visiting his country. I had just returned from four days in Cúcuta, the Colombian-Venezuelan border town where I witnessed the...

  • Revisiting the Jesus Movement

    September 21 2018 by Tony Lynn | with 0 comments

    It was the early 1970s at a park on the north side of Flint, Mich., when a guy with long hair and tattered jeans approached me and asked in a simple, straightforward tone, “Do you know Jesus, man?”  ...

  • Whose approval do we seek?

    September 20 2018 by David Jeremiah | with 0 comments

    Everyone is familiar with the pursuit of approval in American politics. Since the first political public opinion poll was used in Pennsylvania in 1824, the polling industry has become ingrained in American life – and not just in politics...

  • Where is God in a hurricane?

    September 19 2018 by Scott Pace | with 0 comments

    As we witness the unfolding impact of Hurricane Florence on millions of lives, we are confronted with the question of why natural disasters occur.   If God loves us and has promised to protect us, what explanation can be...

  • Thyatira: a call to church discipline

    September 18 2018 by Jonathan Homesley | with 0 comments

    Fourth in a series   What does Jesus think of a church that tolerates false teaching? We see the answer in Christ’s open letter to the church at Thyatira. This indictment of Thyatira by the risen Christ...

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