Guest Columns
  • Pastors, give students ultimate gift: your attention

    May 23 2012 by Adam C. English, Guest Column | with 1 comments

    I preached my first sermon on a bright Sunday morning in front of the youth group at the age of 17. I accepted the call to ministry when I was 16, and my youth pastor supported me every step of the way, even to the point of inviting me to preach. I will always be grateful for the opportunity.

  • 50 years of leadership at Camp Caraway

    May 22 2012 by Jeremy Jackson, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    Half a century ago North Carolina Baptist representatives laced up their boots and climbed the surprisingly mountainous terrain of central North Carolina as they scouted a location for a Royal Ambassador summer camp. A site of interest was found at the northern tip of the Uwharries, a mountain range appearing as an island in the middle of N.

  • North Carolina’s useless lucky charm

    May 21 2012 by Mark Creech, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    North Carolina, a state that has characteristically resisted gambling, is now headed down gaming’s dead end street.   Under a 1994 compact negotiated by then-Gov. Jim Hunt, Harrah’s Cherokee casino opened in 1997. The games the casino provided under N.

  • Obama, gay marriage & the black church vote

    May 21 2012 by Eric Redmond, Guest Column | with 1 comments

    (EDITOR’S NOTE – Much has been published about President Barak Obama’s announcement endorsing same sex marriage. I was preparing an editorial on the subject when I read the following letter to the president by a fellow Southern Baptist pastor.

  • A debt-free degree

    May 18 2012 by Chuck Bentley, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    GAINESVILLE, Ga. –Just a few years ago, I sat in the University of Georgia football stadium as my son Todd walked across the stage to receive his college degree. As the ceremony ended with the traditional toss of the graduation caps, my wife Anne and I also were celebrating that Todd was beginning his new life with no student loan debt.

  • A former social worker’s perspective

    May 17 2012 by Janice LaRoy, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Having been a Child Protective Services (CPS) worker and later an adult probation officer with a specialized sex offender caseload, I can assure you that child abuse in the form of sexual molestation is very real. I conducted hundreds of investigations and interviews with victims, child molesters and numerous mental health counselors over the course of 10 years.

  • ‘Kids need a mom & dad’ shouldn’t be controversial

    May 15 2012 by Joseph Backholm, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    According to the Declaration of Independence, our Founding Fathers held certain truths to be self-evident. By my understanding, that means that there were some things we could agree were true even if millions of dollars had not been spent studying the subject.

  • America’s moral fabric is ripped

    May 14 2012 by John Yeats, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    By now we’ve all read or heard too much information about the Secret Service prostitution scandal. At least 20 women were in hotel rooms with U.S. agents and military personnel just before President Obama arrived for a summit with Latin American leaders.

  • The marriage debate & the future of evangelical response

    May 11 2012 by Ed Stetzer, Baptist Press | with 1 comments

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After both Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan pushed for acceptance of same-sex marriage May 6, North Carolina reversed the trend and became the *30th state to amend its constitution to define marriage as an act between one man and one woman.

  • Mother’s Day & the infertile

    May 10 2012 by Russell D. Moore, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Mother’s Day is a particularly sensitive time in many congregations, and pastors and church leaders often don’t even know it. This is true even in congregations that don’t focus the entire service around the event as if it were a feast day on the church’s liturgical calendar.

  • ‘Don’t look back’ is terrible advice

    May 10 2012 by Erich Bridges, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – Don’t look back. That is one of the worst pieces of advice you’ll ever hear. Naturally, you hear it all the time. “Positive thinkers” and pop psychologists love it. Forget the past, they say.

  • Prioritizing work in N. America

    May 9 2012 by Kevin Ezell, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    Sometimes I am asked how the North American Mission Board (NAMB) is prioritizing its work in North America. There are probably a few different ways we could do that, but I tell people we are letting the numbers draw our map and letting God be our guide.

  • Annual Church Profile: a story of cooperation

    May 8 2012 by Ed Stetzer, Guest Column | with 0 comments
  • What counts as plagiarism in a sermon?

    May 7 2012 by J.D. Greear, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    The question of plagiarism in sermon preparation is rather tricky, primarily because we are interpreting a document (the Bible) which has been interpreted by thousands of people for the last 3,000 years. Almost everything we say, especially relating to Christo-centric interpretation, Greek and Hebrew linguistics or historical context, comes from commentaries and other sermons.

  • 9 keys to reaching college students

    May 3 2012 by J.D. Greear and Rupert Leary, Guest column 9 keys to reaching college students | with 0 comments

    DURHAM, N. C. (BP) – There are three well-established facts regarding Christianity and college students that ought to capture the attention of any gospel-loving pastor: 1) college is a time of unprecedented openness to all things, including the gospel; 2) many of the great “awakenings,” both major and minor, in our history have started through college students; and 3) there is a disturbing absence of this age group in many of our congregations.

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