Guest Columns
  • 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.

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  • 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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  • 10 things your kids should know about money

    May 1 2012 by Chuck Bentley, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    One of the greatest gifts you could ever give your children is the ability to handle money wisely. It’s a skill set that will serve them well all throughout life, and sadly, not one they’re likely to learn in school.

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  • What will the Marriage Amendment do?

    May 1 2012 by NC Representative Paul Stam, House Majority Leader | with 0 comments

    On May 8th the voters will decide whether this provision should be added to the Constitution: “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.   This Section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.

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  • Uncool? Deal with it

    April 30 2012 by Erich Bridges, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – I had to sympathize with rock singer Bono when he discovered he was uncool. Uncool? The frontman for supergroup U2, one of the biggest bands in the world? The activist who travels the globe and meets with kings and presidents? The guy so hip he probably wears his trademark designer shades in the shower? Yep.

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  • Churches, not infrastructure, best way to reach new areas

    April 27 2012 by Kevin Ezell, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
  • Remembering Chuck Colson, the church member

    April 26 2012 by Hayes Wicker, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    While multitudes mourn the death of Charles Colson, probably the best-known and most influential American Christian other than Billy Graham, I experience a profound sadness as his pastor of 20 years. I first met Chuck while in view of a call.

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  • Conjecture and speculation vs. fact

    April 24 2012 by Mark Creech, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    Recently, I came across an advertisement against the North Carolina Marriage Protection Amendment that caught my attention. It raised a host of bogus arguments against the amendment, contending that benefits might be taken away, emergency medical and financial decisions might be negatively affected, domestic violence laws might be hurt, it might hurt the economy, etc.

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  • 10 things your kids should know about money

    April 20 2012 by Chuck Bentley, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    One of the greatest gifts you could ever give your children is the ability to handle money wisely. It’s a skill set that will serve them well all throughout life, and sadly, not one they’re likely to learn in school.

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  • Serving in an unhealthy situation

    April 19 2012 by Ed Stetzer, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    A couple I know was approached about working at a prominent Christian organization.

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  • What can you do to support marriage amendment?

    April 9 2012 by Ray Barnhill, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    The purpose of this article is not to talk about if or why we should support the marriage amendment as North Carolina Baptists and citizens. It is not to try to convince you that marriage is a good thing. It is. God says so!  We should be way past that.

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  • Christianity in Crisis? A response to Newsweek & Andrew Sullivan

    April 4 2012 by Trevin Wax, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Newsweek’s latest cover story, written by popular author Andrew Sullivan, encourages Americans to “forget the church” and just “follow Jesus.” According to Sullivan:

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  • Should churches be tax-exempt? (Yes, and here’s why)

    April 3 2012 by Erik Stanley, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Why is your church tax exempt? Why should it continue to be tax exempt? If I were to sit down and ask you these questions, would you have a clear and coherent answer? I suspect this is something we seldom think about. After all, tax exemption for churches has always been given and we assume, because of its historical longevity, it always will be given.

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  • Easter in public schools – the bunny or Jesus?

    April 2 2012 by David Cortman, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Easter brings different thoughts and holds different meanings to different people. Some think first of that chocolate Easter bunny that you may get (if you’ve been good, maybe it will even be solid chocolate and not just that thin outer shell with nothing inside but air).

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  • Christ’s presence, seen in ‘little Easters’

    March 30 2012 by Erich Bridges, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    RICHMOND, Va. – Easter is coming. It’s the day we mark the biggest moment in history: the moment the resurrected Christ conquered sin and death. A few years ago I shared some “little Easters,” the quiet epiphanies that continue to reveal His risen presence on the move around the world.

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