Guest Columns
  • A Worthy Investment

    July 27 2009 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 0 comments

    The Convention strives to fulfill the vision that God has laid before us. Our Seven Pillars for Ministry identify the key concepts that guide our efforts. Increasing our work among international communities is one of the pillars. In the story I’m about to share, please notice the numerous ways that ministries of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) have touched the life of an individual and how God glorifies Himself through the life of this person.

  • COMMENTARY: Wanting more, settling for less

    July 15 2009 by Tom Ehrich | with 0 comments

    NEW YORK (RNS) -- I arrived at church in high spirits, heard a great sermon, but left feeling strangely deflated. My 35-minute walk across Central Park on my way to church had left me tingling. So much beauty, so much life. But entering a dimly lighted sanctuary and joining scattered strangers waiting patiently for something to happen smothered the tingling.

  • Analysis: Generation gap creates dilemma for SBC

    June 26 2009 by Bob Allen, Associated Baptist Press | with 1 comments

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (ABP) -- The 2009 Southern Baptist Convention marked the 30th anniversary of the launch of a theological/political movement aimed at stopping the nation's second-largest faith group from drifting into liberalism and inevitable decline.

  • Full text of Chapman letter to Executive Committee

    June 9 2009 by Morris Chapman, Baptist Press | with 2 comments

    NOTE TO READERS FROM BAPTIST PRESS: The following memorandum was mailed by Morris H. Chapman to all Executive Committee members (trustees appointed from local churches) on Friday, May 29, 2009. As president of the SBC, Johnny Hunt is a member of the Executive Committee and received this same letter.

  • ‘This One Thing I Do’ (Phil. 3:12-14)

    June 1 2009 by Morris H. Chapman, Baptist Press | with 1 comments

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On Monday, April 27, I received an e-mail and was surprised by the attachment entitled, the Great Commission Resurgence Declaration. As I began reading through the ten articles of the Declaration, I rejoiced in the strong affirmations of our Convention’s biblical convictions.

  • You can make VBS great

    May 19 2009 by Cathy Hopkins, Baptist State Convention | with 1 comments

    What makes Vacation Bible School (VBS) great? Is it great when lots of new people attend? Is it great when nearly everyone in the church is involved? Or is it great when there is fun, solid Bible study? Yes! All these elements make a great VBS. Vacation Bible School provides opportunity for concentrated Bible study on consecutive days.

  • Easter and ‘God is Dead’ claims

    April 9 2009 by Gene Scarborough | with 0 comments

    It was 1967. I was president of the Emory University BSU and a senior contemplating a call to ministry vs. a PhD in psychology. What a surprise when I read Time Magazine to see on the cover: GOD IS DEAD. It was even more shocking to see that Dr.

  • Worldview: The next Nairobi

    March 10 2009 by Erich Bridges, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    NAIROBI, Kenya — “If we want to visualize a ‘typical’ contemporary Christian, we should think of a woman living in a village in Nigeria or in a Brazilian favela (shantytown). ” So wrote religion historian Philip Jenkins in The Next Christendom, his provocative 2002 book about the rapid growth and southward movement of global Christianity.

  • Unfair, Unbalanced, and Unacceptable

    February 13 2009 by Jonathan Merritt | with 11 comments

    Whenever conservative Christians decry the “bias of the liberal media” there is almost always a call for “fair and balanced” reporting. This week, we again learn what being fair and balanced means to Baptist Press,  the “news service” of the Southern Baptist Convention.

  • Good news doesn’t have to be long

    January 30 2009 by D.E. Parkerson, Special to the Biblical Recorder | with 0 comments

    Dr. M. Ray McKay, homiletics professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary back in the 1950’s offered this wise advice to those in his class who were training to become pastors: “Try always to preach because you have something to say, not because it is 11:00 o’clock on Sunday morning.

  • Texas educators to keep asking for evaluation of all theories

    January 30 2009 by Jerry Pierce, Baptist Press | with 2 comments

    GRAPEVINE, Texas — Leave it to the "experts" instead of "scientifically illiterate" elected officials to decide what constitutes legitimate science education for your kids. That's the message The New York Times editorial board and Darwinist advocacy groups want recorded as the moral of the story after the Texas State Board of Education last week caused the scientific establishment to smile and then frown in the course of one very influential, closely watched board meeting.

  • How clear is Obama's theology?

    January 19 2009 by By Mark Coppenger | with 1 comments

    EVANSTON, Ill. (BP)--Several years ago, when we began to plant Evanston Baptist Church, we knocked on doors throughout the city, asking people what they thought the Gospel was. And then we gave them a card with the answer. Their initial responses to the question were all over the map, from "love people" to "a kind of music" to "Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

  • First Person: Your prayers can change our country

    January 10 2009 by Richard Land, ERLC | with 0 comments

    "First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

  • Time for some New Year's resolutions

    December 31 2008 by Tom Ehrich, Religion News Service | with 0 comments

    In this winter of financial, political and ethical discontent, our nation needs to make a slew of resolutions for the new year. If we had made them earlier, our transition into 2009 might not be so bleak. Be that as it may, it is essential that we learn from this trying time.

  • First Person: A life-changing trip

    December 22 2008 by Paul Brewster | with 0 comments

    HAMPSTEAD, N. C. (BP)--When I was about 13 years old, my Boy Scout troop made the trek from Arkansas to Colorado. Among other things, we climbed Pike's Peak. For a kid who had never been west of Oklahoma, the wide open spaces of the West and the soaring heights of the rugged Rockies seemed awesome indeed.

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