Guest Columns
  • No more giant apps – a browser is all you need

    June 1 2012 by Aaron Linne, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On my bookshelf sits a copy of the B&H Publishing Group classic trade book from 1991, “Help, There’s a Computer in My Church!” Surprisingly, I have yet to be able to convince our leadership team to convert it into ePub so we can start selling it again on the Barnes & Noble Nook .

  • Falling in love with Nineveh

    May 30 2012 by Eric Geiger, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When the Lord called me into ministry, I told Him I would go anywhere He asked. When Kaye and I married and discussed where the Lord would possibly put us, we committed we would go wherever He sent us. I graduated from seminary, and was asked to fill out a form indicating where we would like to serve.

  • Gay divorce threatens marriage

    May 25 2012 by Penna Dexter, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    DALLAS (BP) – Same-sex “marriage” is getting some high profile support lately. But in actual elections, it still loses.   With the recent vote in North Carolina, 31 states now have amended their constitutions to protect marriage, defined as the union between one man and one woman.

  • Use boundaries to deter sin

    May 24 2012 by Kevin Ezell, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – A pastor I know well had hidden marital infidelity for years, but it recently came to light. The truth about this is continuing to emerge, but enough of it’s already out there to make me grit my teeth when I think about it.

  • 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.

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