Guest Columns
  • ‘Unconditional,’ others, redefine faith-based film

    September 20 2012 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    NASHVILLE Tenn. – Remember when “faith-based film” equaled “cheesy?” That label was blown away with such films as “Passion of the Christ” and “Courageous,” and it certainly doesn’t apply...

  • Debating doctrine with kindness – is that possible?

    September 19 2012 by Dave Miller, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Doctrinal debate is a tricky thing. We are called to walk in unity with one another, to honor one another as brothers in Christ and to edify the body. But the very act of asserting doctrinal truth demands that one call...

  • Why this election is more important than most

    September 18 2012 by Richard Land, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This election year, 2012, more Americans than usual feel that the country is at a crossroads and is in the midst of making an election decision as important to the future direction of the country as has been made in any...

  • Atheists in the pulpit – the sad charade of the Clergy Project

    September 17 2012 by R. Albert Mohler Jr., Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – “It is hard to think of any other profession which it is so near to impossible to leave.” That is the judgment of Richard Dawkins, perhaps the world’s most famous living atheist, as he welcomes unbelieving...

  • Sustaining momentum after Sunday School ‘Promotion Day’

    September 14 2012 by David Francis, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Most churches have just experienced the launch of a new Sunday School year. Some call it “Advance Day.” Most still just call it “Promotion Day.” Many kids are getting used to new rooms. Students...

  • 10 reasons we have not reached the unchurched

    September 13 2012 by Thom S. Rainer, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – I am often amused when I hear myself identified as an expert in any area. If I am a perceived expert, it is because I have had the wonderful opportunity to listen to thousands of people over the past few decades. They are...

  • Changing the world begins with prayer

    September 12 2012 by Daniel Akin, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    WAKE FOREST, N.C. – Missionary A. T. Pierson well said, “If missions languish, it is because the whole life of godliness is feeble.” To this powerful and convicting statement we may add, “If the whole life of godliness is...

  • Life, liberty & the pursuit of unhappiness

    September 11 2012 by Rit Varriale, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    How do we find happiness? The second sentence of our Declaration of Independence, when it is understood properly, is a positive expression of individualism and a key to finding happiness. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all...

  • Why blasphemy laws are wrong

    September 11 2012 by Russell D. Moore, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – News reports tell us that Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, a Christian minister sentenced to death in Iran, has been released and acquitted of blasphemy. Advocates of human rights and religious liberty are rejoicing all over the...

  • Election 2012: Christians will make a choice

    September 10 2012 by Mark Creech, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    An aspiring politician gave his best shot at a campaign speech. He felt that it was a stirring, fact-filled speech. Then the candidate looked out on his audience and asked, “Are there any questions?” That’s when someone in the...

  • Teaching your children to love God’s Word

    September 7 2012 by Elizabeth Owens, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    FORT WORTH, Texas – One of our goals for our children is that they grow up with a love for God’s Word, the Bible. Second Timothy 3:16-17 tells us, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for...

  • Praying for revival in our families

    September 6 2012 by Susie Hawkins, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    DALLAS – “Prayer invites God into the equation.” So states Mark Batterson in his book, The Circle Maker. As we pray during this 40/40 Prayer Vigil, we are factoring God into the equation by praying for a fresh move of His Spirit...

  • Fishing poles & political polls

    September 5 2012 by Kelly Boggs, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    ALEXANDRIA, La. – There are tent poles, telephone poles, ski poles, fishing poles, utility poles, poles for vaulting and even pole beans, which really aren’t poles at all but look sort of like them. Then there are public opinion polls...

  • TV comedies’ role in normalizing homosexuality

    September 4 2012 by Kelly Boggs, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    “The New Normal” is a television situation comedy set to debut on NBC this month. According to advance reports, the premise of the program is a woman becomes a surrogate mother so a male homosexual couple can start a family.

  • Is Proverbs 22:6 a guarantee?

    August 31 2012 by Mark Coppenger, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A number of years ago, I got a Sunday night call from a pastor who was facing backlash from a prominent deacon in his church. The critic was taking exception to his statement that Proverbs 22:6 wasn’t a guarantee...

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