Guest Columns
  • Time to give up on the GCR (part 1)

    January 27 2012 by Chuck Lawless | with 0 comments

    I’ve made up my mind – I’m giving up on the Great Commission Resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention. It’s not that I’ve been opposed to the concept of a GCR. In fact, I enthusiastically voted in favor of forming the GCR task force at the Southern Baptist Convention in 2009.

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  • An Oscar surprise – only one R-rated nomination

    January 26 2012 by Phil Boatwright, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    The nominations for the 84th Motion Picture Academy Awards – the Oscars – were announced Tuesday. With nine nominees in the Best Picture category, “Hugo” garnered the most nominations with 11, “The Artist” following closely with 10.

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  • After the Arab Spring, a ‘window of opportunity’

    January 25 2012 by Erich Bridges, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Some revolutions play out for all the world to see. Others unfold behind the scenes. Both types of change are rippling through the Arab world. It’s been a year since massive demonstrations began Jan. 25, 2011, in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, ultimately toppling longtime Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak.

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  • How will you be remembered?

    January 24 2012 by David Jeremiah, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Ever thought about writing your autobiography? Just jot down key dates and events in your life. Beside each date write something. It’ll be a treasure to your grandchildren later. Our words and deeds are actually writing our autobiography every day, creating a legacy for good or ill. Our decisions are blazing a trail for others, setting the course, determining the future of those we love.

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  • The ugly American history of eugenics is exposed

    January 20 2012 by Evan Lenow | with 1 comments

    Most Americans live with the belief that we are the greatest society in the world. Our roots stem from proclamations “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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  • A new challenge for pro-lifers

    January 20 2012 by Penna Dexter | with 0 comments

    This is the time of year when pro-life Americans celebrate the sanctity of human life and commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that brought abortion on demand, nationwide. It’s been 39 years since that decision and more than 52 million babies have been aborted.

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  • The gospel in an abortion culture

    January 20 2012 by Russell D. Moore | with 0 comments

    As the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision approaches, most Christians recognize, and rightly so, the loss of millions of unborn human lives. What we often forget is the second casualty of an abortion culture: the consciences of countless men and women.

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  • Super Bowl provides super outreach opportunity

    January 19 2012 by Jason Ellerbrook, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Last year, more than 111 million people watched Super Bowl XLV to see the Green Bay Packers defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers. That’s a lot of people in one place at one time.

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  • 8 reasons to be a bivocational pastor

    January 18 2012 by Ray Gilder, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Should any pastor be bivocational? It’s a question that has been around for a long time. In order to give an informed answer, it would help to understand what we mean by “bivocational.”

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  • SBC needs greater focus on revitalizing dying churches

    January 17 2012 by Paul Roberts, Guest Column | with 2 comments

    OK, I’ll ask the question that no one seems to want to voice. Why is the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and its associated state conventions spending so much energy, printed emphasis, and money on church planting when the majority of the existing member churches are either plateaued or declining?

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  • A tale of two churches

    January 16 2012 by Ned L. Mathews, Guest column | with 0 comments

    With a nod to Charles Dickens, this is a tale of two churches, one on the west coast, one on the east coast, the former in the last century, the latter in this century. Both are representative of evangelicalism’s historic commitment to the authority of scripture.

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  • Answer God’s call in 2012

    January 11 2012 by Erich Bridges | with 0 comments

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – Those who predict the future tend to be prophets or fools.

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  • First, the New York City Department of Education banned churches from renting space in public schools. Now the Big Apple’s Housing Authority has followed suit and told a Christian church that it will no longer be able to rent space in a federally funded housing project.

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  • THE CITY: Restoring vision to capture it for Christ

    January 6 2012 by Ronnie Floyd | with 0 comments

    Years ago, we used to hear spiritual leaders talk about reaching their cities for Jesus Christ. Rarely do we hear this anymore. If you ask 100 pastors and 1,000 laypeople what their church’s strategy is to reach their city, you would hear much more clutter than clarity. The vision would be more vague than visionary.

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  • The ‘inconvenience’ of motherhood

    January 5 2012 by Amanda Walker | with 0 comments

    When I was 27 years old my doctor told me that I would probably never have children. At that time I was single, and I wondered if I would ever be married. It was a difficult time in my life, but I knew God had a plan for me.

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