Guest Columns
  • Here’s a resolution: Welcome visitors to church

    January 4 2012 by Diana Davis, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    INDIANAPOLIS – A tattoo artist, a CEO, and a homeless guy walk into your church’s worship service ... No, that’s not the first line of a joke. It could become a weekly reality.

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  • Money talks ... when it comes to gambling expansion

    December 20 2011 by Mark Creech, Guest column | with 0 comments

    “Money talks,” says an old proverb. But when it comes to the expansion of gambling, it’s more like something Bob Dylan once said, “Money doesn’t just talk, it swears.”

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  • FIRST-PERSON: Two priceless gift ideas for Christmas

    December 14 2011 by Vicki Heath | with 0 comments

    This time of year I am always fascinated by the gift recommendations to help us find the perfect present for those on our shopping list. Every year hundreds of people wait with great anticipation to see what Oprah has on her favorite things Christmas list.

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  • This Christmas, give a Bible

    December 13 2011 by Diana Davis | with 0 comments

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP) – For our anniversary gift, I found a beautiful leather briefcase for my husband. The brand’s tagline was “Your kids will fight over it when you’re dead.” It was a great gift, but here’s a Christmas gift idea that’s much more valuable than that.

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  • Is 2.56% all we love Jesus?

    December 13 2011 by Ronnie Floyd | with 0 comments

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (BP) – Imagine what your life would look like if you only committed 2.56% of yourself to the things you do. How healthy would your marriage be if you told your spouse, “I love you with 2.56% of my heart”? Where would your career be if you performed at only 2.56% of your capability?

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  • Suggestions for pastor search committees

    December 13 2011 by Thom S. Rainer | with 0 comments

    Congregations across America call pastors to their churches in a variety of ways. As church polity varies, so do the approaches of calling a pastor. A bishop or other authority appoints some pastors. Sometimes an elder board decides who will be considered as the next pastor. Many times, however, the responsibility for recommending a pastor to a congregation falls upon a pastor search committee.

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  • HORN OF AFRICA (BP) – The African air is hot and still, stirred only by people brushing silently by as they are invited into the clinic courtyard from the weary line gathered outside. My wife Jeannie and I are taken by the silence.

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  • NEW ORLEANS (BP) – Faced with a hungry crowd of more than 5,000 people in a rural area without a ready supply of food, the disciples were scouring around to try to find food to feed the multitude.

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  • Will a Band-Aid suffice when heart surgery is needed?

    December 5 2011 by Gerald Harris, editor, The Christian Index | with 0 comments

    Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President Bryant Wright, who serves as pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga., announced to the SBC Executive Committee on Sept. 19 that he was appointing a task force to study the prospect of changing the Convention’s name.

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  • Southern Baptist Convention, change that name

    December 5 2011 by Jonathan Merritt, USA Today, Religion News Service | with 0 comments

    What’s in a name? As Shakespeare has it, a rose by any other name smells the same. But in the case of America’s largest Protestant denomination, changing the name could change everything.

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  • In Nellie’s memory ...

    December 2 2011 by Jeff Palmer | with 0 comments

    SWEETWATERS, South Africa (BP) – Her name was Kw’nelle (Kwa-nellie). She never knew her biological parents. She was born HIV-positive and was taken in by a local ministry. Medicines that kept the HIV at bay – combined with the love and provisions of her caregivers – were all that kept Nellie alive.

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  • Personal character does not end at the bedroom door

    December 1 2011 by R. Albert Mohler Jr. | with 0 comments

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – Just a few months ago, Herman Cain was unknown to most Americans. The former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza and former head of the National Restaurant Association caught the attention of the public with his entry into the 2012 race for the Republican presidential nomination.

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  • 7 tips for saving money

    November 30 2011 by Chuck Bentley | with 0 comments

    GAINESVILLE, Ga. (BP) – Saving money is a good thing. The Bible tells us to “go to the ant, o sluggard, observe her ways and be wise, which having no chief, officer or ruler, prepares her food in the summer and gathers her provision in the harvest” (Proverbs 6:6-7, NASB). By developing a “saving” attitude, we can begin to live a “saving” lifestyle.

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  • The urgent need for biblical literacy

    November 29 2011 by Ed Stetzer | with 0 comments

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – I am a student and teacher of God’s Word. I went to school – a lot of school – committed to studying things rooted in the Scriptures. I write books and articles; I lecture, preach and speak at conferences all around the world on the centrality of God’s mission expressed in Bible.

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  • Being and doing

    November 22 2011 by Erich Bridges, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    RICHMOND, Va. – At the ripe old age of 18, I was already a total failure – in my own mind, at least. Lingering insecurities of youth mingled with anxiety about the future. College was hard. The Christian life was harder. And as a relatively new believer, I wasn’t leading crowds of people to Christ – my results-based definition of spiritual success.

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