Guest Columns
  • Coach, captain & cheerleader

    March 26 2018 by Scott Brown, Baptist and Reflector | with 0 comments

    The call to be a church revitalizer is a hard call and, although church revitalizers can come in many varieties and skill sets, there are three qualities we must seek in our leadership among God’s people.   Ecclesiastes tells us, “a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

  • The blessings of a portable church

    March 26 2018 by Lori McDaniel, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    As I drove by the school our church met in, my son said to his friend, “That’s where our church meets. ” In protest, the friend said, “That’s not a church, that’s a school. ”   Technically he was right.

  • Simple questions

    March 23 2018 by Jeff Iorg, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    The American church has never been more analyzed and categorized, with predictions galore about where it’s headed, what it’s becoming, how it needs to change, and whether it is growing, plateaued or declining.   It’s easy to get lost in all this and decide the health of our own local church more intuitively – basically, do we like it? If we do, then it’s a “healthy” church.

  • Do it anyway

    March 22 2018 by Randy L. Bennett, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    One of my roles as a director of missions is assisting churches in mentoring men and occasionally women in ministry. My favorite mentoring or teaching relationship, however, is with a 37-year-old pastor and a pair of 33-year-old twins.   Those are my three children.

  • What about your coworkers?

    March 21 2018 by Autumn Wall, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Eight hours of your day is spent with the same people at your workplace throughout much of year. Are you leveraging your time at work for the sake of the Kingdom?   Many Christians want to share Jesus with people around them but just don’t know how.

  • Ministry moments

    March 20 2018 by Chuck Lawless, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Everyone in ministry needs these moments. When the work gets tough, we need reminders of why we do what we do.   Here are some “glimpses” that have helped me press on in faith through the years: Seeing the look of absolute joy on a new believer who has just been baptized.

  • When God takes you on a detour

    March 16 2018 by Van Kicklighter | with 0 comments

    I learned to drive when finding your way around still involved maps – ones printed on paper with different size dots to represent populations and different width lines for what kind of road it was. To get from place to place, you would locate where you were and where you wanted to go and, most of the time, map out the shortest distance.

  • Billy Graham’s next-generation legacy

    March 14 2018 by A. Larry Ross, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    The world stopped to celebrate the homegoing of evangelist Billy Graham, 99, who was buried in Charlotte on the grounds of the library bearing his name next to Ruth, his marriage and ministry partner of more than 63 years. READ MORE

  • Are revivals effective?

    March 13 2018 by J. Robert White, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    I was in a small gathering of folks the other week when a dear lady made reference to a revival she had been a part of.   “But, of course, nobody has revivals anymore,” she said with such confidence. I wanted to say, “Well, that’s not exactly right.

  • Keeping children safe at church

    March 12 2018 by Denise George | with 0 comments

    Today’s parents are becoming more and more concerned about the safety of their infants and young children during Sunday worship services and other church events that provide care. Pastors and church leaders have a tremendous responsibility to keep safe those precious little ones whose parents entrust to church child care programs.

  • God loves me, right?

    March 9 2018 by Cody Cunningham | with 0 comments

    The worship band starts up and you sing lyrics you’ve heard a hundred times before: “How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure, that he should give his only Son, To make a wretch his treasure. ”   But the words catch in your throat.

  • The Lord’s Supper & our baptisms

    March 8 2018 by Nate Adams, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Celebrations of the Lord’s Supper and believer’s baptism have always been among the most basic practices of Baptist churches. Yet it’s possible for these to become occasional, even rare, ceremonies, rather than foundational ordinances.

  • Scared to share?

    March 7 2018 by Doug Munton, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Though I have shared the gospel message many times, I can still be afraid to share my faith with others. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. I’ve heard many others express that same anxiety. Here are some reasons we might be afraid to share our faith and what to do about it.

  • Grateful for Graham’s clarity, passion

    March 6 2018 by Chuck Lawless, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    I never had the privilege of meeting Billy Graham, but his ministry marks my life.   He was the first crusade evangelist I ever heard speak when I was a teenage believer, and many were the nights I watched him preach the Word on television.   The clarity of his message and the passion of his heart made me long to tell the old, old story as often as I could.

  • He preached powerful gospel

    March 5 2018 by Dan Darling, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    In 1970, a 21-year-old young man, born into a dysfunctional home fractured by alcoholism, walked forward with his mother at the showing of a Billy Graham movie in a Chicago-area theater. The next year he attended a crusade, part of the 1971 Chicago campaign.

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