Guest Columns
  • 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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  • 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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