Guest Columns
  • Yes, son, we are rich

    October 27 2011 by Chuck Bentley, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    When my oldest two sons, Hank and Todd, were small boys, we took a family vacation to the Colorado mountains with two other families. Both of the other families had far more money than the Bentleys.

  • How to have a God-honoring Halloween

    October 26 2011 by Eugene Curry, Baptist Press | with 1 comments

    There’s an old British prayer that I’ve always found rather charming: “From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night, good Lord deliver us.” As we move toward Halloween, I imagine that many Christians might be harboring thoughts somewhat along these lines.

  • 10 revival meeting tips

    October 25 2011 by Jake Roudkovski, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    NEW ORLEANS – Even though the number of revival meetings in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has been declining, a significant amount of churches continue to use revival meetings for evangelism and revitalization.

  • Is Mormonism Christian?

    October 21 2011 by Phil Roberts, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    KANSAS City, Mo. – Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church of Dallas touched a very sensitive nerve when he referred to the Mormon church and faith as a cult. People have raised the issue and the question, “What, in fact, are evangelicals’ attitudes towards Mormons?” That has been the focus of much of the inquiry thrown at Jeffress.

  • Evangelism or justice – which do we choose?

    October 20 2011 by Russell D. Moore, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Some evangelicals talk as though personal evangelism and public justice are contradictory concerns, or, at least, that one is part of the mission of the church and the other isn’t. I think otherwise, and I think the issue is one of the most important facing the church these days.

  • 4 keys to keep people in church

    October 19 2011 by Thom S. Rainer, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – I had an extended conversation with a pastor of a church this past week. The topic was not that different from those I’ve had with church leaders for nearly 25 years. The pastor’s words were similar to those I’ve heard repeated hundreds of times: “We have a pretty good front door with a healthy number of guests. And we’ve had a steady increase in our number of new members. Our problem is really not the front door; it’s the back door. If we could just keep a fourth of all those who become involved in our church for a few months or more, we would be triple our size.”

  • Keep God in the driver’s seat

    October 19 2011 by David Jeremiah, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    EL CAJON, Calif. – “Hey, lead foot, are you sure the speed limit is 95?” “Are you waiting for some particular shade of green?” “Are you tailgating or is that car towing us?” Backseat drivers feel the need to be in control.

  • Somebody’s got it harder than you do

    October 17 2011 by Erich Bridges, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – Checked my retirement fund the other day. Nearly choked. Guess I’ll be working a little longer than I had anticipated – like, forever. I’m not complaining, though. I’ve still got a job. I know plenty of people who’ve lost their jobs and their homes, who can’t find work anywhere, who wonder how long they’ll be able to provide for their families. You know some, too, I’m sure. You might be one of them.

  • No apologies when it comes to God

    September 13 2011 by Neale Davis, book review | with 0 comments

    Erasing Hell: What God Said About Eternity, and the Things We’ve Made Up by Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle (July 2011). “We can’t afford to be wrong on this issue. ” — Francis Chan In a world of retreating convictions and militant political correctness this book is a refreshing, though quite sobering, reminder that God is still God.

  • Baptists must defend traditional marriage

    August 31 2011 by Mark H. Creech, Christian Action League | with 0 comments

    The week of September 12, the North Carolina General Assembly is expected to reconvene in special session to take up a measure that would give the electorate of this state an opportunity to vote on the much debated question of marriage. North Carolina remains the only state in all of the southeastern United States that has yet to enact a Marriage Protection Amendment in its Constitution.

  • ‘Things fall apart’

    August 26 2011 by Erich Bridges, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    I’m not talking about the earthquake that rattled America’s East Coast the other day – though it symbolizes other forces currently shaking things up. Financial markets lurch up and down with the latest bit of hopeful or gloomy news, while a dazed global economy hangs on for dear life.

  • The Cooperative Program & church plants

    August 24 2011 by Page Brooks, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    NEW ORLEANS – God has allowed me the privilege of serving three church plants in 15 years of ministry. I have served in various roles in these, from staff pastor to lead pastor. While all of the church plants have given to the Cooperative Program (CP) in varying amounts, promotion of the CP has been a constant goal (and joy) for our church members.

  • Ready to pray anew for the unreached

    August 23 2011 by Elaine Helms, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    MARIETTA, Ga. – With both anticipation and nostalgia I listened to Bryant Wright, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, tell how he and Tom Elliff, the International Mission Board's new president, each had been led by the Spirit of God to challenge Southern Baptist churches to embrace the world's remaining 3,800 unengaged, unreached people groups at the 2011 SBC annual meeting in Phoenix.

  • Ramadan and the summer of discontent

    August 19 2011 by Erich Bridges, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    RICHMOND, Va. — In Syria, Muslims seeking to pray in some cities are dodging shells lobbed at their mosques by the military. In other Muslim-majority nations swept by recent political change, the hopes raised by the “Arab Spring” are sagging in this summer of doubt and fear about what will happen next as factions struggle for power.

  • Rioters show scope of human hunger

    August 19 2011 by Charles Braddix, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    LONDON — “Please, sir, I want some more. ” Who can forget these haunting words of a desperately hungry 9-year-old boy in Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist? The story is a powerful condemnation of 19th-century England’s social and economic injustices, London in particular, including child labor and the cruel treatment of children.

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