Guest Columns
  • 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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  • Worship in many small churches is a ‘dry and thirsty land’

    November 21 2011 by Kenny Lamm, BSC senior consultant | with 0 comments

    Bruce Cannon, associational missionary for the Bladen Baptist Association, commented that it seems like we are worshipping in a “dry and thirsty land” in many of our churches. Almost every week I hear from a pastor or associational missionary concerning the desperate situation in so many North Carolina Baptist churches that lack needed worship leadership.

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  • How I wish TV debates on homosexuality would go

    November 18 2011 by Trevin Wax | with 0 comments

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – Just once, I’d like to see a TV interview about homosexuality go more like this: Host: You are a Christian pastor, and you say you believe the Bible, which means you are supposed to love all people.

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  • Influx reshapes U.S. cities

    November 16 2011 by Erich Bridges, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    NEW YORK – Immigrants flowing into urban America live mostly in the inner cities of huge metro areas, form tight ethnic enclaves and stick together, right?

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  • If you are reading this, thank a veteran

    November 11 2011 by Michael J. Brooks, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    MARION, Ala. – World War II affected my family in a number of ways. My father received a medical deferment due to his ulcerated stomach and a special diet he was on, but two of my mother's brothers served in the war. Uncle Raymond was a glider pilot at Normandy.

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  • Men, temptation & the gospel

    November 11 2011 by Owen Strachan, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A few months ago Harvey Mansfield, Harvard professor of government and 2011 Bradley Prize winner, wrote a provocative piece on the distinctive characteristics and faults of men for The Weekly Standard.

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  • Awakening: The world’s No. 1 need

    November 9 2011 by Ronnie Floyd, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. – Research suggests that only 11 of every 100 people in the world claim Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. About 50 percent of the world’s population presently has no realistic opportunity to hear the gospel and the percentage is growing.

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  • Creative goal-setting ideas for the Lottie Moon offering

    November 8 2011 by Diana Davis, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    INDIANAPOLIS – When an Indiana pastor asked his small congregation to set a sacrificial goal for their Lottie Moon offering, he never expected this. A goal of $500 would have been a challenge for Iglesia Bautista Hispana El Calvario, but they set a seemingly impossible goal of $10,000. People of every age contributed sacrificially. Some worked a second job for a month and gave those earnings.

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  • Confessions of a recovering workaholic

    November 8 2011 by Terry Dorsett, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    BARRE, Vt. (BP) – Hello, my name is Terry and I’m a workaholic. I am celebrating five years of balanced living, but every day is still a struggle.

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