Guest Columns
  • 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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  • Woman’s Right to Know: A day to weep for joy

    August 17 2011 by Mark H. Creech, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    I am still experiencing sporadic moments of jubilation and tears of joy concerning the “Woman’s Right to Know Act” becoming law in North Carolina. Gov. Beverly Perdue had deemed the bill “extreme” and “repugnant,” stamping on it in big bold red letters the word, “VETO.

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  • A providential trip to the car repairman

    August 10 2011 by Keith Collier, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    FORT WORTH, Texas — North Texas’ blazing summer heat, which already has more than a month’s worth of triple-digit days, all but warrants the necessity of an air-conditioned car. In June, as temperatures consistently soared above 100, I realized I was in for several miserable months unless I could get my 10-year-old Dodge Neon to blow cool relief.

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  • Balanced evangelism in churches

    August 9 2011 by Keith Manuel, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    ALEXANDRIA, La. — Balance. It’s a hard place to arrive in ministry. I think the problem comes, at least in part, because as pastors and leaders we tend to lean toward our passions. Our default is always the easiest place from which to work. Two defaults in evangelism are missional or attractional methods of evangelism.

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  • Churches as generational mission labs

    August 8 2011 by Erich Bridges, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    RICHMOND, Va. — You’re just entering your prime, baby. You’re not older; you’re better. You hit the gym with a vengeance. Aches and pains? If you’ve got ’em, you’re not admitting it to yourself or anyone else. You’ve got big plans for the future.

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  • Fighting for innocence from sin

    August 4 2011 by Gabrielle Pickle, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    ATLANTA — Her name is Christiana and her story is not new. An intoxicating mixture of innocence, beauty and spirit, Christiana was the most sought-after freshman at her Christian college. She went on group date after group date with athletes, academics and student government representatives.

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  • Joni Eareckson Tada discusses life, cancer

    October 7 2010 by Adelle M. Banks | with 0 comments

    (RNS) Disability advocate Joni Eareckson Tada, long known as an evangelical icon and a wheelchair-bound quadriplegic who paints with a brush between her teeth, has faced a range of challenges since a diving accident left her paralyzed in 1967.   Now she's facing another: breast cancer.

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  • Associational leader offers GCRTF perspective

    June 8 2010 by J.C. Bradley | with 0 comments

    (EDITOR’S NOTE — J. C. Bradley, retired director of missions, former professor at Golden Gate Theological Seminary and for many years the associational liaison for the North American Mission Board, is writing his perspectives on the recommendations of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force to be considered June 15 by messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Orlando.

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  • Amp your youth camp

    June 4 2010 by Diana Davis, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    INDIANAPOLIS — Kids are leaving for church camp. What does that have to do with you — a church member? Youth camp and kids’ camp offer an amazing focus for Christian growth, building Christian friendships, and knowing God’s will.

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  • Being a pro-life church

    January 17 2010 by Karen Cole, Baptist Press | with 3 comments

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Is your church pro-life? As a body, are you encouraging each other not only to think in a pro-life way but also to act in a pro-life way? Undeniably, Christians have been the backbone of the pro-life movement since its inception.

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  • FIRST-PERSON: Back to Sunday School basics

    January 15 2010 by David Francis | with 0 comments

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--During the last decade or so there has been a lot of experimentation with Bible study ministries in churches. Some have changed the named from Sunday School to Bible fellowships, Life Groups or just Bible study in hopes of seeming more relevant to newcomers.

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  • Responding to abortion in the current culture

    January 15 2010 by Traci DeVette Griggs, BSCNC Communications | with 3 comments

    CARY (BSCNC Communications) - I drive by an abortion clinic many days. It’s near my home and just around the corner from where my children went to high school.

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  • First Person: Take Sunday School back to basics

    January 14 2010 by David Francis, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- During the last decade or so there has been a lot of experimentation with Bible study ministries in churches. Some have changed the named from Sunday School to Bible fellowships, Life Groups or just Bible study in hopes of seeming more relevant to newcomers.

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  • The best and worst movies of 2009

    December 30 2009 by Phil Boatwright | with 1 comments

     KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP)--Crude comedies and end-of-the-world actioneers dominated the box office in 2009. Missing was the spiritual poignancy found in past dramas like "Schindler's List" and "Dead Man Walking. " Absent were guileless comedies such as 1965's sight gag festooned "The Great Race," or the droll, anecdotal-laced standup concert "Bill Cosby: Himself.

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  • Please Come to the 2009 Annual Session

    October 19 2009 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 2 comments

    This will be my last opportunity in the Biblical Recorder to encourage you to attend the 2009 annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC). This gathering will be held on November 9-11 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.

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