Guest Columns
  • A former social worker’s perspective

    May 17 2012 by Janice LaRoy, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Having been a Child Protective Services (CPS) worker and later an adult probation officer with a specialized sex offender caseload, I can assure you that child abuse in the form of sexual molestation is very real. I conducted hundreds of...

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  • ‘Kids need a mom & dad’ shouldn’t be controversial

    May 15 2012 by Joseph Backholm, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    According to the Declaration of Independence, our Founding Fathers held certain truths to be self-evident. By my understanding, that means that there were some things we could agree were true even if millions of dollars had not been spent studying...

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  • America’s moral fabric is ripped

    May 14 2012 by John Yeats, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    By now we’ve all read or heard too much information about the Secret Service prostitution scandal. At least 20 women were in hotel rooms with U.S. agents and military personnel just before President Obama arrived for a summit with Latin...

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  • The marriage debate & the future of evangelical response

    May 11 2012 by Ed Stetzer, Baptist Press | with 1 comments

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After both Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan pushed for acceptance of same-sex marriage May 6, North Carolina reversed the trend and became the *30th state to amend its constitution to define...

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  • Mother’s Day & the infertile

    May 10 2012 by Russell D. Moore, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Mother’s Day is a particularly sensitive time in many congregations, and pastors and church leaders often don’t even know it. This is true even in congregations that don’t focus the entire service around...

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  • ‘Don’t look back’ is terrible advice

    May 10 2012 by Erich Bridges, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – Don’t look back. That is one of the worst pieces of advice you’ll ever hear. Naturally, you hear it all the time. “Positive thinkers” and pop psychologists love it. Forget the past, they say. You...

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  • Prioritizing work in N. America

    May 9 2012 by Kevin Ezell, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    Sometimes I am asked how the North American Mission Board (NAMB) is prioritizing its work in North America. There are probably a few different ways we could do that, but I tell people we are letting the numbers draw our map and letting God be our...

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  • Annual Church Profile: a story of cooperation

    May 8 2012 by Ed Stetzer, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    Numbers are neither the reason the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) exists nor the best thing we do together. However, the Annual Church Profile (ACP) process exhibits the voluntary cooperation between local churches, associations, state...

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  • What counts as plagiarism in a sermon?

    May 7 2012 by J.D. Greear, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    The question of plagiarism in sermon preparation is rather tricky, primarily because we are interpreting a document (the Bible) which has been interpreted by thousands of people for the last 3,000 years. Almost everything we say, especially...

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  • 9 keys to reaching college students

    May 3 2012 by J.D. Greear and Rupert Leary, Guest column 9 keys to reaching college students | with 0 comments

    DURHAM, N.C. (BP) – There are three well-established facts regarding Christianity and college students that ought to capture the attention of any gospel-loving pastor: 1) college is a time of unprecedented openness to all things, including...

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  • 10 things your kids should know about money

    May 1 2012 by Chuck Bentley, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    One of the greatest gifts you could ever give your children is the ability to handle money wisely. It’s a skill set that will serve them well all throughout life, and sadly, not one they’re likely to learn in school.

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  • What will the Marriage Amendment do?

    May 1 2012 by NC Representative Paul Stam, House Majority Leader | with 0 comments

    On May 8th the voters will decide whether this provision should be added to the Constitution: “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.  This Section does...

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  • Uncool? Deal with it

    April 30 2012 by Erich Bridges, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – I had to sympathize with rock singer Bono when he discovered he was uncool. Uncool? The frontman for supergroup U2, one of the biggest bands in the world? The activist who travels the globe and meets with kings and...

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  • Churches, not infrastructure, best way to reach new areas

    April 27 2012 by Kevin Ezell, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    As president of the North American Mission Board (NAMB) in a time of transition and change, I am often asked about the direction and vision of this mission agency. To be honest, on some things, we are learning our way into the future. As we work...

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  • Remembering Chuck Colson, the church member

    April 26 2012 by Hayes Wicker, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    While multitudes mourn the death of Charles Colson, probably the best-known and most influential American Christian other than Billy Graham, I experience a profound sadness as his pastor of 20 years. I first met Chuck while in view of a call.

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