Guest Columns
  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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