Guest Columns
  • Obviously God

    December 1 2017 by Dan DeWitt, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Have you ever looked for your sunglasses only to discover you’re still wearing them? Sometimes what you’re after is right under your nose, or in the case of your glasses, right above it. We can be experts at missing the obvious.   In Romans 1, the apostle Paul explains that God’s invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature are clearly seen in what God has made.

  • Preppers, fear & faith

    November 30 2017 by Erich Bridges, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Have you built your underground bunker yet?   Don’t wait too long. If hurricanes and earthquakes don’t get you, terrorists and North Korean nukes might – not to mention lone gunmen randomly spraying bullets. We live in fearful times.

  • ‘We simply talked about the Savior’

    November 29 2017 by Jacqueline Scott, Illinois Baptist | with 0 comments

    I was blessed to join a group of individuals recently with a heart to reach out to people in Cairo, Ill. This town on the southern tip of the state is a fraction of the size it once was and is plagued by poverty, crime and despair.   Speaking to others about Christ is my passion, especially in a street ministry setting.

  • Will you stand against racism?

    November 27 2017 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., Guest Column | with 0 comments

    During my address to messengers at the recent annual meeting of our Baptist State Convention, I spoke of how many churches and their members have lost their vision to see people come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.   Some of the sad and tragic reasons that believers are not interested in reaching out to people living around them are because they speak a different language, have a different cultural background or have skin that is a different color.

  • Why Baptists should celebrate Advent

    November 27 2017 by J.R. Parks, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    As we approach this wonderful time of the year, many Protestants and Catholics are preparing to celebrate the season of Advent. Many Baptists, however, are unfamiliar with the tradition, and thus are left wondering what Advent is and why we should celebrate it.

  • Praying for others

    November 22 2017 by Ronnie Floyd, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    If prayer and the desire for evangelism are genuine, they happen simultaneously.   Are local churches, denominations, ministries and the prayer movement in America praying for others to come to Jesus Christ? Are you praying for others? Do you call out specific names to God each day?   America needs Jesus Christ more now than ever before.

  • Unprepared for eternity

    November 21 2017 by David Jeremiah, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Oh, the unbelievable horror of putting off Christ! The eternal sadness of waiting one day too long!   It’s akin to the terror of those who delayed boarding the ark in the days of Noah or those who failed to escape Sodom and Gomorrah when they had the opportunity.

  • Whatever happened to obedience?

    November 20 2017 by Doug Metzger, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Years back, the church often sang the hymn “Trust and Obey. ” It offered a great truth: To be happy in Jesus, we need to trust the Lord implicitly and obey Him completely.   Looking at the church today, do you ever wonder whatever happened to obedience? We find so many struggling to find happiness in the Christian life.

  • Reaching refugees, reaching the nations

    November 17 2017 by Bryant Wright, IMB | with 0 comments

    In 2015, Syrian families seeking refuge from the brutal war in their homeland began arriving in our city.   As senior pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga. , it has been my privilege to lead our people to engage with and serve those refugees, principally in metro Atlanta where they have gathered from all over the world.

  • Movies: Kid-friendly animation & Christ’s incarnation

    November 16 2017 by Phil Boatwright, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Though a bit early to hang stockings over the mantle, it’s never too soon to hear a retelling of the first Christmas. With that reasoning, Sony Pictures’ premieres “The Star,” a new animated version of the birth of Jesus, in theaters Nov.

  • The necessity of patience

    November 15 2017 by Susie Hawkins, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    “Lord, give me patience, and give it to me right now!”   Patience is a virtue that does not come naturally to most of us. We hesitate to pray for it, since we know it comes out of trials and suffering.   Cultivating patience is not easy, but it is a mark of spiritual maturity.

  • Giving thanks ‘in’ & ‘for’

    November 14 2017 by Michael Kelley, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    There are a few verses that most Christ followers at least sort of know by heart. Verses like John 3:16. Or Hebrews 11:1. Or this one:   “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

  • Women & God’s design for the church

    November 10 2017 by Candi Finch, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Have you noticed that Christianity sometimes gets a bad rap when it comes to women? The notion that God has a distinct plan for womanhood has offended plenty of people inside and outside the church.   Truth be told, there was a time when those ideas ruffled my feathers.

  • Where in the world is God?

    November 9 2017 by Frank S. Page, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    One of the most often asked questions today is, “Where in the world is God?”   With horrible tragedies ringing in our minds such as school, workplace, event and, most recently, church massacres, we are sometimes prone to ask this very same question.

  • Lostness & brokenness

    November 8 2017 by Chuck Lawless, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    As Christians, we are called to share the gospel with the world (Matthew 28:18-20). Studies show us, though, that most Christians seldom if ever share their faith with a non-believer.   If evangelism is a struggle for you, think about these ways to deepen your burden over those who are without Christ:   1.

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