Guest Columns
  • Crucify self?

    March 29 2019 by Sarah Dixon Young | with 0 comments

    When we moved from Florida to North Dakota, I was surprised at the number of official documents we needed to change.   Driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations and insurance, health insurance, mailing address for all our bills...

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  • Looking for heaven on earth

    March 28 2019 by Lynn Pryor | with 0 comments

    I am all for improving society and culture, but what should that look like?   My Democratic friends tell me one thing. My Republican friends tell me another.   Some of my evangelical friends tell me one...

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  • Are you an enemy of the cross of Christ?

    March 27 2019 by Kelvin J. Cochran | with 0 comments

    “For I have told you often before, and now I say it again with tears in my eyes, there are many who walk along the Christian road who are really enemies of the cross of Christ,” the apostle Paul lamented.   ...

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  • Try a little boredom

    March 21 2019 by Gary Ledbetter | with 0 comments

    Aren’t we restless people? It seems our restlessness has expanded with our ability to hold endless long-distance conversations – or to be distracted within a few feet from one another.   That’s...

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  • 3 reasons why young people leave the church

    March 19 2019 by Jason Allen | with 0 comments

    Why young adults leave the church is one of the most vexing questions facing the church today. A 2007 LifeWay Christian Resources survey indicated that 70 percent of 18-22 year-olds stop attending church for at least one year. Furthermore, Barna...

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  • Your imperfect local church

    March 18 2019 by Doug Munton | with 0 comments

    Perhaps you have noticed that your local church isn’t perfect. If you haven’t, many people will be happy to point that out to you.   The lost world, disgruntled former members and even some in contemporary Christian culture...

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  • Old & new

    March 13 2019 by Nate Adams | with 0 comments

    This past year, my sons convinced my wife that I needed a new watch. Frankly, that idea hadn’t occurred to me, because I already have a nice watch, one that has worked well for more than 20 years. It’s also meaningful to me because it...

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  • A chance to live

    March 12 2019 by Clara Molina | with 0 comments

    As I walked into the crisis pregnancy center where I volunteered for the first time, I could feel the presence of God guiding me to serve there.   The psalmist’s declaration in God’s Word was on my mind and still is today...

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  • Adversity, suffering & Christ’s healing

    March 11 2019 by David Jeremiah | with 0 comments

    On Aug. 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas. The wind and rain left behind devastating flooding that forced thousands to feel from their homes. But even after the water receded, the psychological impact on the...

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  • Draper: When God says ‘no’

    March 8 2019 by Jimmy Draper | with 0 comments

    When God says “no” it can be even more marvelous than when He says “yes.”   The apostle Paul, in Acts 16, begins his second missionary journey, carefully planning to revisit the cities in his first missionary journey...

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  • LaVern told me about Jesus

    March 7 2019 by Kevin White | with 0 comments

    Church planting is not new or something special to our day of ministry. Here in Nevada and across the Southern Baptist Convention, Jesus-centered, gospel-purposed church planting as well as church revitalization have long been at our roots.  ...

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  • Impacting lostness through opioid awareness

    March 5 2019 by Robert E. Jordan | with 0 comments

    The Christian Life and Public Affairs Special (CLPA) Committee is focusing on the opioid epidemic. The committee desires to raise awareness of opioid poisoning and addiction among N.C. Baptists. The tragedies associated with opioid poisoning and...

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  • The fire of Moloch

    February 28 2019 by Robert Lopez | with 0 comments

    Ever since I can remember, my parents taught me to respect the right to life and sowed in my heart a passion to care for and protect the weakest. Seeing the events in recent weeks in our nation as people with power and influence attempt to permit...

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  • Becoming vulnerable

    February 27 2019 by Kimberly Merida | with 0 comments

    “What can I even do to help?”   Once people understand the overwhelming problem of modern-day slavery, that question often stops people in their tracks. Human trafficking is such an enormous issue that would-be advocates find it...

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  • Unforeseen joy

    February 25 2019 by Veronica Greear | with 0 comments

    It is unquestioned among the women I know: Being in the ministry is hard. And let me say up front, clearly, that I am not here to dispute that.   However, I find myself unsure why I don’t often think in negative terms – that is,...

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