Guest Columns
  • The God who speaks

    October 23 2018 by Randy Bennett | with 0 comments

    I can remember participating in worship services when the speaker asked us to stand and shout out our favorite name for God.   The Great I Am.

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  • Fall, family & friends

    October 22 2018 by David Jeremiah | with 0 comments

    This season of the year lends itself to gaining a renewed focus on what is important – not only for growing into a more intimate relationship with God, but also to set aside time to let your family and friends know how much they mean to you.   READ MORE

  • Our schedules, an idol?

    October 18 2018 by Terry Dorsett | with 0 comments

    For a growing number of people time is actually more precious than money.   Many of us fill our days running here and there trying to keep up with our overcrowded calendars.

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  • I could hear their heart

    October 17 2018 by Laura Hurd | with 0 comments

    I signed up my oldest son on a whim and without his knowledge for a camp hosted by a local church that serves the community through their Upward Basketball program.   READ MORE

  • Philadelphia: finish the race

    October 16 2018 by Clay Smith | with 0 comments

    Sixth in a series   “It’s not how you start, but how you finish. ” In the proverbial story of the tortoise and hare, the hare darts out quickly, but a series of distractions and compromises renders its defeat.

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  • Disaster relief & cooperation

    October 15 2018 by Ken Hemphill | with 0 comments

    During my years of service to Southern Baptists, I have frequently been asked why I am a Southern Baptist. Early on, I humorously but accurately responded that I was born one. My dad was a Baptist pastor for more than 50 years in North Carolina. Truth is, my Baptist roots go back for several generations.

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  • Unknown heroes

    October 11 2018 by Chuck Lawless | with 0 comments

    Just thinking about some men who are faithful heroes:   1. They’re pastoring churches that are average size in North America.

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  • Preaching from God & before God

    October 10 2018 by Tony Wolfe | with 0 comments

    As a young man, when I accepted the call to pastor a church I was both excited and terrified – excited to begin the new season of leading and serving Christ’s bride yet terrified that I may fail them.   READ MORE

  • An evangelism ethos

    October 9 2018 by J.D. Greear | with 0 comments

    Among the lessons we’ve learned at our church, five elements are necessary to create an evangelistic ethos, either in an individual Christian or in an entire church.   READ MORE

  • Lessons from a British cemetery

    October 8 2018 by Courtney McLean | with 0 comments

    Just for a minute, imagine walking down a cobblestone path older than the United States, hearing dainty British women speak about the unusually hot weather (75 degrees!), standing in a cathedral that stretches so high you have to crane your neck to take it all in, fish and chips, tea and scones, and green – lush green – everywhere.

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  • Kavanaugh, Ford & my Sunday School youth

    October 5 2018 by Doug Parkin | with 0 comments

    This was written as a letter by Doug Parkin to eighth-grade boys he teaches in Sunday School.   Most of you are probably aware of the Senate hearings about Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the controversy regarding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s claims about him when they were teenagers.

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  • Pastor appreciation: Bless him, bless yourself

    October 4 2018 by Jim Futral | with 0 comments

    For years, the month of October has been designated as Pastor Appreciation Month. This is a wonderful opportunity not only for the church to bless him but also to bless yourself through strengthening the relationship through expressing your care for his ministry.

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  • Cooperative Program: The pulpit, the lectern & CP

    October 3 2018 by Todd R. Chipman | with 0 comments

    In November, I will celebrate 18 years pastoring the same church in Kansas City.   When God called me to my church, I was a master of divinity student at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS).

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  • Sardis: Be watchful

    October 2 2018 by Chip Hannah | with 0 comments

    Fifth in a series   My wife is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) for a local hospital, so she puts people under sedation before they go into surgery.

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  • Video game diagnosis

    September 28 2018 by Brian Hobbs | with 0 comments

    With the school year underway, many parents are breathing a sigh of relief. For far too many families, the summer hours were spent not with fun in the sun but in endless screen time in the form of movies, TV shows, music and the ever-present video games.

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