Guest Columns
  • An ever-escalating identity crisis

    December 5 2018 by Charles Patrick | with 0 comments

    Man has been plagued with the desire to “play God” since Genesis 3. This includes promoting “imago” self rather than “imago Dei. ” That is, culture is obsessed with representing self, according to one’s own design.

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  • I’m in. Are you?

    December 5 2018 by Tony Wolfe | with 0 comments

    No doubt the 120 believers in Jerusalem’s First Downtown Church Plant, in Acts Chapter 1, were uneasy. The commission Jesus had given them was completely impossible. Unless, of course, God wanted to do something fresh, new and maybe even a little bit unconventional.

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  • 4 pegs

    November 30 2018 by Curtis A. Woods | with 0 comments

    Richard F. Lovelace, in his work Dynamics of Spiritual Life: An Evangelical Theology of Renewal, explains how the Puritan Richard Baxter labored extensively on developing a core doctrinal belief that would unite all English Christians.   Baxter, according to Lovelace, leaned on the words of Rupert Meldenius, a lesser-known 17th century European theologian, who said, “Unity in essentials, liberty in incidentals, and in all things charity.

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  • Marijuana’s momentum

    November 29 2018 by Brian Hobbs | with 0 comments

    The 2018 midterm elections saw many winners and losers. Yet the much-discussed Nov. 6 vote had one big winner that some people are not talking about.   READ MORE

  • Hatred, racism, forgiveness

    November 28 2018 by Keith Shorter | with 0 comments

    Do you know the internal struggle of trying to forgive someone who has deliberately hurt you or someone in your family? Reverend Anthony Thompson knows exactly what that feels like.   His wife Myra was one of the nine people murdered on June 15, 2015, at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.

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  • Be missional in the marketplace this holiday season

    November 26 2018 by Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments

    Five years ago around this time of year, I was on my phone scrolling through social media when a few posts written by Christian friends grabbed my attention.   They read:   – “So tired of this corporate greed. The holidays are about faith and family.

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  • MOVIES: … I’m thankful for

    November 21 2018 by Phil Boatwright | with 0 comments

    Numerous films have enriched me either through amusement (“The Nutty Professor” with Jerry Lewis; “The Mouse That Roared”; “Dr.

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  • Be thankful together

    November 20 2018 by Autumn Wall | with 0 comments

    Thanksgiving is a great time to remind our hearts of the importance of expressing our gratefulness to God and to each other.

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  • Codfish & catfish

    November 19 2018 by Tim Patterson | with 0 comments

    I often ask God, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” It seems as though some of us are constantly doing battle with life itself and at every turn there is a new challenge.   Yet there are others who seem to live in the lap of luxury without a care in the world.

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  • Confidence in Christ

    November 15 2018 by David Jeremiah | with 0 comments

    Our days are fleeting; they may end before the next sunrise. Yet God’s children are never insecure.   The Bible says of us, “We are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. . .

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  • 2 families came

    November 14 2018 by DeAnna Gibson | with 0 comments

    The day finally arrived to kick off our church’s new special needs ministry through a community outreach event. Our church planned, prepared, promoted and prayed weeks in advance.   The weather was warm and sunny, and every volunteer came in matching T-shirts with smiles and hope for each family we would meet.

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  • Where poppies grow

    November 13 2018 by Sarah Dixon Young | with 0 comments

    November 11th marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.   The world mourned the loss of approximately 20 million military personnel and civilians during The Great War. Many began wearing red poppies to commemorate the fallen.   READ MORE

  • Why I’m thankful to be a North Carolina Baptist

    November 12 2018 by Steve Scoggins | with 0 comments

    I cannot tell you what an honor it is to be elected as president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina! I look forward to getting to know more and more of you over the next year.   This past convention was one of the most inspiring I have ever attended, beginning with the Pastors’ Conference led by Matt Capps.

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  • The photo on my phone

    November 9 2018 by Sammi Carby | with 0 comments

    On my phone there is a photograph that I catch a glimpse of every day – sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. Some days I linger a bit longer, but regardless, I see it every day.   It’s a very personal and protected photo to our family, one that we will forever cherish and hold dear.

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  • Jesus took naps

    November 7 2018 by Jim Futral | with 0 comments

    That was the message on a sweatshirt worn by a senior adult at a gathering at one of our churches. So pointed, so provoking, so simple – and so true. READ MORE

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