Guest Columns
  • Lessons from Flight 1380

    April 24 2018 by Adam Covington, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    The Southwest Airlines plane traveling from New York’s LaGuardia airport to the Dallas Love Field airport has been at the forefront of many Americans’ minds and Facebook feeds. Flight 1308, which experienced an engine failure at 30,000 feet just 30 minutes into the flight path, executed an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

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  • A Bible in his pocket

    April 23 2018 by Keith Shorter, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    I sometimes wonder if God ever smiles and says to an angel, “Watch this!” Many days we follow God out of obedience. Then there are other days when we get a glimpse at what God routinely does behind the scenes. Those are the days that make you shake your head in amazement! READ MORE

  • Experiencing the Holy Spirit

    April 20 2018 by Shane Pruitt, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    For some Christians, the Holy Spirit is something we experience intellectually through songs and hymns but not someone we consciously relate to on a daily basis. We know He exists, and we know that He is a part of the Trinity of God, but because we don’t know what scripture teaches about Him, we tend to ignore Him.

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  • Googling autism & the church

    April 19 2018 by DeAnna Gibson, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Sitting in a hallway of our church one typical Sunday morning, holding my child in my lap as he curled into the tightest 5-year old ball he could make, I pleaded with him to return to class and try again. Something about the morning had set him off, and no one was sure why.

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  • Equipping the American church for missions

    April 18 2018 by Emily Verlin, IMB | with 0 comments

    Before I moved back to the U. S. after serving as a missionary for two years in South Asia, many people told me to expect a difficult season as I returned home. They told me I would experience reverse culture shock in a variety of ways.   Reverse culture shock is a common experience for many returned missionaries.

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  • Seminary or cemetery?

    April 17 2018 by Micah Carter, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    As a young ministerial student in college, I’d eagerly accept any opportunity to speak so that I might grow and develop as a preacher of the gospel. A frequent venue for me was a “brotherhood breakfast” in small rural churches.   After speaking at one particular meeting, an older man approached me and engaged in conversation.

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  • Why attend denominational meetings?

    April 13 2018 by Gary Ledbetter, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    When the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) comes to Dallas this summer for its annual meeting, it will do so for the second time since 1985. That 1985 meeting was the largest convention meeting ever, the high water mark of our movement to return the SBC to its commitment to biblical authority.

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  • Play the ball where the monkey throws it

    April 12 2018 by Jim Futral, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    A friend of mine told me about a strange experience he had while on a mission trip in Africa. Some of the folks there wanted to play golf one afternoon at a course on the edge of a large city. He was not a golfer, but just to have some fellowship with them, he went along.

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  • Evangelism ‘by the Book’ & ‘from the heart’

    April 11 2018 by Matt Queen, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    A professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary used his sabbatical 17 years ago to address his concern that “evangelism is often recognized as the heartbeat of the church, yet it is rarely the focus of serious research among biblical scholars,” according to his book on the topic.

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  • Your sins don’t define you

    April 10 2018 by Shea Hicks, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    “You messed up, and this mistake will always be a part of you, from now on. ”   Have you ever been told that? I am not talking about making a mistake like spilling your coffee on the white rug, or misspelling a word or backing your car into a shopping cart.

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  • COOPERATIVE PROGRAM: Sandlots, whirlpools & CP

    April 9 2018 by Travis Southern, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    What do sandlots and whirlpools have to do with the Cooperative Program? When I was young, we would spend seemingly endless summers at either one of two places: the baseball diamond or a neighborhood swimming pool.   While there were certainly organized sports teams, most of my baseball career was spent playing pickup games at the sandlot in the middle of our neighborhood.

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  • Welcome to the Masters

    April 6 2018 by David H. McKinley, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    There’s nothing like springtime here in Augusta!   The vibrant appearance of variegated azaleas along with an explosion of blossoming trees and flowers make this city beautiful! Augusta is known as the Garden City, yet even the glory of the flowers is trumped each year with the return of the Masters Golf Tournament.

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  • Less me. More Him.

    April 5 2018 by Rhonda Rhea, The Pathway | with 0 comments

    Sometimes I long to see God do more. A new thing. Around me and in me and through me.   When I pray and then stop and think what that might require, it pretty much always boils down to this: Less me. More Him.   There’s no doubt I need to become much less satisfied with everything chocolate-covered and comfy-cozy and much more resolute in the Kingdom work that will bring Him glory.

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  • The 2017 CP report: For celebration and accountability

    April 4 2018 by BR Editorial Staff | with 0 comments

    The Cooperative Program (CP) is the financial core of Southern Baptist missions and ministries. Local churches throughout North Carolina have voluntarily participated in the CP since its inception nearly 100 years ago. In fact, our network of more than 4,300 churches has often set the standard of generous missions giving for Southern Baptists across the nation.

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  • When the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) convenes in June, at least two men will be nominated for president: J. D. Greear and READ MORE

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