Guest Columns
  • The worth of work

    August 5 2019 by Paul Kim | with 0 comments

    Most people wake up in the morning to go to work. During rush hour, cars are bumper-to-bumper while people on public transportation often are jammed-packed like sardines.   From the beginning of time, humans have...

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  • Why we must send more missionaries of color

    August 2 2019 by Doug Logan | with 0 comments

    I grew up in historically black churches. I planted an inner-city church. Now I pastor a multi-ethnic congregation, and I work with planters in urban communities around the world. But I only know one black missionary serving on the field today...

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  • The Cooperative Program makes more sense now than ever

    July 31 2019 by Steve Scoggins, BSC president | with 0 comments

    One of our younger leaders in North Carolina recently told me about discussions he has participated in with other young ministers interested in church planting. He said the conversations often feature a popular missions and church planting network...

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  • Does church membership matter?

    July 30 2019 by J.D. Greear | with 0 comments

    There was a time when the question of church membership was not much of a question at all. Jump back a generation or two, and nearly every church in the country had a roster of members.   Now the question, however...

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  • Is Sunday still special?

    July 29 2019 by Brian Hobbs | with 0 comments

    According to LifeWay Research, 77 percent of churchgoers say they take an intentional day of rest, with most doing so on Sunday. This idea of a Sabbath dates back to the Old Testament, even to the creation week itself.   Societies and...

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  • Carrying your cross

    July 25 2019 by Clara Molina | with 0 comments

    There are Christians who say, “What a cross to bear! How long am I going to suffer?” They might think that carrying their cross means surviving a long-standing difficult situation, enduring abuse by another person or suffering from a...

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  • Hotel-heightened hospitality

    July 24 2019 by Anteneshia Sanders | with 0 comments

    I didn’t think much about hotels until I started working at one.   Crisp linens, a TV, hopefully breakfast and some of those tiny lotions – what else was there to think about?   A whole lot more...

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  • SBC decline: Is it really as bad as it sounds?

    July 22 2019 by Steve Scoggins | with 0 comments

    If you only read the headlines that appear in the media, you would conclude the sky is falling on American Christianity. That is not true. Glenn Stanton has summarized several legitimate studies of religion in America to give us a hopeful...

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  • Thankful for FUGE

    July 18 2019 by Nathan A. Finn | with 0 comments

    Sitting in a rocking chair on a balcony at Ridgecrest Conference Center near Black Mountain, N.C., I listened to teenagers below sing the popular worship songs “What a Beautiful Name” and “No Longer Slaves.”   ...

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  • Those who weep

    July 17 2019 by Erich Bridges | with 0 comments

    Recently I spent time with two old friends. Both are grieving.   One just lost his mother to cancer. The other lost his wife – also to cancer – three years ago. His best friend died of a massive heart attack a few weeks ago...

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  • In a small village in the Levant, ISIS is gone. The bombs have been silenced. The violence has passed. In its place is a stillness – a darkness that hovers, testifying to what happened here. Some call it terrorism, some call it religion...

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  • ‘My heart’s primary focus’

    July 15 2019 by Gary W. Hawkins | with 0 comments

    My Native American family of Creek and Cherokee descent was at best a nominal Christian family, but as a child I have fond memories of Vacation Bible School and going to church on rare occasions.   Although I wasn’t taught the Word of...

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  • Surfer Bethany Hamilton faces new challenges in ‘Unstoppable’

    America first saw Bethany Hamilton as the 13-year-old surfer who lost her arm to a tiger shark.   ES Entertainment photo Bethany Hamilton remains one of the surfing world's stars more than 15 years after losing...

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  • What women need

    July 9 2019 by Kassie Prather | with 0 comments

    While working with a program that prepared couples for long-term missions, I began to notice a deeply troubling gap in the expectations and the definitions of spiritual excellence for males and females.   Husbands...

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  • A North Carolina path for affordable ministerial education

    July 8 2019 by Steve Scoggins, BSC president | with 0 comments

    I recently was made aware of a change that will enable more students to pursue quality ministerial education in North Carolina. For years, the Charles B. Keesee Scholarship has helped pay tuition for North Carolina students when they pursued their...

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