Guest Columns
  • Peru’s dream of a World Cup: A lesson for missions

    July 3 2018 by Jennifer Waldrep, IMB | with 0 comments

    Tears streamed down the cheeks of thousands of Peruvians who traveled to Russia only to see their World Cup dream end with an 0-1 loss to France at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg. Yet, what mattered – what Peruvians savored – is that after 36 years on the outside, their national soccer team contended as a World …

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  • FOURTH OF JULY: My favorite holiday

    July 2 2018 by Daryl C. Cornett | with 0 comments

    Independence Day is my favorite holiday – an occasion to celebrate our country’s existence and have some mandatory fun!   There is nothing particularly religious about it, and that’s just fine. I like the family gatherings, cookouts, parades and fireworks.

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  • This is our time

    June 29 2018 by Tony Wolfe | with 0 comments

    “This is our time,” young pastors and church leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention can be heard saying. And so it is. We now are on the shoulders of those who have come before us. And one day atop our shoulders the next generation will stand.

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  • Spiritually fit

    June 28 2018 by Doug Metzger | with 0 comments

    If one of our children got into their 20s and still acted like a 2-year-old, we would have a big problem on our hands – worse still, if they got into their 30s and 40s and were still acting like immature children. Yet from a spiritual standpoint, how careless and complacent some can be toward their spiritual growth.

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  • Needing qualified people

    June 27 2018 by Hance Dilbeck | with 0 comments

    Old football coaches have a saying: “It’s Jimmies and Joes not X’s and O’s that win football games. ”   A team might have an excellent game plan, creative formations and cutting-edge equipment, but if their players are untrained, weak and slow, they will not win many games.

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  • My takeaways from SBC 2018

    June 25 2018 by Chris Hefner | with 0 comments

    I grew up going to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meetings. My father retired a few years ago from more than 40 years of ministry as a pastor of SBC churches. We attended SBC meetings as a family in cities like Atlanta and Orlando. Now, I attend as a senior pastor representing the SBC church I serve.

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  • Winsomeness, personified

    June 22 2018 by Susie Hawkins | with 0 comments

    Our church had an active women’s ministry and was holding our very first women’s conference. I was excited because our main speaker was Marge Caldwell, famed speaker and teacher from Houston, Texas. Marge, who died in 2006 at age 91, had a huge national following and was known for her humor and wit, but she …

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  • What makes a good mission team

    June 21 2018 by Keith Shorter, Mt. Airy Baptist Church | with 0 comments

    Churches all across America will be taking short-term mission trips this summer to places like Cleveland, Boston, Uganda and Thailand. Recently, I asked some missionaries, church planters and missions leaders a strategic question: What did the best mission teams do that made you glad they came? The insights listed below were gleaned from their answers.

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  • Pointed words from Brother Louis Beloney

    June 20 2018 by Fred Luter | with 0 comments

    I am the middle of five kids. My mom and dad were divorced when I was six years old. As a single mother of five kids, my mom had a lot of rules; however, the one that was non-negotiable was that everyone in our house had to attend church on Sunday mornings. My mom would …

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  • Very optimistic

    June 15 2018 by Jeff Iorg | with 0 comments

    A student recently asked me, “How do you feel about the future of the Southern Baptist Convention?” He was surprised by my answer, “Very positive.” He replied, “Don’t some of the current problems mean the convention is in trouble?” My answer was, “No, not really.” He asked for some explanation and here are the reasons …

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  • Never stop praying!

    June 11 2018 by Michael Waters | with 0 comments

    In the spring of 2016, I learned that Harvey “Pete” Overcash was in a nursing home for rehabilitation, due to an accident with a garden tiller. He did not attend our church, but his wife, Norma, was a faithful member for more than 40 years and had recently become home bound with declining health. She …

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  • 2018 marks my “golden anniversary” as a Southern Baptist. Fifty years ago I came to faith in Christ through the witness of a Southern Baptist pastor and was baptized into a Southern Baptist congregation. READ MORE

  • Stories around the casket

    June 7 2018 by Wendy Baker | with 0 comments

    As terrible as experiencing my father’s funeral visitation was, it was nevertheless a rich time of remembering.     One thing that I will always cherish was getting to hear people, even strangers to me, come through the line and tell about their personal interactions with Dad, such as how he loved to sing and play his guitar; their shared love for fishing and hunting; and how he was a family man.

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  • Rascally feelings

    June 6 2018 by Rhonda Rhea | with 0 comments

    What if all our deleted selfies are actually saved up somewhere?   I’m not sure how I feel about that.

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  • Being fit for all the right reasons

    June 5 2018 by Kathy Ferguson Litton | with 0 comments

    Americans today are grossly unhealthy in record numbers. Despite having tons of resources and education, the evidence is mounting that Americans are more obese than ever and exercise isn’t helping, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released in March.

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