Guest Columns
  • They imploded my building!

    January 12 2018 by Jimmy Draper, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    It is rare for any of us to have buildings named after us. It is even more rare for us to observe the destruction of those buildings. But it happens – in fact it just did in Nashville where the Draper Tower was reduced to rubble in a few seconds on Jan.

  • Ala. vs. Ga.: Post-season play in a postmodern era

    January 11 2018 by David H. McKinley, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    At the risk of adding to the paralysis of analysis (ad infinitum, ad nauseam) following big games, I have found myself captured by a powerful parable I need to examine and express before time passes and the imagery of the Alabama victory fades.   Monday night’s National Championship game between Alabama and Georgia in the College Football Playoffs displayed all the expected traits of the strong, calculated and daring leadership Nick Saban has brought and continues to bring to college football in this era.

  • Is church membership biblical?

    January 10 2018 by Bill Connors, Baptist New Mexican | with 0 comments

    Some Christians struggle with the idea of formal local church membership. They feel uncomfortable with the idea that some folks are “in” and other folks are “out. ” They ask, “Where in the Bible does the idea of formally recognized church membership appear?”   Settling the issue of church membership requires understanding the biblical concept of a local church, embracing the types of covenants that existed between early believers, accepting that New Testament church members knew who was and was not part of their group and recognizing a believer’s Kingdom-citizen responsibilities.

  • Why we are pro-life

    January 9 2018 by J.D. Greear, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked” (Psalm 82:2-4 ESV).

  • 10 resolutions for missions in the New Year

    January 5 2018 by Chuck Lawless, IMB | with 0 comments

    It’s a new year – a time when many of us make resolutions. If you’re like I am, those resolutions are often self-focused. We plan to exercise more, eat less, save more dollars, take more time off, accomplish some long-delayed goals and generally make this year more productive than the last one.

  • Start somewhere

    January 4 2018 by Keith Shorter, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    I went to Southeast Asia recently with some other leaders from across South Carolina. The night before I left, a friend of mine came by to pray with me. He once served as a missionary in one of the countries we were going to visit. He was excited that I would finally be in the country he loved so dearly.

  • Will the pro-life movement sink or swim?

    January 3 2018 by Dayton Hartman, Intersect Project | with 0 comments

    Learning to swim is a terrifying experience. You are thrown into a body of liquid that could fill your lungs and kill you within minutes, and you’ve got to figure out how to stay on top of that liquid or die. This fun, summertime activity really is a life and death struggle.

  • The state of preaching in the SBC

    January 2 2018 by Frank S. Page, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    I think I can say that I travel back and forth across the country as much as or more than, just about anyone within the Southern Baptist Convention. This allows me great opportunity to visit every size church as well as state conventions and associations, seminaries, colleges, universities and other groups.

  • The newspaper & your leadership

    December 29 2017 by Randy Adams, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    It was once said a preacher ought to have the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other – that the sermon needs to connect biblical truth to life today, life in this world and life in a particular place.   That image of the pastor-preacher with the Bible and the newspaper made sense when I first heard it many years ago.

  • CHRISTMAS: No need to grieve alone

    December 22 2017 by Jesse Campbell, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    I just wanted to make her smile once. That was all I wanted that Christmas. I wanted my wife to smile again.   Christmastime has taken a quantum leap toward the better in my family over the past few years. Our 2012 Christmas was mired in grief with few glimmers of glee.

  • 10 community questions pastors should be prepared to answer

    December 20 2017 by Chuck Lawless, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    When I do a church consultation, I usually want to know if pastoral leaders know the answers to the questions below. Too often, they don’t – and that finding usually coincides with finding a church that is inwardly focused.   1.

  • How long can you run?

    December 19 2017 by Randy Bennett, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Back when our son was 5 or 6, he desperately wanted to take a drive to the local park where he could fly his new Christmas kite.   There was just one problem – there was no breeze or wind to sustain the kite.   I tried to explain to my hopeful little boy how impossible it would be to fly his kite without any wind.

  • Christmas hospitality: How missions, parties collide

    December 18 2017 by Preston Fidler, IMB | with 0 comments

    In our part of the world, there are no Christmas parades, no lines to visit Santa and no corner lots filled with cut trees for sale. But our neighbors – most of whom have never observed Christmas – know that we celebrate Jesus.   This isn’t because our front lawn has a giant nativity scene or because we put on a spectacular laser light show (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

  • IMB’s Platt: When we pray, God works

    December 15 2017 by IMB staff | with 0 comments

    No matter what the story is, whether it’s a family planting a church in a doctor’s office in Japan or a young man sharing truth over coffee with university students in Mexico City, International Mission Board president David Platt says two things are true: God is at work through missionaries around the world and praying for them matters.

  • What would Jesus do about harassment?

    December 14 2017 by Eric Reed, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    We had to terminate a deacon in a church I once pastored. No one wanted to do it, because he had served for 40 years, and because his wife was one of the kindest, godliest women any of us knew. They were pillars in our church. But it had to be done.

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