Guest Columns
  • Unknown heroes

    October 11 2018 by Chuck Lawless | with 0 comments

    Just thinking about some men who are faithful heroes:   1. They’re pastoring churches that are average size in North America.

  • Preaching from God & before God

    October 10 2018 by Tony Wolfe | with 0 comments

    As a young man, when I accepted the call to pastor a church I was both excited and terrified – excited to begin the new season of leading and serving Christ’s bride yet terrified that I may fail them.   READ MORE

  • An evangelism ethos

    October 9 2018 by J.D. Greear | with 0 comments

    Among the lessons we’ve learned at our church, five elements are necessary to create an evangelistic ethos, either in an individual Christian or in an entire church.   READ MORE

  • Lessons from a British cemetery

    October 8 2018 by Courtney McLean | with 0 comments

    Just for a minute, imagine walking down a cobblestone path older than the United States, hearing dainty British women speak about the unusually hot weather (75 degrees!), standing in a cathedral that stretches so high you have to crane your neck to take it all in, fish and chips, tea and scones, and green – lush green – everywhere.

  • Kavanaugh, Ford & my Sunday School youth

    October 5 2018 by Doug Parkin | with 0 comments

    This was written as a letter by Doug Parkin to eighth-grade boys he teaches in Sunday School.   Most of you are probably aware of the Senate hearings about Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the controversy regarding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s claims about him when they were teenagers.

  • Pastor appreciation: Bless him, bless yourself

    October 4 2018 by Jim Futral | with 0 comments

    For years, the month of October has been designated as Pastor Appreciation Month. This is a wonderful opportunity not only for the church to bless him but also to bless yourself through strengthening the relationship through expressing your care for his ministry.

  • Cooperative Program: The pulpit, the lectern & CP

    October 3 2018 by Todd R. Chipman | with 0 comments

    In November, I will celebrate 18 years pastoring the same church in Kansas City.   When God called me to my church, I was a master of divinity student at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS).

  • Sardis: Be watchful

    October 2 2018 by Chip Hannah | with 0 comments

    Fifth in a series   My wife is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) for a local hospital, so she puts people under sedation before they go into surgery.

  • Video game diagnosis

    September 28 2018 by Brian Hobbs | with 0 comments

    With the school year underway, many parents are breathing a sigh of relief. For far too many families, the summer hours were spent not with fun in the sun but in endless screen time in the form of movies, TV shows, music and the ever-present video games.

  • Social media strategy & the church

    September 27 2018 by Aaron Earls, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments

    By the time churches have fully embraced Facebook, many of their members and those they are trying to reach may have left it behind.   Nearly three-quarters of Facebook users (74 percent) have adjusted their connection with the social media platform in some way over the past year, according to Pew Research.

  • The unforgettable calling

    September 26 2018 by Paul Kim | with 0 comments

    Everyone is given a name from birth. Often the name is infused with some meaning, so it is special to us.   READ MORE

  • Some questions are just plain wrong

    September 25 2018 by D. Jeffrey Bingham, SWBTS | with 0 comments

    “The Bible was written not to satisfy your curiosity but to help you conform to Christ’s image. ”   READ MORE

  • Venezuela planters see opportunity amid crisis

    September 24 2018 by Karen Pearce, IMB | with 0 comments

    As I meandered through a craft market in Bogota, Colombia, I struck up a conversation with a vendor who asked why I was visiting his country. I had just returned from four days in Cúcuta, the Colombian-Venezuelan border town where I witnessed the sad pilgrimage of thousands of people leaving Venezuela out of desperation and hunger.

  • Revisiting the Jesus Movement

    September 21 2018 by Tony Lynn | with 0 comments

    It was the early 1970s at a park on the north side of Flint, Mich. , when a guy with long hair and tattered jeans approached me and asked in a simple, straightforward tone, “Do you know Jesus, man?”   READ MORE

  • Whose approval do we seek?

    September 20 2018 by David Jeremiah | with 0 comments

    Everyone is familiar with the pursuit of approval in American politics. Since the first political public opinion poll was used in Pennsylvania in 1824, the polling industry has become ingrained in American life – and not just in politics. Celebrities are offered roles or opportunities based upon their likability as well.

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