Guest Columns
  • A wounded warrior’s baptism

    December 17 2018 by Jeff Iorg | with 0 comments

    Over the years, a few people have asked me for a private baptism experience. I have always declined.   A private ceremony undermines key purposes of baptism – a public witness of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus and public...

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  • CHRISTMAS: The reality of God’s favor

    December 14 2018 by J.D. Greear | with 0 comments

    What do we mean when we talk about the “favor of God”?   The house you’ve always wanted goes into foreclosure and you buy it for a steal. Your kids bring their report cards home and it’s straight As. You find out...

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  • 4 ways to choose contentment this holiday season

    December 7 2018 by Brittany Salmon | with 0 comments

    It’s the most wonderful time of year, but these next few weeks can also be difficult for many.   There are families who, for the first time, will be gathering around a table grieving the loss of a family...

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  • From babies to teens

    December 6 2018 by Melanie Lenow | with 0 comments

    When we first began to have children, I truly loved the birth through preschool years. I was confident in what I was doing and the calling God had on my life. Yes, there were stressful times, but overall, I was in control. ...

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  • An ever-escalating identity crisis

    December 5 2018 by Charles Patrick | with 0 comments

    Man has been plagued with the desire to “play God” since Genesis 3. This includes promoting “imago” self rather than “imago Dei.” That is, culture is obsessed with representing self, according to one’s own...

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  • I’m in. Are you?

    December 5 2018 by Tony Wolfe | with 0 comments

    No doubt the 120 believers in Jerusalem’s First Downtown Church Plant, in Acts Chapter 1, were uneasy. The commission Jesus had given them was completely impossible. Unless, of course, God wanted to do something fresh, new and maybe even a...

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  • 4 pegs

    November 30 2018 by Curtis A. Woods | with 0 comments

    Richard F. Lovelace, in his work Dynamics of Spiritual Life: An Evangelical Theology of Renewal, explains how the Puritan Richard Baxter labored extensively on developing a core doctrinal belief that would unite all English Christians.  ...

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  • Marijuana’s momentum

    November 29 2018 by Brian Hobbs | with 0 comments

    The 2018 midterm elections saw many winners and losers. Yet the much-discussed Nov. 6 vote had one big winner that some people are not talking about.   That “winner” is marijuana, which is actually a...

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  • Hatred, racism, forgiveness

    November 28 2018 by Keith Shorter | with 0 comments

    Do you know the internal struggle of trying to forgive someone who has deliberately hurt you or someone in your family? Reverend Anthony Thompson knows exactly what that feels like.   His wife Myra was one of the nine people murdered on...

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  • Be missional in the marketplace this holiday season

    November 26 2018 by Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments

    Five years ago around this time of year, I was on my phone scrolling through social media when a few posts written by Christian friends grabbed my attention.   They read:   – “So tired of this corporate greed. The...

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  • MOVIES: … I’m thankful for

    November 21 2018 by Phil Boatwright | with 0 comments

    Numerous films have enriched me either through amusement (“The Nutty Professor” with Jerry Lewis; “The Mouse That Roared”; “Dr. Strangelove”; “The Great Race”) or by...

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  • Be thankful together

    November 20 2018 by Autumn Wall | with 0 comments

    Thanksgiving is a great time to remind our hearts of the importance of expressing our gratefulness to God and to each other. As 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us, we’re to be “thankful in all circumstances; for...

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  • Codfish & catfish

    November 19 2018 by Tim Patterson | with 0 comments

    I often ask God, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” It seems as though some of us are constantly doing battle with life itself and at every turn there is a new challenge.   Yet there are others who seem to live in the...

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  • Confidence in Christ

    November 15 2018 by David Jeremiah | with 0 comments

    Our days are fleeting; they may end before the next sunrise. Yet God’s children are never insecure.   The Bible says of us, “We are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. ......

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  • 2 families came

    November 14 2018 by DeAnna Gibson | with 0 comments

    The day finally arrived to kick off our church’s new special needs ministry through a community outreach event. Our church planned, prepared, promoted and prayed weeks in advance.   The weather was warm and sunny, and every volunteer...

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