Guest Columns
  • 2017 N.C. legislative summary

    December 12 2017 by Mark Creech, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    The Christian Action League of North Carolina (CAL) is a Christian public-policy organization, birthed by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina in 1937, but today represents conservative evangelical churches from 16 denominations in the Tar Heel state.

  • 10 mistakes churches make at Christmas time

    December 11 2017 by Jonathan Howe, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. Some would even say it’s the most wonderful time of the year. While it still has its wonderment, Christmastime has a tendency to be stressful as well – especially in the church. Unfortunately stress can lead churches to plan poorly and make unnecessary mistakes.

  • Have you ever met a real Magi?

    December 11 2017 by George Braswell, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    Our family arrived at 3 a. m. in the quiet Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran, Iran, in 1968 as newly appointed Southern Baptist missionaries. Since we were the first missionaries assigned to Iran from our mission agency, there were no Baptist missionaries to greet us.

  • What Lottie Moon taught me about injustice, gospel

    December 8 2017 by Lori McDaniel, IMB | with 0 comments

    I’ve met injustice face to face.   She was a trafficked woman who stood beside me at a train station in Asia, her pimp glaring from a few feet away. Everything within me wanted to grab her hand and rescue her. But our conversation ended abruptly, and I don’t know where she is today.

  • ‘That’s the Book for me’

    December 7 2017 by Brian Hobbs, The Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments

    “The B-I-B-L-E, yes that’s the book for me. I stand alone on the Word of God, the B-I-B-L-E. ”   For decades, these lyrics have been on the lips of boys and girls in Sunday School classes around the world. If taken to heart, they contain a lasting truth that can withstand life’s greatest tests, as well as waves of skepticism young people will face from the entertainment industry, the academic world and elsewhere.

  • Giving up

    December 6 2017 by Rebecca Manry, Baptist Press | with 1 comments

    I was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma earlier this year. It was shocking; cancer diagnoses usually are. The treatments were unpleasant; cancer treatments usually are. I thank God that my final chemo treatment was two months ago and my scans showed no sign of the disease remaining.

  • Why we’re a cooperating church

    December 5 2017 by Curtis Cook, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Several times each year we offer a membership class at our church outlining what it means to be a member, how we function as a church, what we believe, etc. One of the questions we address each time, because it is regularly raised, is “Why do we choose to cooperate as a part of the Southern Baptist Convention?”   Here are a few reasons why, within the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), we think we are better together: READ MORE

  • Why Chicago?

    December 4 2017 by Dennis Conner, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    We may not verbalize the “why” question with the persistence of a young child, but we still look for a reason or substantial meaning when called to some action.   Through more than a dozen years in church planting, I’ve heard the “why” question.

  • Obviously God

    December 1 2017 by Dan DeWitt, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Have you ever looked for your sunglasses only to discover you’re still wearing them? Sometimes what you’re after is right under your nose, or in the case of your glasses, right above it. We can be experts at missing the obvious.   In Romans 1, the apostle Paul explains that God’s invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature are clearly seen in what God has made.

  • Preppers, fear & faith

    November 30 2017 by Erich Bridges, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Have you built your underground bunker yet?   Don’t wait too long. If hurricanes and earthquakes don’t get you, terrorists and North Korean nukes might – not to mention lone gunmen randomly spraying bullets. We live in fearful times.

  • ‘We simply talked about the Savior’

    November 29 2017 by Jacqueline Scott, Illinois Baptist | with 0 comments

    I was blessed to join a group of individuals recently with a heart to reach out to people in Cairo, Ill. This town on the southern tip of the state is a fraction of the size it once was and is plagued by poverty, crime and despair.   Speaking to others about Christ is my passion, especially in a street ministry setting.

  • Will you stand against racism?

    November 27 2017 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., Guest Column | with 0 comments

    During my address to messengers at the recent annual meeting of our Baptist State Convention, I spoke of how many churches and their members have lost their vision to see people come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.   Some of the sad and tragic reasons that believers are not interested in reaching out to people living around them are because they speak a different language, have a different cultural background or have skin that is a different color.

  • Why Baptists should celebrate Advent

    November 27 2017 by J.R. Parks, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    As we approach this wonderful time of the year, many Protestants and Catholics are preparing to celebrate the season of Advent. Many Baptists, however, are unfamiliar with the tradition, and thus are left wondering what Advent is and why we should celebrate it.

  • Praying for others

    November 22 2017 by Ronnie Floyd, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    If prayer and the desire for evangelism are genuine, they happen simultaneously.   Are local churches, denominations, ministries and the prayer movement in America praying for others to come to Jesus Christ? Are you praying for others? Do you call out specific names to God each day?   America needs Jesus Christ more now than ever before.

  • Unprepared for eternity

    November 21 2017 by David Jeremiah, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Oh, the unbelievable horror of putting off Christ! The eternal sadness of waiting one day too long!   It’s akin to the terror of those who delayed boarding the ark in the days of Noah or those who failed to escape Sodom and Gomorrah when they had the opportunity.

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