Guest Columns
  • Draper: When God says ‘no’

    March 8 2019 by Jimmy Draper | with 0 comments

    When God says “no” it can be even more marvelous than when He says “yes.”   The apostle Paul, in Acts 16, begins his second missionary journey, carefully planning to revisit the cities in his first missionary journey...

  • LaVern told me about Jesus

    March 7 2019 by Kevin White | with 0 comments

    Church planting is not new or something special to our day of ministry. Here in Nevada and across the Southern Baptist Convention, Jesus-centered, gospel-purposed church planting as well as church revitalization have long been at our roots.  ...

  • Impacting lostness through opioid awareness

    March 5 2019 by Robert E. Jordan | with 0 comments

    The Christian Life and Public Affairs Special (CLPA) Committee is focusing on the opioid epidemic. The committee desires to raise awareness of opioid poisoning and addiction among N.C. Baptists. The tragedies associated with opioid poisoning and...

  • The fire of Moloch

    February 28 2019 by Robert Lopez | with 0 comments

    Ever since I can remember, my parents taught me to respect the right to life and sowed in my heart a passion to care for and protect the weakest. Seeing the events in recent weeks in our nation as people with power and influence attempt to permit...

  • Becoming vulnerable

    February 27 2019 by Kimberly Merida | with 0 comments

    “What can I even do to help?”   Once people understand the overwhelming problem of modern-day slavery, that question often stops people in their tracks. Human trafficking is such an enormous issue that would-be advocates find it...

  • Unforeseen joy

    February 25 2019 by Veronica Greear | with 0 comments

    It is unquestioned among the women I know: Being in the ministry is hard. And let me say up front, clearly, that I am not here to dispute that.   However, I find myself unsure why I don’t often think in negative terms – that is,...

  • Chick-fil-A & the church

    February 20 2019 by Keith Shorter | with 0 comments

    Nearly every time I go to Chick-fil-A, it makes me want to be a better pastor.    As I enjoy my chicken sandwich, I’m always impressed by something. The way they conduct their business and serve their customers fascinates me. The...

  • Troubling times in the SBC

    February 18 2019 by Layne Wallace | with 1 comments

    My soul is troubled by the Houston Chronicle’s report of sexual abuse within the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). The news is shocking and shameful. The Chronicle was able to document abuse of over 700 victims over the course of 20 years...

  • Addressing abuse in the SBC: A proposal

    February 15 2019 by Keith Whitfield & Malcolm Yarnell | with 2 comments

    Earlier this week, the Houston Chronicle published three articles – “Abuse of Faith,” “Offend, Then Repeat,” and “Preying on Teens” – concerning some 200 ministers in more than 700 abuse...

  • Don’t be silent

    February 13 2019 by Melanie Lenow | with 0 comments

    What do you do when faced with a frustrating situation? Have you ever tried to make your point and people just won’t listen? Have you ever expected something to happen, only to be disappointed once again? Been relentlessly targeted as a...

  • What’s your altitude for missions?

    February 12 2019 by Sandy Wisdom-Martin | with 0 comments

    According to an insect identification database, 647 types of bugs and insects are found here in Alabama. Some downright scare me. I looked at images of each until I located the entry most resembling the flying insect I watched from a chair on my...

  • Thinking Christianly

    February 11 2019 by Curtis A. Woods | with 0 comments

    When regenerate followers of Christ discuss race relations in America in general or in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), we should do so without being overly critical or biting toward one another. Ad hominem attacks only engender more heat...

  • Blackface mars ‘the soul & the mind’

    February 8 2019 by Marshal Ausberry | with 0 comments

    It has been said that a picture paints a thousand words. Pictures impact the soul and the mind. Logos, icons and insignias all communicate messages.   For example, most good and decent people are repulsed when...

  • My IQ wasn’t high enough

    February 7 2019 by Donald Kim | with 0 comments

    In junior high, I had an interesting run-in with IQ to assess people’s ability and aptitude for adapting. I was in the seventh grade when I went to see my counselor in hopes of taking gifted and talented classes...

  • Billy Graham via TV and the big screen

    February 6 2019 by Phil Boatwright | with 0 comments

    A year has passed since Billy Graham died on Feb. 21, 2018. I can’t help but think the world is worse off whenever a man of God dies; true believers have the light of Christ in them and when that light is removed, the world becomes a little...

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