Guest Columns
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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).

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • ‘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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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