Guest Columns
  • Our double-edged smartphones

    October 11 2017 by Art Rainer, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Your smartphone can impact your financial health beyond the monthly service bill.   Smartphones are everywhere. According to Pew Research, 77 percent of Americans own a smartphone. This is more than double the 35 percent ownership in 2011.

  • Service station theology

    October 10 2017 by Tim Patterson, Baptist Beacon | with 0 comments

    This will certainly date me, but I remember filling automobile after automobile with gasoline at my father’s Fina service station for 19. 9 cents per gallon for regular. Ethyl sold for 24. 9 cents per gallon and was purchased by the guys who owned high-powered hot rods.

  • How to find a pastor

    October 9 2017 by Mark Dever | with 0 comments

    Times of pastoral transition are critical periods in the life of a local church. What might have been a relatively peaceful and edifying church community can be thrown into uncertainty when a preacher resigns.   There is danger of confusion and even decline.

  • Las Vegas & the value of human life

    October 6 2017 by Steven L. James, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    It is very early on Tuesday morning, Oct. 3. I have just surrendered to a night of tossing and turning, my mind replaying the scenes and interviews I had witnessed the previous day on various news outlets covering the senseless tragedy at a country music festival in Las Vegas.

  • Remember that Jesus wept

    October 5 2017 by Michael Kelley, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    This year has had no shortage of tragedy. We have born witness to natural and man-made disasters, disasters formed in the ocean and disasters formed in the sinful hearts of men. Disasters that have destroyed property and disasters that have destroyed lives.

  • Talking to your kids about the Las Vegas shooting

    October 4 2017 by Phillip Bethancourt, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Your kids likely woke up to news on Monday of the horrific mass shooting overnight at a country music concert in Las Vegas. In the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, conversations surrounding guns, hate and seemingly random attacks are inevitable.

  • The Cooperative Program – then & now

    October 3 2017 by Randy L. Bennett, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    It failed. Then it worked out far better than anyone could have imagined.   Here’s the story of what befell Southern Baptists in the 1920s, yet ultimately emerged in a different form and succeeded as the Cooperative Program.   Back in the mid-1980s Southern Baptists tried an interesting but questionable stewardship campaign called “Planned Growth in Giving.

  • Child beggars fed, taught at GHR-supported ministry

    October 3 2017 by Lindsay McDonald, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    As the early morning sunlight backlit their frail bodies, small hands stretched outward through the metal airport gates in South Asia.   Child beggars.   Instinctively, I reached for my camera; I wanted to document every moment of this trip.

  • The Reformation & Baptist life

    October 3 2017 by David Dockery, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    First in a series   The Lord blessed me with the wonderful privilege of growing up in a Christian home – a faithful, Baptist home. Sundays included Sunday School, church services, afternoon choir practice as well as Bible Drill, Discipleship Training and Sunday evening after-church fellowship.

  • Lesson from a generous widow

    September 29 2017 by H.B. Charles Jr., Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    As a boy preacher, I had many opportunities to preach, but my father did not allow me to receive an honorarium for my preaching. But it didn’t matter to me. If I had the money, I would have paid pastors to let me preach. These early opportunities taught me not to put a price tag on my ministry.

  • Steve McQueen film more than ‘celebrity salute’

    September 28 2017 by Phil Boatwright, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    “Steve McQueen: American Icon” premieres theatrically nationwide for one night only, Sept. 28. Why do I mention it?   My reason has to do with the fact that this documentary isn’t just another celebrity salute. Rather, it’s a revealing biography of a tormented man seeking and ultimately finding redemption – through Jesus Christ.

  • A boring testimony? No such thing

    September 27 2017 by Alex Sibley, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    “I have a boring testimony,” one student said when we shared our testimonies in a Sunday School class I co-lead for a group of high school guys.   What he meant is that he made a profession of faith at a young age in response to his parents’ gospel presentation.

  • Responding to criticism

    September 26 2017 by Shane Pruitt, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    In life, there are two things we can’t avoid: death and taxes. Let’s add criticism as another unavoidable part of life.   Criticism can come from our all sorts of people – our spouse, our boss, a friend or enemy, a church member or a complete stranger.

  • Celebrating a century

    September 25 2017 by Frank S. Page, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    On the back cover of his signature work, The Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention 1917-1984, Albert McClellan says the following:   “To many observers, Southern Baptists are a paradox – a people of seemingly contradictory qualities.

  • Sports & our family

    September 22 2017 by David Cook, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Emily and I live among good outdoorsy people who love sports. Our town of 800 is crowned with a 340-acre park full of ball fields, hiking trails, a lake and campsites. If I want to spend time with young parents in our church, I know I can find them cheering at the ballfield.

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