December 2016

Most read editorials of 2016

December 27 2016 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

The year 2016 was a crazy and often confusing year of social rebellion, moral deviation, political abnormality and spiritual conflict. Wow! I’m glad that one is over.
I don’t believe I need to regularly address every issue of the day, especially when the Biblical Recorder publishes so many articles and commentaries from people who are much better qualified to address contemporary matters of interest.
But when I write about cultural or spiritual subjects, I wonder what kind of attention it produces.
In the past year the Biblical Recorder’s website reported 74,103 people read the editorials I wrote. The top five, most read editorials and their posting date are:

1. “Mark Harris exposes Human Rights Campaign,” May 2
2. “Charlotte ordinance bad for everyone,” Feb. 8
3. “January 11: Evangelism in SBC,” Jan. 11
4. “Saved, but stuck,” Feb. 23
5. “Where is ‘the mission field?’” March 22
The commentary about the Human Rights Campaign was read by more than double the visitors who read the second editorial in the list. Also, the first two editorials are matters that are still on the front burner.

The so-called Human Rights Campaign is still campaigning against everything good for North Carolina, and the Charlotte City Council’s unnecessary ordinance is still causing problems for the state. Both have been used to falsely smear the state’s governor and spread “fake news.”
The other three top editorials discussed spiritual, church and denomination issues. I still sigh when I hear otherwise intelligent people describe “the mission field” as somewhere else – usually overseas. One day I hope we will wake up and see that we live in “the mission field.”
It is very interesting that the next three most read editorials of the year are:

6. “Christian civility in an election year,” Jan. 26
7. “Is civility dead?” June 13
8. “Reviving civility,” June 27
Do you see the subject of these three pieces? Civility is a very important matter.
We need to be talking about civil discourse, civil disagreement and civil engagement within the Christian community and beyond.
I would like to hear your thoughts about civility. This discussion must not die.
Thank you for your faithful support of the Biblical Recorder. The BR staff appreciates you and we appreciate our board of directors.
These 20 men and women from North Carolina Baptist churches make a great contribution to you and to history.
This year our chairman of the board is Lee Pigg, pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church in Monroe.
Our vice chairman is Nate Jones, a layman and a member of Cross Culture Church in Raleigh. Angela Brady, a member of The River Community Church in Fayetteville and wife of pastor Todd Brady, serves as our secretary. David Clary, a layman and member of Lake Norman Baptist Church in Huntersville, is the treasurer of this board. Please pray for these leaders, the entire BR board and the staff.
It is our privilege to serve you and honor our Lord. Have a very happy and godly new year. 

12/27/2016 3:19:22 PM by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

‘Unto us’

December 12 2016 by K. Allan Blume

I’ve sometimes wondered what Isaiah and those who read his prophecy were thinking when they heard this great text the Holy Spirit gave to the prophet.
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV).
More specifically, the words “unto us” cause me to pause. Who is “us”? The text does not say that a child is born to one specific family; not even to a specific people group, village or country. Many years before the Savior was born, Isaiah said the child will be born to “us.”
Unto “us” a Son is given.
If a friend is expecting a child, I would not say, “A child will be born to us.” I would say, “A child will be born to THEM.”
The prophecy is clear. The Savior did not simply come to Mary and Joseph. He came to us. He came for those in Isaiah’s day who longed for a Savior. He came for those in the first century who needed a Savior. He came for people in the 21st century who need forgiveness of sin. He came “unto us.”
He came to rich and poor, young and old, male and female, educated and uneducated, religious and profane. He came to all races in all nations of all times.

He did not come to start a religion. He came to give himself to the Father so He could give himself sacrificially to us.
He said to His disciples, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
We demonstrate our convictions about these truths in many ways. At Christmas we give sacrificially to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions so the world will know that He came to them. They don’t know unless we tell them. They need to know!
As you, your friends and your family celebrate the Savior who came to us, the staff of your Biblical Recorder wishes you a very merry, Savior-centered Christmas.
We are grateful that the grace of God allows us to serve Him in partnership with you, your church and all followers of Jesus Christ for all eternity.

12/12/2016 4:11:06 PM by K. Allan Blume | with 0 comments