Perspectives

John and Crystal Holcombe were in church with their family on this past Sunday. Their church, practically unknown outside of its community, is located in a small town with only a few hundred people …

There is probably no greater loss for a child than to lose a parent. While adults can comprehend the great love of God our Father and that He will never leave us or forsake us, children are …

The tragedy in a Texas church

I am literally broken-hearted over the terrible, gut-wrenching events that transpired last Sunday at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX. This small gathering of approximately 50 …

If Hillary Clinton had been elected

On this day last year I wrote two editorials in anticipation of the 2016 presidential election results, each reflecting the possible outcome. The one concerning a presidency under Hillary Clinton …

Election 2016: the editorial we never ran

President-elect Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters at a rally in West Des Moines, IA in January 2016. GAGE SKIDMORE/Flickr One year ago today, I wrote two editorials, each reflecting the outcome of …

Immediately after entering the field Friday night, the East Coweta Indians ran to the sideline and prayed. FOX5ATLANTA.COM/Screen grab The Madison, WI-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) …

It seems that everywhere I turn these days for information and inspiration, the emphasis is on leadership. Books on leadership make up a sizable portion of the Christian non-fiction market. Blogs on …

Whatever happened to evangelism?

In the early 1970s Karl Menninger wrote a book entitled Whatever Became of Sin? Menninger was an American psychiatrist who concluded that while almost everyone grapples with a sense of guilt and …

Editorial: Watch out for Jose Altuve

HOUSTON — The current World Series has been full of drama, home runs, marathon battles on the diamond, outstanding players, and come-from-behind wins. The Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers …

Anniversaries are important, especially centennial and bicentennial anniversaries, but a quincentennial anniversary is most notable. We are coming up on a quincentennial anniversary on Halloween, or …

Superman and globalism

I never became fascinated or preoccupied with comic books, not even when they sold for 10 cents apiece. And for the life of me I cannot understand how a comic book can become a collector’s item …

I realize that many younger churches don’t have facilities for on-campus small groups known as “Sunday School,” but this small group approach still works well for those churches that do have …

We Bare All

Ron Gilliard is a friend of mine from college days. He’s a few years older than me and is now retired in Bainbridge. He had a book published in early 2017 titled  Our Journey.   It’s …

God does not waste our pain

Sunday marked the three-year anniversary. On the afternoon of Oct. 22, 2014, I pondered what had just happened. By God’s grace I defaulted to Scripture. I had counseled people to turn to …

Paul Kim By Paul Kim BOSTON (BP) — It was in my senior year at the University of Hawaii at Hilo that I first felt the burden God laid on my heart. His call to full-time ministry came at a time when …

By Sue Ella Deadwyler Today, I have a question: Do you want freedom to worship or freedom of religion?   If you said “freedom to worship,” you might be surprised that …

In Soviet-era Siberia, 30 new Christians walk resolutely down a hill to be baptized in a river. "I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back" were more than words for them. RUTLEDGE FAMILY …

Bill Hybels preaches during a worship service of 25,000-member at the Chicago church. WCCW/Special Bill Hybels has been one of the most well-known and influential pastors in America for at least …

Nine common types of church cowards

Thom Rainer By Thom Rainer Many pastors and church leaders are miserable because of fewer than five percent of the church members. Let me state if positively. Over 95 percent of church members are …

By Wendy Baker FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) — For many ministers, wives, and their families, Pastor Appreciation Month is a joyful time each October. Yet for those in churches that have not caught on to …

I am offended!

I AM OFFENDED by so many people being offended! We throw the word “offended” around so much these days that we have obfuscated its meaning. Some take “offense” with flags and …

Paper plates or fine china

I am not sure I know the difference between an aphorism and a colloquialism, but I like idiomatic or metaphorical sayings that belong to a region or a local dialect. Our American, and particularly …

By Lindsay McDonald NOTE: Oct. 8 is Global Hunger Sunday in the Southern Baptist Convention.  SOUTH ASIA (BP) — As the early morning sunlight backlit their frail bodies, small hands stretched …

Why Stephen Paddock became a terrorist

This photo from the grounds of Las Vegas Village, taken in September 2016, gives the perspective of concertgoers Oct. 1 when Stephen Paddock opened fire from his hotel room on the 32nd flood of the …

The hero of hedonism is dead

Hugh Hefner, a five star general in the sexual revolution, entrepreneur, multi-millionaire, smut peddler, pimp, and philanderer, died last week at the age of 91. He was buried in a crypt next to …

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