Perspectives

For years, I’ve required doctoral students to complete a theological survey of their congregations – and we’ve learned that many church members don’t know their church’s basic theological …

Facilitating dysfunctions and disorders

Dr. David Dude, superintendent of the City Schools of Decatur, wrote a letter to his staff in July 2016 in which he stated, “As we head into the new school year I want to ensure we are all on the …

Would Jesus stand or kneel?

Pick a side. It has to be one or the other. That’s what we’re always told. It has to be Coke or Pepsi, Ford or Chevy, Republican or Democrat, stand or kneel. There are no other options. …

By Thom Rainer “Don’t do stupid.” Those were three words I spoke to my three sons as they were growing up. And I would give them specific ways they could “do stupid.” Why did …

Take a Knee?

By Stanislaus "Stan" Drew Take a little trip to Valley Forge in January. If you don't know where that is, just Google it from the sidelines. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it …

The essential ingredient for revival

As an evangelist, a great deal of my time is spent preaching revival services. In my experience it takes more than printing the word “revival” in the Sunday bulletin for a fellowship of believers …

Cold Water Baptists

I’m not sure how many cold-water Baptists are still around. Elizabeth Dunaway, Mary Joyce Dunaway, and my mother, Margaret Joiner, are in the most senior group. They were baptized in childhood at …

By Eddy G. Oliver More than 4,000 pastors, music leaders, and musicians attended a three-day celebration of congregational singing hosted by Getty Music at Brentwood Baptist Church near Nashville …

Appreciating your pastor in October

By Marcus Merritt Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine. 1 Tim. 5:17 October is Pastor Appreciation Month. While that may …

The 1985 earthquake in Mexico City, 32 years ago to the day this week, registered an 8.1 magnitude and resulted in the deaths of more than 10,000 people. Baptist disaster relief teams were onsite …

Man vs God: who do you please?

Are you a people pleaser? Many of us will have to nod our heads and say, “Yes, I have a little of that in me.” Most people do. As children, we want to please our parents. We want to hear …

David Meade, a Christian numerologist, has retreated to his libraries, his supposed knowledge of the Bible, his powerful telescopes, his knowledge of meteorology, astronomy, and who knows what else, …

Kim Jong-Un, the supreme leaders of the Democratic People’s Public of Korea, seems to be a trigger-happy egomaniac with a chaotic temperament who simply loves to goad the United States and the rest …

We’re rejoicing over grandbaby number six! Back in April, we were on baby watch for our fifth grandbaby and were trying to work around Easter and another granddaughter’s birthday party in …

Lessons to be learned from Harvey and Irma

The NOAA satellite GOES-16 captured this geocolor image of Hurricane Irma passing the eastern end of Cuba at about 8 a.m. EDT on Sept. 8. NOAA/CIRA My heart goes out to all those who have been …

Antifa and Alt-right are all wrong

The United States of America has become a nation of multiple ideologies, hundreds of special interest groups, varied political persuasions, militant factions, aggressive obstructionists, and some …

The blind spots of slavery

By Terry M. Turner MESQUITE, TX (BP) — A local newspaper interviewed me for a special feature several years ago, asking me, "Who is your favorite preacher of all times?" Having studied church …

Remembering Henry

I’ve been to a lot of funerals, way more than most folks my age. For five years I worked for my cousin, Rooney Bowen. He owned the Chevrolet dealership and the funeral home in Vienna. Cars and …

USC long-snapper’s amazing faith

"I cannot possibly thank all the people who have played a role in making this happen," posted USC long-snapper Jake Olson to Twitter after playing in his team's season opener Sept. 2 against Western …

Knowing where to draw the line

To have an all-area soccer player become a placekicker on a football team is not unusual. It happens all the time. Soccer players are known for kicking for distance and with accuracy. Many of …

The curious case of Demas

By Doug Munton O'FALLON, IL (BP) — I am curious about a biblical character named Demas. He is only mentioned three times in the New Testament. But there is intrigue and mystery and disappointment …

How growth and transformation happen

Have you thought much about how significant growth and transformation occur? I have. Words often attributed to Samuel Smiles (1812-1904) state the proven process succinctly: Sow a thought, and …

Correction: A previous version of this story stated Fr. Allan J. McDonald as the current priest at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Macon. McDonald, a former priest of the Macon church, currently …

Before you fire your pastor

By Thom Rainer It happened again this week. A pastor contacted me to let me know his deacons asked for his resignation. The reason? No one was really clear about it. The best I can discern the issue …

Those who don't give up

WAKE FOREST, NC (BP) — Despite the joys of living for Christ, sometimes it can be so hard that we're tempted to wonder if it's worth the sacrifice. It is, of course, worth every moment of …

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