Perspectives

Before becoming editor of The Christian Index, I was a pastor for 41 years and had deacons in every church I served. For the most part, they were great, wonderful, godly men. I learned early on that …

Two Fayetteville churches are on the front lines of seeing God do amazing things in Santa Catarina, Brazil. First Baptist Church , under Pastor Jim Thomas’ leadership, took a team of 19 in April …

#90swerethebest ... why?

Recently, the hashtag #90swerethebestbecause has run rampant on social media. Yes, nostalgia for anything has become a big deal, and I’m pretty sure there can be plenty of debate for the decade …

The necessity of personal contacts

By Milton Wood My father, W. Lynn Wood, served as pastor and associational missionary in Georgia Baptist churches for more than 50 years. This September I will have served as pastor and interim …

I was reading an article entitled “Are American Friendships Superficial” recently. The article was about a woman from Germany who came to the United States. It described her likes and dislikes …

Six Reasons We Must Seek Solitude

Examining the Gospels, I never cease to be amazed at the way Jesus ministered among the people. Whether it was one on one, in small groups, or before masses, Jesus tirelessly made Himself …

Bivocational ministers frequently burn the candle at both ends and need a break from the stress of two jobs. Sensitive church members can give them a hand to prevent burn out and depression. …

Roll back the transgender mandate

Amidst America’s celebration of 241 years of freedom and independence on July 4, there was also much talk of North Korea launching another ballistic missile toward Japan. The most recent launch was …

Competition – your secret to success

My friend and softball guru, Bobby Simpson, shared an insight with me about competition that has captivated my mind. Tony Gwynn was one of the greatest hitters in the history of major league …

When one thinks of our great country the words “united," “indivisible,” and “one nation under God” come to mind. However, the very freedom that has united us for more than two centuries …

Boost your spiritual immune system

EL CAJON, CA (BP) — Everybody knows the principles for maintaining good physical health – nutritious food, exercise, pure water, lay off the junk food, plenty of sleep, healthy and loving …

Texas pastor Dwight McKissic moved to bring his proposal on the “Alt-Right” to messengers on June 13. It was originally declined by the Resolutions Committee but after a grassroots call for its …

Dennis Nunn, founder and president of Every Believer a Witness Ministries , shared the following story communicated to him by Jeremy Atwood, a pastor in Kentucky who had hosted a “Pastor Equipping …

It’s the proverbial “chicken-or-the-egg” kind of question: For Southern Baptists, which comes first – evangelism or church planting? It is true that all chickens hatch from eggs and all …

Discovery and Recovery in Retirement

Frank Crumpler By Frank Crumpler Every minister knows, we assume, that he will someday retire. Yet, when that time actually arrives the reality may be disconcerting. Even with preparation and …

At the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix I talked to a young pastor who was recently called to a church that was founded in the 1950s and within the last ten years had transitioned from a …

My wife and I talk about how every family has their "thing." It's whatever sets you apart and makes you see life different from others. Your thing may be a job situation, caring for aging parents, or …

Repentance is a life-giving word

What do you think about when you hear the word ‘repent’? For some, the word conjures up an image of a pompous person pointing his finger in your face and telling you what to do. However, …

Georgia Baptists lead the way

Every Baptist wants to know that the money he/she places in the offering plate goes to worthwhile causes. Georgia Baptists can express gratitude for the way their Cooperative Program dollars are …

An interloper in District Six

Republican Karen Handel, left, and Democrat Jon Ossoff are currently vying for the congressional seat in Georgia's Sixth District, a race that has garnered attention nationwide. Screen grab/wsbtv.com …

By Paul Akin RICHMOND (BP) — The most common reason missionaries go home is not due to lack of money, illness, terrorism, homesickness, or even a lack of fruit or response to the Gospel. …

Do You Know the Koranic Code?

To better understand the dualistic thinking of Islam, one must understand the Koranic Code. Index contributing writer Ron Hale addresses the peaceful versus militant teachings which typify the Muslim …

The wonder of a childlike faith

Maybe I am on some kind of farewell preaching tour. I don’t know and I hope not, but I had the opportunity to preach in another one of my former churches this past Sunday – First Baptist Church …

Have you ever been there? Have you ever been caught between two impossible choices? Have you ever found yourself in a situation where there are no good options? We all end up in this very difficult …

First Baptist Douglasville Children's Pastor Scott Patrick looks on as campers gather for instructions. SCOTT BARKLEY/Index[/caption] As a parent, it's pretty much assumed you're going to take …

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