Worldview: Quarantine Fear

There’s a disease on the move that’s even deadlier than Ebola. It is invisible and highly contagious. It spreads with lightning speed and paralyzes its victims. It turns people, communities and nations against each other. The disease is fear. Anxiety and dread seem to permeate our nation — and many of our churches — at […]

Viewpoint: Lotteries — Monopoly Millionaires’ Club

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have devised a new scheme for fleecing their residents — it’s called Monopoly Millionaires’ Club. When we think of a club, we usually think of some kind of gathering in which people meet together to accomplish some common good. This club, however, is not a club at all. […]

Viewpoint: When the Body Betrays

Walking back from the mailbox last week, I stopped cold in my tracks as I eyed the last envelope in the stack of magazines, junk mail and bills. I knew what it was before I even opened it — a letter informing me it was time for a mammogram. Instantly my mind raced back exactly […]

Viewpoint: What’s become of Christian hospitality?

I wish I could remember the name of the brother who greeted me and my family when we worshipped with Shadow Hills Church in Las Vegas. Many years later, I keenly remember the warm, enthusiastic way he took us under his care to find the worship center, receive bulletins and meet a few others before […]

Viewpoint: The Nerve of Some People!

I witnessed a stampede the other day that might rival a grand opening sale, but in this case, it was a mass exodus of churchgoers leaving during the invitation. Yes, during, not after, the invitation. While our choir, praise team and congregation sang “Let Faith Arise,” an astounding number of people did just that: They […]

Viewpoint: Ebola on Both Sides

In the past few months, hundreds of headlines have flashed across my computer screen. Among them I see stories of war, famine, crime, injustice and fear, but one word will always catch my attention in an instant. Ebola. The disease has infected 6,574 people across West Africa and killed 3,091. As someone who grew up […]

GuideStone rooted in Cooperative Program

EDITOR’S NOTE: O.S. Hawkins, president of GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, writes about the significance of the Cooperative Program to the viability of the SBC’s financial services entity. October is Cooperative Program Emphasis Month in the SBC. GuideStone Financial Resources, as we know it, would not exist were it not for the […]

Resources and References for Christians

About 35 years ago, I was browsing in a Christian bookstore when the owner of the store asked me if I could recommend a book to a young Jewish man who had recently become a Christian. He wanted something to help him grow in his faith. I recommended he start by reading the Gospel of […]

Sunday Dinner: Lonesome Cowboy Bars

Don’t you love the name of this church? It’s Pleasant Grove, and it’s located in the Upstate near the Greenville-Spartanburg airport, although it has a Greer address. A member of the Three Rivers Baptist Association, where Randy Bradley serves as director of missions, the church has most of the Baptist programs and organizations. The Sunday […]

Outside the Walls: Our Most Valuable Resource

My wife and I have driven 730,000 miles since we were married. There was a man by the name of Ford who led us every step of the way — Henry, not Danny. Henry Ford may have realized something that church leaders sometimes forget. He said, “You can take my factories, burn my buildings, but […]