Viewpoint: Friends Needed

With another school year underway, let me encourage you to consider hosting an international student. Why? Because international student enrollment is at an all-time high — more than 875,000 students, according to the Christian ministry International Students, Inc. Among their homelands: China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Vietnam, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Mexico. China continues […]

Viewpoint: Urgency

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is adapted from SBC president Ronnie Floyd’s message to the Executive Committee, “What time is it in the Southern Baptist Convention?” on Sept. 22 in Nashville. Floyd is pastor of the multi-campus Cross Church in northwest Arkansas. NASHVILLE (BP) — When you compare today’s church to the church of Acts, one […]

Viewpoint: Presence, But No Witness

Here is an impossible dream: to think we can change our nation and our world simply by being present without being passionate and evangelistic in our faith and actions. The mere presence of Christian institutions has never been a deterrent to the downfall of nations. In fact, the opposite is true. Consider: — Muhammad, the […]

CP: Unintended Consequences

The longer we live, the more we realize that actions or decisions have consequences — sometimes unintended consequences that are absolutely un-foretell-able or un-seeable. But more often they are foreseeable. Scripture instructs the wise person to “count the cost.” This exhortation aptly applies to conversations concerning the continuing value of the Cooperative Program within the […]

Viewpoint: When ‘Boomer’ Pastors Retire

On Jan. 1, 2011, the first Baby Boomer turned 65. In fact, on that day, 10,000 of them turned 65. And that pace of aging will continue until 2030, when every Boomer is 65 or older. The implications for churches are staggering. This generation is not of the mindset of previous aging generations. According to […]

Protecting Our Children

Psalm 127:3 says, “Children are a gift of the Lord.” Yet, according to the latest available statistics from the Children’s Bureau of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, 1,640 children died of abuse and neglect in 2012. Child abuse is a horrible reality that cuts across cultural and socioeconomic barriers. Since only […]

Sunday Dinner: Peach Cobbler

Our neighbor to the south calls itself the Peach State, but we here in our beautiful South Carolina know both in our hearts and statistically that we produce more peaches than they do. However, we are polite and kind people, and won’t make an issue of it. What we do want to do is to […]

Wholly Healthy: Shaping Safe Lives for Our Children

Our children learn in many ways. They learn, of course, in school. They learn from what they see on television and the Internet. (Heaven help us.) They learn from what we tell them as parents, and they learn from the way we live. In fact, we are walking, talking billboards that our children watch and […]