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 […]

Comic Belief: Do You Understand Me?

It’s hard for kids to understand church. One little boy went to see a musical called “Mr. Salty.” He loved the musical and he loved Mr. Salty. The next Sunday in church he got extremely angry and left the building. When his mother found him he had tears in his eyes and said, “I hate […]

Wholly Healthy: Understanding ‘Scary’ Ebola

What is Ebola virus disease? What is this scary disease that these days seems only an airline flight away? Ebola is a hemorrhagic fever virus. There are many such viral diseases, including yellow fever, Argentine hemorrhagic fever (the only examples for which reliable vaccines exist), Hantaan virus (found in the American Southwest), West Nile virus, […]

Resources That Help

The sheer volume of books, magazines, DVDs and online resources that offer people insights in knowing Christ and living a Christian life can be overwhelming. Baptists, known as “people of the Book,” are quick to acknowledge the Bible as our basic and most important spiritual resource. Do we need help understanding and applying God’s Word […]

Christian Worldview and Apologetics: Developing a Christian Worldview

How can a believer grow in his or her understanding of the Christian worldview? How can he or she learn to think and live in a manner that is consistent with God’s Word? Developing an understanding of the Christian worldview is not easy. Challenges include the existence of many competing worldviews (e.g., naturalism, secularism), the […]

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 […]