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 […]

Viewpoint: When You’re the Oldest in the Room

No one announced it. One day I realized I was the oldest in the room! It happened just like that. My brain didn’t reflect my age. I still thought in terms of “What am I going to do with my life?” Not “What DID I do with my life?” I was sitting with some women […]

Viewpoint: An Extra Touch for Pastor Appreciation Month

As your church honors your pastor during Pastor Appreciation Month, why not add an extra touch? Demonstrate your love for the pastor’s wife. Yes, many ministry wives may prefer not to be called onstage and pinned with a corsage, so I’ve gathered a few simple, low-key ways that your church, class, or even an individual, […]

Viewpoint: Same-Sex Marriage & the Pro-Life Example

No issue flummoxes and frustrates evangelicals in today’s culture wars more than that of homosexuality. It seems to many Christians a no-win issue. If we speak about it in any way, the media attempts to marginalize us. If we stay on the sidelines, it feels like we are sitting silent on the Titanic of traditional […]

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 […]