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 […]

Viewpoint: Rethinking Your Internet Pastor

As a kid I grew up listening to preachers on the radio like John MacArthur and Charles Stanley. It wasn’t a weekly thing, but occasionally on the weekend you might find one of their sermons on the house stereo. If I wanted to listen to more of their sermons, I had to either tune in […]

Osteen message ‘aims for so little’

The evangelical world, joined by no shortage of secular observers, has been abuzz about the latest soundbite of note from the Pastors Osteen — this time offered by Victoria Osteen as her husband Joel beamed in the background. In her message, Victoria Osteen tells their massive congregation to realize that their devotion to God is […]

Viewpoint: Did You Choose the Right Vocation?

We can all imagine a different life on a parallel track, but we can only live one track at a time. I was reading an article by a physician who was disappointed by his profession. He would not recommend a medical career for his own children and felt that his ideals were betrayed by the […]

Viewpoint: 10 Things We Owe David Platt

Many are aware that Dr. David Platt was not my choice for the presidency of the IMB. But the presidential selection committee has assured us that at the end of the intercessory road, Dr. Platt is God’s choice. Therefore, it is time for a burial. All critics beginning with me must bury our reservations and […]

Call to Prayer: Keep Asking in Prayer

EDITOR’S NOTE: Frank S. Page, president of the SBC Executive Committee, has issued a call to prayer for revival and spiritual awakening for our churches, our nation and our world during 2013. Baptist Press will carry First-Person articles during the year encouraging Southern Baptists to pray in specific areas and for specific needs as we […]