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 […]

Viewpoint: Back to School — Five Tips for Parents

Maybe my kids are weird, but I have been surprised to learn they can’t wait to start school. In fact, as soon as school ended back in June, they were already talking about the teachers they would have in the upcoming year and the activities in which they would participate. I have kids in all […]

Viewpoint: How Can I Reach Other Millennials?

Alcohol consumption, drug use, immorality, homosexuality — studies provide heartbreaking statistics on these issues among millennials. My generation is caught in a downward spiral. But what is the real problem? More importantly, what can I do about it? The disappointing fact, in my opinion, is that so much focus has been given to statistics. They’re […]

Warnings for Church Leaders Who Use Social Media

Those of you who read my blog or listen to my podcasts know I am a strong proponent of social media. I have seen many good things take place on the various platforms available. I have seen the Gospel clearly shared and embraced on social media. But this social media is a two-edged sword. It […]

Southern Baptist churches must reach, baptize and disciple young adults

I am burdened by the fact that 80 percent of our 46,125 Southern Baptist Churches reported reaching and baptizing only 0-1 young adults according to the recent Pastors’ Task Force on SBC Evangelistic Impact and Declining Baptisms report released late spring. This means that 36,900 Southern Baptist Churches baptized zero to one young adult in an entire […]

Anderson University a treasure house of learning in our own backyard

Writer: Alexander Campbell, Special to the Anderson Independent-Mail This is a tale of two universities. Both were founded as distinctly evangelical Christian institutions, one in 1636 the other in 1911. The motto of one was “Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae,” or “Truth for Christ and the Church.” The motto of the other is “Humanitatem per crucem […]