Guest Viewpoint: Look for ‘the look’

“The look.” If you’re a parent, a teacher or a mentor, you’ve seen it on young faces. I’m not talking about the exasperated eye roll or the heavy-lidded look of indifference. I’m talking about that yearning stare into the middle distance, the look of someone in search of direction. If you’re a disciple maker or […]

Viewpoint: Confessions of a Former E-Giving Objector

Many years ago I read Alvin Toffler’s best-selling book, “Future Shock,” in which he described how people were becoming overwhelmed by the rate of change going on in the world. In the 45 years since he wrote that book, the world has undergone enormous change, especially in the realm of technology. When the book came […]

What Is the Gospel?

In our culture today, we have many varying and mixed messages as to the definition or content of the gospel. These messages come at us from scores of sources such as television, newspapers, magazines, social media, the Internet and even highway billboards. For some, the essence of the gospel is “don’t smoke,” “don’t drink alcohol,” […]

Viewpoint: They called me pastor

EDITOR’S NOTE: Jim Burton says he never set out to be a Korean church planter, but God orchestrated the opportunity with a multi-generation congregation in metro Atlanta. Burton shares his story of leading the church to plant new churches. Also see “ALS gripped him with life’s ‘big questions’” published Nov. 26. The question came early in my […]

A Reason for Faith, and a Faith for Reason

When the Pharisees challenged Jesus on the meaning of the Law, Jesus answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). Jesus drew these words from the Law itself. Interestingly, He summarized the content of the Law by expounding upon […]

Viewpoint: Four Considerations for Southern Baptist Churches

As we near the coming of the Lord, we should be more focused than ever before. As our 50,000 plus churches and congregations partner together in Gospel causes, the time is now for us to rise up like never before. I want to ask you to consider these four things with me in 2015. 1. […]

On Sanctity of Life issues, Jesus on the Scene Changes Things

Every year, millions recognize the third Sunday in January as “Sanctity of Life” Sunday. The abortion issue is always a hotly debated subject, and considering all that is at stake, it should be. For the Christ-follower, Jesus has changed us. This change must have the greatest impact on both what we believe and how we […]

Mental health advisory group seeks input from Southern Baptist churches

“I was depressed and felt all alone, even though I was surrounded by people.” “When I was diagnosed with depression, I felt as though I finally understood why I felt alone,” said one man after seeking help through his doctor. “However,” he continued, “I still was afraid of telling anyone in my church about my […]

Advent Without the Tinsel

The very word “advent” essentially means the arrival of something. So, as we celebrate Christmas, we supposedly celebrate the arrival of God into human form. The Incarnation is a moment to savor. All of our presents and lights and parties ought to have a better meaning. But usually they don’t. So, in a bid to […]