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 […]

Remember to Care

Jeffrey Baldwin was an innocent 5-year-old boy who died from septic shock and bacterial pneumonia caused by prolonged starvation. This happened while he was in the care of his grandmother and her common-law husband. Jeffrey’s case has been called the worst case of child abuse in Canadian history. His story is one of tragedy, abuse, […]

Letter to the Editor: A Point of Clarification

Peter Beck’s article, “The Great Commission for Us” (August 2014) did a great job of conveying how important that passage is. But Brother Beck wrote, “ … the tasks described by all three verbs in the passage (make, baptize and teach).” There is only one verb in the passage, “make disciples.” The other terms, “baptize […]

Letter to the Editor: Good Men Who Do Nothing

The church, for the most part, gives little more than a passing thought to persecution. It is something from the distant past that we read about in “Fox’s Book of Martyrs.” However, the reality is that people in the Christian church are being imprisoned, tortured and even dying for their faith. We have failed to […]

Letter to the Editor: Empower Youth to Be Active Members

The youth of America have been falsely labeled as rebellious, disrespectful, immature and selfish. While this may be true of some, many students have a spiritual maturity that seems to be overlooked by church members. As a youth pastor in a local church, I have seen students who desire to contribute their gifts for edifying […]

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 […]