Viewpoint: Fewer churches growing, more churches declining

From 1978-1983, 30.5 percent of churches in the Southern Baptist Convention were seeing at least a 10 percent increase in total membership over a five-year period of time. During this same time, 51.9 percent of our SBC churches were plateaued and 17.6 percent were in decline. Declining churches, as defined in this denominational study, are […]

In Your Interest: Children’s Inheritance

Many people today look forward to retirement, and are working hard to save money for that day. Hopefully, you will retire with plenty to live on, and not have to worry about depleting your savings during your lifetime. If that is the case, then your children will stand to inherit a nice sum of money, […]

Protecting Our Children

Psalm 127:3 says, “Children are a gift of the Lord.” Yet, according to the latest available statistics from the Children’s Bureau of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, 1,640 children died of abuse and neglect in 2012. Child abuse is a horrible reality that cuts across cultural and socioeconomic barriers. Since only […]

Former editor Don Kirkland publishes collection of personal and devotional columns in new book, ‘Something Ventured’

Don Kirkland, editor emeritus of The Baptist Courier, has published a collection of columns he wrote while serving as editor from 1996 to 2012. “Something Ventured: Selected Writings from My Career in Christian Journalism” (2014, CourierPublishing, $10), includes nearly 70 columns written under Kirkland’s signature “Commentary” heading. While the articles are reflective of the times […]

Has a teacher changed your life?

Has a teacher impacted your life in a profound way? If so, we want to hear about it. Use the form below to share your story with us. By submitting your story, you agree that we may use your name and story in a future article to be published in The Courier. Please share your […]

Unpacking Christian Counseling: A Conversation with AACC president Tim Clinton

Tim Clinton is president of the American Association of Christian Counselors, as well as professor of counseling and pastoral care and executive director of the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University. He is licensed in Virginia as both a professional counselor (LPC) and marriage and family therapist (LMFT). He now spends a […]

Are you a Christian counselor? Do our readers know how to find you?

The May issue of the Courier will focus on Christian counseling. We look forward to providing our readers with information about this valuable resource. If you are a credentialed Christian counselor and would like to advertise information about your services with readers of the Courier, we are setting aside a portion of our classified ads […]

Bad ‘facts': ‘How do you know that?’

Sometimes a preacher or conference speaker gets things wrong. Maybe not in theology, but in facts. Like this one, which came halfway through one preacher’s sermon on marriage recently: There’s no difference between people sitting in these pews and everyone else when it comes to divorce, the preacher told the congregation. It made a great […]

Viewpoint: ‘Downton Abbey’ — The Larger Story

Americans by the millions tuned in to “Downton Abbey” at the beginning of its fourth season, eager to enjoy the continuation of the saga of the Earl and Countess of Grantham and their household. According to press reports, 10.2 million Americans watched the first episode Jan. 5, catching up on developments since the end of […]