Comic Belief: Do You Understand Me?

It’s hard for kids to understand church. One little boy went to see a musical called “Mr. Salty.” He loved the musical and he loved Mr. Salty. The next Sunday in church he got extremely angry and left the building. When his mother found him he had tears in his eyes and said, “I hate […]

Wholly Healthy: Understanding ‘Scary’ Ebola

What is Ebola virus disease? What is this scary disease that these days seems only an airline flight away? Ebola is a hemorrhagic fever virus. There are many such viral diseases, including yellow fever, Argentine hemorrhagic fever (the only examples for which reliable vaccines exist), Hantaan virus (found in the American Southwest), West Nile virus, […]

Viewpoint: When You’re the Oldest in the Room

No one announced it. One day I realized I was the oldest in the room! It happened just like that. My brain didn’t reflect my age. I still thought in terms of “What am I going to do with my life?” Not “What DID I do with my life?” I was sitting with some women […]

Resources That Help

The sheer volume of books, magazines, DVDs and online resources that offer people insights in knowing Christ and living a Christian life can be overwhelming. Baptists, known as “people of the Book,” are quick to acknowledge the Bible as our basic and most important spiritual resource. Do we need help understanding and applying God’s Word […]

Viewpoint: An Extra Touch for Pastor Appreciation Month

As your church honors your pastor during Pastor Appreciation Month, why not add an extra touch? Demonstrate your love for the pastor’s wife. Yes, many ministry wives may prefer not to be called onstage and pinned with a corsage, so I’ve gathered a few simple, low-key ways that your church, class, or even an individual, […]

Christian Worldview and Apologetics: Developing a Christian Worldview

How can a believer grow in his or her understanding of the Christian worldview? How can he or she learn to think and live in a manner that is consistent with God’s Word? Developing an understanding of the Christian worldview is not easy. Challenges include the existence of many competing worldviews (e.g., naturalism, secularism), the […]

Letter to the Editor: Pray for Those Who Are Persecuted

I agree with John Faubert’s letter in the September 2014 issue (“Good Men Who Do Nothing”) concerning our silence while Christians are being persecuted around the world. He stated, “I must do something, yet I don’t know what that looks like.” If I may make a suggestion, there is a website,, that gives believers […]

Letter to the Editor: The 21st-Century Difference

The Southern Baptist church of the 21st century seems, on its surface, to be much the same as the church from the latter days of the 20th century. It is still represented by good, hardworking, taxpaying Americans doing the best they know how, a hodgepodge of sinners saved by the unmerited favor of God. But […]

Viewpoint: Same-Sex Marriage & the Pro-Life Example

No issue flummoxes and frustrates evangelicals in today’s culture wars more than that of homosexuality. It seems to many Christians a no-win issue. If we speak about it in any way, the media attempts to marginalize us. If we stay on the sidelines, it feels like we are sitting silent on the Titanic of traditional […]

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 […]