Five Children in Ministry Are a Godly Mother’s Legacy

May 14 is Mother’s Day, a time when millions of people will honor their mothers. Charles Spurgeon wrote, “I cannot tell you how much I owe to the solemn word of my good mother.” Others have observed that a mother’s success is most often evidenced in the good morals of her children. To have, or […]

A Mother’s Legacy: Faithfulness in Ministry

She did not plan on being a pastor’s wife, but after five years of marriage and two children, things changed. Margaret Robertson not only embraced her calling, she consistently reminded people that God is faithful. Her husband, Ted, sensed the call of God to vocational ministry and began studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in […]

Editor’s Word: The Importance of Biblical Truth

Some younger Southern Baptist ministers are asking the right question. Their question is not “What will work?” but rather “What is biblical?” Pragmatism is not unimportant, but it cannot be the foundation for our ministries and missions. What is practical can be chosen over what is biblical truth, but not without regrettable spiritual results. International […]

Editor’s Word: Blessed Resurrection Day!

Resurrection Day falls on April 16 this year. Popularly known as Easter, this is a Sunday set aside to especially rejoice and celebrate the resurrection of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. We can rejoice every day, but it is good to have a day to remember and meditate on history’s greatest event. It is […]

‘The Shack’ is not an accurate view of God

In 2007, a significant publishing phenomenon began when a relatively unknown William Paul Young printed some copies of “The Shack,” a theological novel he had written for his children. The self-published book morphed into one of the best-selling Christian books in history (apart from the Bible), selling more than 22 million copies and being translated […]

Supporting God’s Work with Our Money

Giving is at the heart of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. We have all probably heard the adage that “you cannot out-give God.” But are Southern Baptists giving 10 percent or more of their income in the offering plate, online, etc.? At the 2013 Southern Baptist Convention in Houston, a resolution was approved by […]

Editor’s Word: The ‘Hot New Thing’

According to missiologist Ed Stetzer, church planting is the “hot new thing.” Southern Baptists are focused on church planting as a critical strategy in reaching more people for Christ. There is more emphasis than ever on church planting — more meetings, more conferences, more training sessions and more events. This comes at a time when […]

Needed: Strong Existing Churches and Healthy Church Plants

Finding accurate and up-to-date statistics regarding church planting in America can be both frustrating and challenging. However, the statistics do exist, and the big picture is clear. New churches are needed if we hope to keep pace with the increasing population. Existing churches must experience revival or revitalization — or whatever term we choose to […]

Editor’s Word: The Blessing of Friendship

W. Ray Partain, one of the best friends I have ever known, died suddenly after a massive heart attack in December. Ray became a very successful businessman after he “retired” from his regular job. When he started his income tax and bookkeeping business around 40 years ago, he dedicated his business to Christ. Throughout the […]

Whatever Happened to Sunday School?

From the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s, Southern Baptists lived on the cutting edge of church growth, primarily by growing strong and evangelistic Sunday schools. Today we are viewed as a denomination in decline, with decreases in baptisms, worship attendance, church membership and Sunday school attendance spanning at least eight years. If Sunday school was the […]