Guest Viewpoint: Baptisms — More Than Numbers

As Baptist followers of Jesus Christ, we Southern Baptists have always emphasized the importance of believer’s baptism. As we see it in Scripture, believer’s baptism is: — a public testimony of a new believer’s faith in Christ and the church’s recognition of that faith (Acts 2:38-41; 1 Peter 3:21). — a pictorial representation of the Gospel […]

Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio expose SBC rift caused by ERLC’s Moore

In a surprise development, two prominent national news outlets have investigated the turmoil created by a Southern Baptist leader because of his relentless attacks against fellow evangelicals who chose to support Donald Trump during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. The Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio published separate election post-mortem investigations into the 45-year-old […]

Sanctity of Human Life: Hard Choices

I opened the paper chart, saw the positive pregnancy test, gritted my teeth, and breathed a silent prayer as I opened the door to exam room 2. I was immediately aware of the suffocating atmosphere in the room, where my patient, a lovely blonde with striking blue eyes, was perched on the table. A high […]

Guest Viewpoint: Leading in the Need of Prayer

Especially for leaders, new years require fresh vision. And for pastors and other Christian leaders, fresh vision requires prayer. But quality prayer takes time and, for me at least, finding that time is one of the biggest challenges I face. Time is so precious. I often feel I don’t have enough of it simply to […]

Editor’s Last Word: Adoption … It’s Personal

Adoption is more than just an alternative to abortion. For my family and me, it is personal. Anne and I are the proud grandparents of three of the greatest blessings God has ever given us. One of our grandchildren is adopted, and because January is Sanctity of Human Life emphasis, I want to share some […]

Sanctity of Human Life: Being a Pro-Life Church

Is your church pro-life? As a body, are you encouraging each other not only to think in a pro-life way but also to act in a pro-life way? Undeniably, Christians have been the backbone of the pro-life movement since its inception. If more churches would harness their membership and organizational power on behalf of pro-life […]

Letter: I disagreed with Moore on Trump but support him as ERLC president

There have been a number of people in the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump who have spoken with disdain regarding [Southern Baptist Convention Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission president] Russell Moore being a “never Trumper.” Let me begin by saying that I chose to vote for president-elect Trump because of several issues, primarily because […]

Guest Viewpoint: Keep the ‘mas’ in Christmas

The year 2016 offers a unique opportunity in that Christmas falls on a Sunday. Years ago, a non-denominational megachurch publicly decided to cancel its worship services when Christmas fell on a Sunday, citing families’ needs to spend time together that day and the church’s inability to get enough volunteers together to make services work. This […]

Wholly Healthy: Why We Shouldn’t Embrace Assisted Suicide

Medicine can only do so much. This is why we have an entire specialty dedicated to providing comfort to people with incurable illnesses and to easing their transition out of this life. This specialty, called palliative care, includes hospice care. Most people have had some interaction with these dedicated caregivers, if only in the care […]