Guest Viewpoint: The Key

Every day since last January, I’ve worn this necklace — a simple chain and an old brass key. A lot of people thought it was just a key to my house or my dorm, but it has so much more meaning than that. Over the last year, I have seen the Lord do incredible things […]

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 […]

Wholly Healthy: Fighting the ‘Food Lust’ Battle

I’ve been trying to lose weight lately. It has involved lifting weights, eating some boring food, drinking much more water and cutting back on (sigh!) sweet tea. My attempt has confirmed the truth, related by a good friend and exercise expert, that weight loss requires one to be … hungry. I have to step back […]

Outside the Walls: The Power of Multiplication

“I found you a job today!” My dad seemed very excited about his new discovery. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that I wasn’t looking for a job. We drove to a small church in my hometown, and my dad handed me a toilet brush. I was their new janitor. For the next […]

President’s Perspective: My Favorite Family Story

I learned to tithe at a young age, but it was not through reading the Bible. It was through a story my parents told me over and over, a story about their faith and God’s faithfulness. Mom and Dad were not raised in church. They were saved shortly after getting married. As young Christians, they […]

‘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 […]

Comic Belief: Through the Nose, From the Heart

Conceiving a child is gloriously cost-free, but the meter starts to run immediately and never seems to stop. Even the gifts given to me, I buy. My family always tells me they don’t overspend, I just under-deposit. One year for Father’s Day, my card read, “I couldn’t decide what card to give you — your […]

Worldview: Regenerate Church Membership

What would you say if your neighbor asked, “What makes a Baptist church different or distinctive?” Most Southern Baptists would likely begin by explaining that Baptist churches administer baptism exclusively on the basis of personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This, I believe, is a perfect place to begin, but we could […]

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 […]

Guest Viewpoint: Twain, Trains & Jesus’ Westward Trail

Standing with my feet in the water on the banks of Donner Lake, I was in awe of the pristine summertime scene. The clear mountain lake against the deep blue sky, with the lush-forested Sierra Nevada Mountains towering above me, made an impression on my soul. It’s hard to believe that just mere miles from […]