Guest Viewpoint: No Lone-Wolf Christians, Please

Some Christians boycott the very institution the Bible presents as duty Writer: Jack Williamson I knew a man who had many of the external trappings of being a Christian. He and his wife regularly prayed together and read their Bibles. They both had a seemingly rich testimony of salvation, and they both led exemplary lives. They were […]

Guest Viewpoint: Who’s Dying?

Writer: Keith Davis There is a lot of discussion concerning the decline or plateauing of many Southern Baptist Convention churches. In this discussion we hear about churches that are dying a slow death. In response, we begin pushing for greater evangelism and outreach. I have to ask the question when I think about this: Who’s […]

Letter: Let’s not continue to cut funding to our institutions

I commend Dr. Rudy Gray on a great article in the November issue, “Is It Time for a New Approach to Missions?” He writes that the Great Commission “does not preclude us from evangelizing and discipling people here and abroad simultaneously.” As South Carolina Baptists, we must understand the truth of this statement. We must support […]

Veterans Day: A Navy Wife

While speaking for a leadership training event at a church near a military base, I spoke with a woman who described herself as a “Navy wife.” When I commented on how tough that life must be, she replied, “Not at all. It’s a great life. My husband is protecting America and stomping out evil around […]

Guest Viewpoint: What Is the Task of a Deacon?

The famed 19-century British Baptist, Charles Spurgeon, reportedly said, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Resist the deacons and they will flee at you.” While the quote contains Spurgeon’s trademark humor, it also highlights the idea that the office of deacon has long been considered a position of authority by church members. […]

Christian Worldview and Apologetics: God’s Untapped Legion of Ambassadors

Owen Cooper. Do you recognize the name? Until recently, I certainly didn’t. But now I count Owen Cooper among my heroes. What about these men and women: Truett Cathy, David Green (or Steve, or Mart), Abraham, Anne Beiler, Bill Job, the Guinness family, Jorg Knoblauch, Daniel, Jill Boorman, Kip Miller, William Renfrow, the Harrison family, […]

Guest Viewpoint: Why Leadership Is Overrated

“Let’s get rid of the pastor.” Often when things go wrong in the church, the pastor gets blamed and takes the heat. He is, after all, the leader. It works that way in business, too. Declining profits often mean firing the CEO. It’s the same for football; if the team doesn’t have a winning season, […]

Pastor to Pastor: For a Crown

“Rejoice in the Lord.” Philippians 3:1 was not written on a MacBook in a quiet study with a controlled climate from the comfort of a wingback chair. If you listen closely as you read this encouraging book, you can almost hear the rattle of the chains on Paul’s wrist as he dips his pen in […]

President’s Perspective: Let’s Tell Our Story

During the 1800s, revival broke out in England. While the lower and middle classes were the first to succumb to the Holy Spirit’s movement, the movement soon began to change the upper and aristocratic classes as well. One member of the upper class was a young educated woman named A. Catherine Hankey. She was skilled […]

Editor’s Last Word: Is it time for a new approach to missions?

The central theme of the Great Commission is to make disciples. That call applies to every Christian, every church, and every mission board. International Mission Board president David Platt has stated that reforms at the board, and financial restructuring, are needed in order to more effectively fulfill the Great Commission. The IMB has spent $210 […]