Viewpoint: Loving the Local Church

I have a love relationship with the local church. The church has been my life — I was born a pastor’s child and eventually became a pastor’s wife. My father pastored Southern Baptist churches for over 50 years. And although I said I’d never marry a preacher, that’s exactly what I did. Almost 39 years […]

In Your Interest: What motivates you to give?

What motivates you to give? Let’s say that you are watching TV one evening and you see a commercial that shows a hungry child. You are drawn into that scene, and cannot easily forget it. You are moved into action, and make a contribution to the sponsoring organization. You can reasonably assume that you are […]

Viewpoint: Parents’ Rules for Back to School

As teachers set up their classrooms for a positive new academic year, they carefully post the “rules” for classroom behavior. But research suggests that it is parentswho actually have the greatest impact on a child’s school success. Perhaps parents need rules too! There are seven strategies or rules that parents might consider before school begins, to […]

Wholly Healthy: Changing Conditions for Hospital Admission

When we take our sick or injured loved ones to the hospital, we often hope that they will be admitted. In many instances this is a very reasonable request. When heart or lung disease are at work, when severe infections, dehydration, fractures or strokes occur, admission may well be the only option. However, sometimes our […]

The Most Terrifying Sentence in Ministry

“I wish my husband was more like you.” It is a frightening sentence I have heard in one form or another multiple times throughout my ministry. Sometimes it is worded differently, say, if it comes from a single woman who “would love to meet someone like you.” Sometimes the scary sentence is actually made up […]

(Legally) Living Your Faith in the Public Classroom

Like any job, teaching has its challenges, but for those truly called to this profession, the joys, surprises and satisfaction make the challenges worthwhile. For the Christian teacher in a public school, the joys are multiplied when the practice of faith in the classroom is understood and applied, legally and appropriately. Thanks to organizations like […]

In the wake of Supreme Court marriage ruling, what’s next?

The White House was lit with the colors of the rainbow, the recent symbol for the gay and lesbian political movement, following the 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court that legalized same-sex marriage. Our president sent the nation a message, and, for Christians, it was seen as showing incredibly bad taste. As most evangelical observers […]

Comic Belief: Fidget While You Talk

Relationships can be tough. This week I was exasperated with my wife, Penny, and said, “I was a fool when I married you.” She said, “Yes, dear, but I was too in love to notice.” I think sometimes that if Penny really loved me she would have married someone else. We’ve had our share of […]

After 5 years, is there a Great Commission Resurgence?

Editor’s note: What follows is an abbreviated version of a much lengthier analysis of the “Great Commission Resurgence” document adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention five years ago. To read the full article, which addresses each major component of the GCR document, visit When the gavel dropped to end the Southern Baptist Convention’s 2015 […]

President’s Perspective: Living in Uncertain Times

A contemporary theologian has stated that the first and 21st centuries are more alike, morally and theologically, than any other two centuries. Considering recent events such as the United States Supreme Court decision to uphold same-sex marriage and the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, this statement is correct. Therefore, it is imperative that […]