Guest Viewpoint: When Foster Kids Come to Church

“The Turners have a new foster child,” someone whispered. A wide-eyed 12-year-old walked into church beside the couple, and people began to welcome him. When God prompts someone in your church to foster a child, how will your church respond? Are the preschool, children’s and youth workers prepared? Will children include them? Will seniors and […]

Letter: Are we lazy evangelists?

Why are so many of our churches in decline? Some reasons are easy to understand. Many churches don’t live by Scripture. Some have declined because of bad decisions and others because of splits. But, more than these, there seems to be a lethargy in our churches today. From the 1930s through the 1960s, most churches […]

President’s Perspective: The Uncomfortable Question

I went to the nearby convenience store to get a Mountain Dew and came back with so much more. Our church is located in a rural community. Everybody in this area uses that store from time to time. On this particular evening, though, no one else was in the store. So I asked the man […]

Worldview: Euthanasia and Sanctity of Life

It pains us to watch a loved one regress as symptoms of disease or old age — or both — alter mind and body. Is such suffering necessary? Culture suggests possible shortcuts to the natural aging process. Euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide provide “alternative” paths to circumvent the suffering. (Euthanasia involves a physician actively ending the […]

Outside the Walls: Plant the Church

“Do you want to plant a church?” I looked at John like he was crazy. “What are you talking about? How do you plant a church?” It was my senior year in college, and I had never heard of such a thing. “It’s a lot like our college ministry on Thursday nights, except we will […]

Sunday Dinner: Eggplant Casserole

We see them in newspapers, magazines and on canned-food labels, but the best place I like to find them is in local cookbooks. I’m talking about recipes, because we know that if the contributor has his or her name attached, the recipe will be a good one. That is true of today’s recipe. It is […]

Wholly Healthy: Drug Allergies & Side Effects

“Are you allergic to any medications?” Physicians and nurses ask this question over and over. Everyone is more attuned to patient safety, especially, allergy issues. And it’s true whether we’re discussing food, drugs or environmental exposures. But what constitutes a drug allergy? There seems to be a lot of confusion about this because not everyone […]

Editor’s Last 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 […]

Guest Viewpoint: Why I practice cold-call evangelism

Many of us have received a phone call from an unknown number and, upon answering, found out that a random salesperson from a different state is attempting to sell us something. This method is called cold-call sales, which simply means that a company acquires a list of random names and phone numbers and methodically marches […]

Comic Belief: You’re Wonderful!

Like most families, we went on vacation and drove 500 miles to look for a place that served home-cooked meals. We stopped to get our fix of Southern cooking. Our waiter was service-industry challenged. He couldn’t get anything right. I thought, “If he gets minimum wage, he’s overpaid.” The experts say that an average person […]