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 […]

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 […]

Outside the Walls: A Complete Disciple

The small group of men huddled together. The time they had spent together the past year was filled with ups and downs. They trusted and believed in each other. There was one last thing they needed to do: Execute the play. Hunter Renfrow runs the route, crosses the goal, and makes the catch from Deshaun […]

Sunday Dinner: Let’s Resolve to Be More Hospitable

We are a month away from it all. The tree is down and out, the fruitcake, ham/turkey, collards, and black-eyed peas are eaten, children are back in school, people are back at their jobs, and we are in the second month of the new year. Your resolutions have been made (and possibly abandoned), so I […]