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 […]

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 […]

Guest Viewpoint: Testimony services aren’t ‘old-fashioned’

Growing up as a pastor’s son in a small church, some of my fondest memories are linked to those occasional Sunday nights when my dad, rather than preaching, would moderate a “testimony service.” In those services, our song leader Wally Chandler would give the pianist a night off, and he would just play his guitar […]

Why not take kids on overseas mission trips?

We were celebrities and oddities in a rolling caravan. And by rolling, I mean with actual wheels — a double stroller and several wheeled suitcases trailing my husband Steven and me as we careened through an Asian airport with our two boys, ages 3 and 1. In an American airport, perhaps we would have been […]

Guest Viewpoint: Baptisms — More Than Numbers

As Baptist followers of Jesus Christ, we Southern Baptists have always emphasized the importance of believer’s baptism. As we see it in Scripture, believer’s baptism is: — a public testimony of a new believer’s faith in Christ and the church’s recognition of that faith (Acts 2:38-41; 1 Peter 3:21). — a pictorial representation of the Gospel […]

Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio expose SBC rift caused by ERLC’s Moore

In a surprise development, two prominent national news outlets have investigated the turmoil created by a Southern Baptist leader because of his relentless attacks against fellow evangelicals who chose to support Donald Trump during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. The Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio published separate election post-mortem investigations into the 45-year-old […]

Guest Viewpoint: Leading in the Need of Prayer

Especially for leaders, new years require fresh vision. And for pastors and other Christian leaders, fresh vision requires prayer. But quality prayer takes time and, for me at least, finding that time is one of the biggest challenges I face. Time is so precious. I often feel I don’t have enough of it simply to […]

Guest Viewpoint: Keep the ‘mas’ in Christmas

The year 2016 offers a unique opportunity in that Christmas falls on a Sunday. Years ago, a non-denominational megachurch publicly decided to cancel its worship services when Christmas fell on a Sunday, citing families’ needs to spend time together that day and the church’s inability to get enough volunteers together to make services work. This […]

Generosity and the Christmastime Blahs

It is time to ring in what is affectionately called “The Christmas Season.” The Christmas holiday is so big that, like spring or autumn, it now qualifies as its own season. Even non-Christ-followers celebrate this holiday as a time of joy, laughter and hope. Yet, for many, it is a sad time of year. Maybe […]

Fresh Ideas: The 12 Days of Christmas

The fun begins on Dec. 14, and it’s better than turtledoves or maids a-milking! This 12 Days of Christmas project helps keep Christ as the focus of Christmas. Each day from Dec. 14-25, do one simple Christmas action project in Jesus’ name. With early preparation, most will take just a few minutes, but the impact […]