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 […]

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 […]

Remembering Cliff Barrows

Upon Cliff Barrow’s recent death, Billy Graham suggested that his and Cliff’s names should have had a hyphen between them. That’s how much Cliff meant to Dr. Graham and their shared ministry. Leading music was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to Cliff’s ministry at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He did […]

Say a prayer for school bus drivers

My heart aches for the six young lives lost in the crash of school bus No. 366 in Chattanooga, Tenn. I think about their families, now facing Christmas without beloved children. I think about the kids on the bus who survived. Some of them suffered critical injuries; all of them experienced the horror of seeing […]

Thanksgiving: Not Just a Holiday or Shopping Melee

Last year I received a phone call from a friend who asked me what I was doing on Thanksgiving Day. Our conversation was on Tuesday, just two days before the holiday. I had been so preoccupied with the “busyness” of life during the previous month that I had not been paying attention to the “big […]