Accepting the Diagnosis of Death

The goal of hospice is a peaceful death. A peaceful death is achieved medically by providing comfort care measures that bring contentment and an absence of pain. Socially, a peaceful death is achieved by growing closer to our family and friends by expressions of love and forgiveness. This includes reaching out to those we’ve hurt […]

After Death, What is the ‘Intermediate State’?

The intermediate state is a person’s condition between physical death and the resurrection. For the believer, it is a time of conscious bliss in the presence of the Lord; but for the unbeliever, it is a time of conscious torment. According to the New Testament, death is the separation of the soul (or spirit) from […]

Guest Viewpoint: What Makes a Good Mission Team

Churches all across America will be taking short-term mission trips this summer to places like Cleveland, Boston, Uganda and Thailand. Recently, I asked some missionaries, church planters and missions leaders a strategic question: What did the best mission teams do that made you glad they came? The insights listed below were gleaned from their answers. […]

Guest Viewpoint: Pointed Words from Brother Louis Beloney

I am the middle of five kids. My mom and dad were divorced when I was 6 years old. As a single mother of five kids, my mom had a lot of rules; however, the one that was non-negotiable was that everyone in our house had to attend church on Sunday mornings. My mom would […]

5 Family-Friendly Things: ‘Bible Bee’ leads entertainment lineup

Editor’s note: “5 Family-Friendly Things” spotlights family-friendly entertainment choices on DVD, streaming or television. We’ll be running this column over the next three months. Please let us know what you think of it on Facebook (BaptistCourier) Twitter (@baptistcourier) or by email (editor@baptistcourier.com). How long would it take you to memorize five Bible verses? Fifty Bible […]

Guest Viewpoint: Gondor, Narnia, Wakanda and Washington

Our Hero Stories Reveal Our Greatest Longings Ever since I’ve been old enough to watch the news, I’ve felt frustrated. I’m 41 years old, and I’ve seen Republican and Democratic administrations come and go through Washington. Just like everyone else, I have my own ideas about what ideals are best for the country. But I […]

Staying Alert Means Staying Alive

In addition to being a college professor and preacher, I have the privilege of teaching self-defense skills to people in my community on a weekly basis through my self-defense company, Peaceful Warrior, LLC. Although most people we encounter in life are law-abiding and peace-loving people, there are folks who might intend us harm. We could […]

Keeping Children Safe at Church

Today’s parents are becoming more and more concerned about the safety of their infants and young children during Sunday worship services and other church events that provide care. Here are some practical suggestions you can incorporate to keep your church children safe: Develop your church safety and security After the recent rash of church and […]