Don’t Like the Song? Sing Anyway!

I’ve been there, and you likely have as well. You’ve never heard the song your church is singing or you’ve heard it but don’t like it. The temptation is to silently mimic the words or not sing at all. But here’s why we need to sing anyway: It’s right to sing God’s praises. Even if […]

A Word of Thanks to S.C. Baptists

On the last Friday of November, we practiced a very old tradition at Anderson University. We call it Christmas First Night. The practice started years ago under president Annie Dove Denmark with the idea of celebrating the first night of December through a Christmas concert and the lighting of a yule log. The event was […]

Guest Viewpoint: Pastors, We Are Called to Counsel God’s People  

St. Augustine wrote in his work titled “On Christian Doctrine” in A.D. 397, “Let every good and true Christian understand that wherever truth may be found, it belongs to the Master.” Most committed evangelical Christians will agree that the truth which comes from God, the truth that is provided by Him in His revealed Word, is […]

Guest Viewpoint: 2.8 billion Lost People & You

Have you ever stood face to face with someone who has never heard of the name of Jesus? If so, it is not an experience you will soon forget. Several years ago, a family from our church was serving as Christian workers in the mountains of China. After being on the field for about four […]

Guest Viewpoint: Hatred, Racism, Forgiveness

Do you know the internal struggle of trying to forgive someone who has deliberately hurt you or someone in your family? Reverend Anthony Thompson knows exactly what that feels like. His wife Myra was one of the nine people murdered on June 15, 2015, at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. Recently, I heard […]

Church Revitalization: Turning the Church Inside Out

Do you ever feel like the world has been turned upside down? From our culture’s rejection of authority to generational, political and racial divisions, it seems that instead of striving for the American Dream, our society is living an American Nightmare. Unfortunately, this not only describes modern culture but the Christian church as well. Today, […]

Suicide, Depression and Pastors: One Way Church Members Can Help

The suicide death of a young pastor is being felt throughout the world. Andrew Stoecklein, lead pastor of Inland Hills Church in California, left behind his wife, Kayla, and three young sons. I am the father of three sons. I cannot look at a photo of the young family without getting tears in my eyes. […]

Guest Viewpoint: Loving Your Pastor’s Family

Sometimes those who are most vital to a pastor’s ministry — his family — can be forgotten. Yet, they are the ones most often ministering to the minister.  As a pastor’s wife, I pray for my husband like no other. I encourage him when he needs to be built up and challenge him when he […]

Human Trafficking Is Thriving in S.C.

Lanie’s school bus dropped her off every day at the strip club where her mother worked. When she was younger, Lanie simply grabbed a bite to eat and did her homework while her mom worked. However, one day when she was 10 years old, the strip club lacked enough employees, so they “recruited” Lanie to […]

Guest Viewpoint: Don’t Ditch Your Denomination

In September 1986, my life was changed forever when I was elected as pastor of a dying Southern Baptist mission called Franklin Avenue Baptist Church. I grew up in the National Baptist denomination. I was the middle of five kids raised by a single mom who required everyone in her house to attend church on […]