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 […]

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 […]

Editor’s Last Word: The Blessing of Friendship

W. Ray Partain, one of the best friends I have ever known, died suddenly after a massive heart attack in December. Ray became a very successful businessman after he “retired” from his regular job. When he started his income tax and bookkeeping business around 40 years ago, he dedicated his business to Christ. Throughout the […]

5 Dangers of Unaligned Small Groups

The first time I encountered this issue was in a church consultation nearly 20 years ago. I asked the pastor to tell me what was being taught in the church’s small groups. He seemed nonplussed in his response: “I have no idea.” I was taken aback. I tried a different approach. “Tell me,” I said, […]

Worldview: The Hiddenness of God

Philosopher Frederick Copleston asked atheist philosopher Bertrand Russell what Russell would say if, after death, he faced God who asked him why he didn’t believe. Russell responded, “I would say, ‘Not enough evidence, God; not enough evidence.’” This exchange highlights the problem of the hiddenness of God. That is, if God exists, why does He […]

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 […]