Wholly Healthy: Relax and Be Healthy This Christmas

Christmas is upon us. And in order to have a healthy, happy Christmas season, maybe we should do Christmas a little less, rather than a little more. Without a doubt, Christmas causes enormous stress. Anxiety, depression and suicide rise during the holidays. Clinicians like myself see it every year. It occurs for many reasons, no […]

Guest Viewpoint: Effective Second-Chair Ministry

If you are not the lead dog, your view never changes. This maxim has been around for a long time and may ring true, but it disregards the importance of a second-chair leader. The person in the second chair should understand his role and position, and he must understand that God put him in that […]

Fresh Ideas: Keep the Christmas Spirit!

It feels so wonderful how the spirit of Christmas adds oomph to life. We live in anticipation, and we’re even nice to strangers. We become quite intentional about giving to others. But after the big day, as we turn the calendar page to Dec. 26, does that Christmas spirit fade? As you pack up those […]

Editor’s Word: The Season We Call Christmas

The Christmas season is upon us again, and with it comes a unique mixture of sacred, secular, wholesome, sinful, pagan and Christian opportunities and obstacles. Christmas is a time of year that affects almost all of us in one way or another. Following the Civil War, Southern Baptists, who had not been particularly involved with […]

Wholly Healthy: How to be Thankful for Our Bodies

It will soon be Thanksgiving, and we’re thankful for so many things! But, in the mix, let me remind you to be thankful for your bodies. And in addition to mentioning this to God, I urge you to express this sentiment by taking care of the physical form in which you dwell. The thing is, […]

Comic Belief: The Road Runner’s Path

Have you noticed that movement and direction are two separate things? When you’re lost in the parking lot and going in circles, you’re still moving, but you’re just not getting anywhere. The key to success in life is not to shoot the bull, pass the buck, or make seven copies. It is finding and staying […]

Outside the Walls: Locking Arms in Unity

They locked arms and bowed their heads. Different races joined together. An entire nation would talk about this moment of peace and unity. It didn’t happen on a football field, but around a dinner table. The first Thanksgiving occurred between Pilgrims and American Indians nearly 400 years ago. The Wampanoag people extended peace to the […]

Letter: Spiritual Power of Congregational Singing

Thank you for the “Last Word” column, “The Power of Congregational Singing” (October 2017). Your words are timely and so needed in our churches. We have focused on the “up front” worship leaders and teams and have forgotten the spiritual power of God’s people singing to glorify God. I have placed my order for “Sing!” […]

Editor’s Word: The Thanksgiving Lady

I enjoy fall and, particularly, Thanksgiving. This holiday has increasingly become a precursor to Christmas, but it is a great national celebration in its own right with a solid Christian origin. Around 50 million people will travel at least 50 miles to have a Thanksgiving Day meal with friends and/or loved ones. Approximately 88 percent […]

Worldview: Do Animals Have Rights?

Ingrid Newkirk, the founder of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), said, “When it comes to pain, love, joy, loneliness, and fear, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. Each one values his or her life and fights the knife.” How should a believer respond to this statement? First, […]