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The curious case of Demas

By Doug Munton O'FALLON, IL (BP) — I am curious about a biblical character named Demas. He is only mentioned three times in the New Testament. But there is intrigue and mystery and disappointment …

How growth and transformation happen

Have you thought much about how significant growth and transformation occur? I have. Words often attributed to Samuel Smiles (1812-1904) state the proven process succinctly: Sow a thought, and …

Correction: A previous version of this story stated Fr. Allan J. McDonald as the current priest at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Macon. McDonald, a former priest of the Macon church, currently …

Before you fire your pastor

By Thom Rainer It happened again this week. A pastor contacted me to let me know his deacons asked for his resignation. The reason? No one was really clear about it. The best I can discern the issue …

Those who don't give up

WAKE FOREST, NC (BP) — Despite the joys of living for Christ, sometimes it can be so hard that we're tempted to wonder if it's worth the sacrifice. It is, of course, worth every moment of …

Lessons from the Eclipse

BRYAN NOWAK/Facebook The Georgia Baptist Mission Board staff took a break from a staff meeting on Monday to go outside the Missions and Ministry Center in Duluth to see the solar eclipse. It was …

RACE, RELIGION, and the CHRISTIAN

Over the past week, numerous posts, op-eds and personal opinions regarding race and religion have flooded our social media. Let’s quickly walk through how a Christian should respond to current …

The statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, VA served as a flash point among protesters Aug. 11-12. WIKIPEDIA COMMONS My wife and I were appointed as Southern Baptist missionaries in 1983. In …

After going to youth camp as a teen in the early 1970s, I chaperoned as a brand new pastor in 1990. Recently, after a 27-year hiatus, I returned. Why would a 58-year-old aging Baby Boomer who …

The recent history of trying to get a religious liberty bill passed in Georgia reads like a Greek tragedy or some Alford Hitchcock iconic thriller with a bad ending. Our forefathers would be …

When white supremacists come to town

By Christine Hoover CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (BP) -- I live in Charlottesville, VA. You may have heard of it. You may have seen my city on the news or on your Twitter feed after several white …

GETTY IMAGES I can only remember two sentences that Coach Roach ever spoke to me. Coach Roach was his real, given name. Well, Roach was. Coach was just a title. I guess when you have a last name like …

Fact Check that story before you share

GETTY IMAGES Alternative truth. Fake news. Fact check. The political arena has added some new terms to our vocabulary over the last couple of years. As I peruse the social media news feeds of fellow …

Who has your back? (For Real)

If you missed last weekend at Concord, you missed a challenge for all of us to build some intentional encouragement into our lives. What is that? Intentional encouragement is spiritual …

Atheism, science, and education

By Phil Boatwright KANSAS CITY, KS (BP) -- The faith-based drama The Case for Christ is the true story of Lee Strobel, a Chicago Tribune investigative journalist who determined to disprove his …

Last Sunday I preached for the 210th homecoming at Poplar Springs North Baptist Church near Dublin, where Cecil Clegg is the transitional pastor. There was a great spirit in the church. They …

Sharing Jesus in a tough environment

Are you working in a tough place? Are you in an environment that you really don’t like and you are looking for a new job? That’s certainly your prerogative but, you may be right where God wants …

Last year the Chicago Cubs won the Major League Baseball World Series, but it was 108 years in coming. They had not won a World Series since 1908, the same year Henry Ford introduced the Model T and …

Jerry Vines is back in school

Scott Barkley’s story about Jerry Vines’ enrolling in Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Ph. D program has inspired and motivated me – not to enroll in a Ph.D. program (it is …

I know that the church is made up of redeemed sinners who are hardly perfect. All of us have room for improvement, and none of us always gets everything right. Nevertheless, our churches must set …

Our granddaughter, Hayley Echols, and her husband, Taylor, have just celebrated their first wedding anniversary. On the day of the anniversary Hayley wrote on Instagram, “Contrary to popular …

By Paige Patterson Never is it wrong to state a firm case for racial justice in America. If racism continues to be problematic the world over; at least not in America, and certainly not in the SBC, …

On June 30, 2016 Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced that transgendered individuals were granted the opportunity to serve openly in the military. He stated, “They can no longer be …

The following was originally posted at jimduggan.org on July 23. Today, we celebrate the life of my mom, Ann Duggan, who passed into the presence of the Lord Thursday evening. I want to share …

East Mississippi Community College sits in tiny Scooba, MS. Screen grab/NETFLIX I don't believe it's unfair to say football's become our national pastime. In my household it is, anyway. At the …

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