With heightened rhetoric and intense divisions across our great nation, disagreements often get expressed in hateful terms, especially on social media where every voice, no matter how irrational or uninformed, carries as much volume as the next. But disagreement does not equate with hate. Or at least it shouldn’t.
As Southern Baptists, we embrace and encourage participating in North American Missions and International Missions. That is why we send teams to Gonzol, Ecuador.
A special part of VBS for me as a pastor has always been the classroom visits when I'm invited to the various rooms to teach that day’s Bible story. It's interesting to hear the boys' and girls' versions of familiar stories.
This is a simple yet powerful parable that remains timeless and reaches across the ages to be applied in daily life. Does this parable not apply to the Christian Church as well?
A young voter asked me Sunday, “Who are you voting for in November?” Apparently a famous Christian rapper said he would not vote because there were no acceptable candidates. That concerned me.
If we speak of the Holy Spirit at all, we speak of miraculous signs, wonders, healings, tongues, dream, visions, etc. Yet, all of those things pale in comparison to His grandest, most glorious work of all: imparting spiritual life to the dead soul.
A popular gospel song is titled, "Let's Just Praise the Lord." But one worship leader took issue with it -- a worship leader with great credibility in the evangelical world at that.
Churches in recent years have started relying on pre-arranged themed kits they order online or purchase at local Christian bookstores. The kits include music, craft ideas, decoration ideas, selected Bible verses and teaching plans.
It's always fitting to pause and remember the sacrifices of our veterans who ensure the freedoms we enjoy in America. Jesus likewise gave us a memorial to the cross of Calvary.
If we stop moving forward in our Christian lives, we lose ground. Perseverance is the key to victorious living. Perseverance is much better than a good start and a bad ending.
In a short span, I saw something torn down, and I saw something built up. This can be true of us, too, can’t it? We can be wrecking balls that tear down people. Or, we can be architects that build them up.
The church faces opposition today from an increasingly secular society putting restrictions on her work. Surprisingly among the fastest-growing religions in America today is Wicca, or the religion of witchcraft.
What comes next is life, and no matter what form it takes -- job, family, military, more school -- life has a way of teaching you lessons you didn’t know you needed to learn.
Teresa Harris, the office manager for the First United Methodist Church in Pell City, said attendance at Chapel in the Pines services has jumped from 116 to 180 guests as services head into their third week on Sunday.
Sometimes church music is like the "Henry" chorus. I was at a conference when we sang a song called, "I Could Sing of His Love Forever." And we almost did. We sang it for 10 or 15 minutes. As one of my buddies standing nearby whispered to me with mock seriousness, "I get it! I get it!"
The second Turkey Rodeo was held recently at Friendship Baptist Church in Springville. Senior pastor Dr. Roger White said this is a time when those who love to hunt turkeys are able to participate in a hunt that is totally free.
I was at a conference when we sang a song called, "I Could Sing of His Love Forever." And we almost did. We sang it for 10 or 15 minutes. As one of my buddies standing nearby whispered to me with mock seriousness, "I get it! I get it!"
Pastors experience heartbreak when people leave the church. Certainly, there is a time when a person should leave a church. But, how do you know when that time has come? What is a biblical “reason” (not excuse) to leave a church?