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Perspective: Kingdom outposts
Aug12

Perspective: Kingdom outposts

In the next few weeks, many parents will move their children into a dorm at one of the many universities in our state and beyond. This experience is one of the most exciting and fearful times in the lives of both parents and children. We have shaped and cared for our children across the years anticipating this moment. During this time, we realize how very important our investment is in their lives. We have taught them how to manage...

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Perspective: Everybody a Missionary
Aug05

Perspective: Everybody a Missionary

Southern Baptists have always been a mission-minded people. China was one of our first mission fields. Lottie Moon, Bertha Smith, and Bill Wallace are only a few of the legendary names of those who served this vast nation. Missions once was seen as something carried out by long-term missionaries, who spent their lives on a foreign field. In the early days, when travel was so hard, missionaries rarely returned home. As travel became...

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Perspective: Only a beginning
Jul28

Perspective: Only a beginning

As I write this article, I am on a trip to East Asia. The last sermon and invitation at Falls Creek Youth Weeks will have been concluded by the time this article is published. My guess is that the eight weeks of summer youth camps will have ended with approximately 53,000 in attendance, 2,200 professions of faith, and more than 1,000 commitments to missions and ministry. This has been a great summer where the Grace of God was on full...

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Perspective: Truth does not change
Jul22

Perspective: Truth does not change

Al Mohler wrote a very insightful article addressing the recent decision by the Anglican church to defy 2,000 years of Christian history by electing women bishops. Mohler includes a very telling and powerful quote by The Rt. Rev. William Ralph Inge, Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London in the early 20th Century. Dean Inge once famously remarked: “Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the...

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Perspective: The great leveler
Jul16

Perspective: The great leveler

In my quiet time, I have been meditating on I Cor. 2:1-5. The key to this passage is found in verse 2. Paul writes, “For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” This verse is clear, simple, and straight-forward. Paul goes on to state that he did not try to use high-toned linguistic skills or great philosophical arguments to persuade the Corinthians concerning the saving power of Christ. Rather,...

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