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Guest Editorial: HHS mandate challenges religious liberty

In August 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) unveiled a regulation that would require all groups require health insurance that covers abortion-inducing drugs (such as the so-called morning-after pill). The HHS, which wrongly considers those pills as contraception, included what they call a “conscience clause” that would exempt religious organizations. Yet they define it so narrowly that only churches...

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Guest Editorial: Unexpected blessings

by Paul Moody “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3: 5-6 Have you ever sat in a church pew and listened to an appeal from your pastor or some other church leader asking for help with some aspect of church life? Have you said to yourself, “I see the need, but I have no training in that ministry.” The time was 1995 or...

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Guest Editorial: Managing social media

by Micah Fries ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (BP)—It’s no secret that I’m a fan of social media. I’m convinced it’s an incredible tool to expand your reach, advance gospel causes, sharpen your communication skills and on top of all that, it’s fun. However, social media also has the potential to consume your time, kill actual relationships with real people and divert your attention from things that matter. So, from the perspective of a pastor, how...

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Guest Editorial: 10 revival meeting tips

by Jake Roudkovski NEW ORLEANS (BP)—Even though the number of revival meetings in the Southern Baptist Convention has been declining, a significant amount of churches continue to use revival meetings for evangelism and revitalization. In a 2010 survey by LifeWay Research, revival meetings were among the five most often used evangelistic events in Southern Baptist churches. Let me suggest several practical ways that may help churches...

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Guest Editorial: Smile, you’re blessed

by David Jeremiah EL CAJON, Calif. (BP)—“Life is like a box of chocolates,” said Forrest Gump. “You never know what you’re gonna get.” I seldom bite into a piece I don’t like. And when I think of life’s little pleasures, I don’t want to forget to thank God. After all, He made the cocoa trees and beans, the sunshine and the rain, the fruits and grains—and the Bible says He opens His hand and satisfies His children with good things...

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Guest Editorial: Small is the Kingdom

by Ed Stetzer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Americans are obsessed with big things. If something is big, it must be better. It has strength. It has legitimacy. Yet, that’s an American value, not a biblical one. Jesus confused a lot of people when He showed up and announced that the Kingdom of God had come near. Then, he confused even more people when He described it in terms of small things. The Kingdom of God broke into the world with the...

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