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Perspective: Reflections on SBC meeting
Jun22

Perspective: Reflections on SBC meeting

Having just returned from the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio, I would like to use this article to reflect on my experience. The annual meeting of the SBC has multiple roles. They are times to do business, be inspired, and reconnect with the larger family of Baptists. A year ago, Ronnie Floyd of CrossChurch in Northwest Arkansas was elected our president. Every president brings unique skills and...

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Perspective: The second half
Jun15

Perspective: The second half

Every day brings a new challenge to the Christian worldview. Every day brings a new fence designed to “hem in” the Christian moral ethic into a backstreet alley. To hold to a biblical view of creation, mankind created as man and woman, positions one to be considered a narrow-minded bigot of the first order. To limit, or in some way contest as aberrant, a worldview that blurs sexual identity and practices unbridled sexual expression is...

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Perspective: The local church & Falls Creek
Jun08

Perspective: The local church & Falls Creek

When the calendar page turns to summer, Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center awakens to thousands of people who will find their way to the Arbuckle Mountains and an encounter with the Living God. Across the years, I have pondered, written, and spoken regarding the uniqueness of the spiritual success of Falls Creek. I would like to think out loud with you at the beginning of summer encampments on the subject of this spiritual success....

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Perspective: The Pastor & VBS commitment services
Jun01

Perspective: The Pastor & VBS commitment services

I love Vacation Bible School (VBS). For 28 years, I served as pastor of a local church. In all those years, I do not remember ever letting VBS occur without me. VBS is a tremendous opportunity to relate to children and their families. VBS is one, if not the most, important evangelistic events in the church, which has been proven again and again. I would like to make some suggestions from years of experience that may help us make the...

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Perspective: Doctrine of Baptism
May26

Perspective: Doctrine of Baptism

As Baptists, one of our most important doctrines is believer’s baptism. Baptists have held tenaciously to the biblical admonition to make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Baptists believe that the New Testament clearly speaks of baptism for those who have repented of sin and placed their faith unreservedly in Jesus Christ as the Only Savior. A person is not ready for baptism until they have...

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Perspective: True Christianity
May19

Perspective: True Christianity

The headlines and “talking heads” were captivated by a new Pew Research Poll that reveals Christianity in America is declining. It is true that liberal mainline Christianity that stands for nothing and, thus, offers nothing, is in steep decline. Just as true is the decline of cultural Christianity, which has infected even the most conservative and biblical churches. What the news commentators missed is the reality that biblical...

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