Guest Columns
  • Refuge for refugees

    October 26 2016 by Diana Davis | with 0 comments

    He’s right in front of you in the grocery line. She’s the new girl in your child’s school classroom. You’ve read about immigrants or refugees who are moving to your town but you’re not sure what to say or do.   What is a correct Christian response to strangers in your community? When we see immigrants as individuals who are dearly loved by God, it’s easy to truly care.

  • Filmmaking debut from actress Erin Bethea

    October 25 2016 by Phil Boatwright | with 0 comments

    The further we Christians walk with Jesus, the less important the things of earth become. At least that’s the way it should be as expressed in Colossians 3:2-3.   But like anyone else, we must deal with the toils of life on a daily basis.

  • Getting what we asked for

    October 24 2016 by Jeff Iorg | with 0 comments

    No matter who wins the presidential election, it appears the American people are about to get what they have asked for over the past 50 years – institutionalization of their rejection of moral authority.   Since the 1960s, there has been a concerted effort by multiple groups to cast off moral restraint in the name of personal freedom.

  • Refugees – retreat or welcome?

    October 21 2016 by Erich Bridges | with 0 comments

    The United Nations held a conference in September focusing on the more than 65 million migrants worldwide – by far the biggest displacement of people since World War II.   They are driven from their homes by war, instability or grinding oppression and poverty.

  • ‘Lord, teach us to pray’

    October 20 2016 by Steve Gaines | with 0 comments

    If I could encourage the Southern Baptist Convention in one area, it would be to pray. I want us to be the greatest army of prayer warriors in the world.   Jesus is the only “expert” in prayer. When we read the Gospels, we see how important prayer was to Him.

  • A tiny handshake & squeaky voice

    October 19 2016 by John Weaver | with 0 comments

    At the eye clinic at St Louis Children’s Hospital, more than 25 people received a tap on their leg or shoulder the other morning followed by a tiny little handshake and then heard a squeaky little voice say, “Hey Low! How wa you?”   As my 6-year-old son Noah made his way around the room, he quickly gained everyone’s attention and I could actually see them look forward in anticipation for their own personal greeting from this precious little boy.

  • 20 simple reasons I’m grateful today

    October 18 2016 by Chuck Lawless | with 0 comments

    I don’t know your situation, but I suspect many of us have all kinds of reasons to say “Thank you” to God before we go any further into the day. Here are some basic reasons I’m thankful today: I woke up this morning. I have life only because God continues to grant it.

  • A state and nation where God is honored

    October 17 2016 by John L. Rustin, Guest Column | with 0 comments

    Friends, I am fully convinced that Nov. 8 may be one of the most critical elections we have faced in the history of our state and our nation.   I believe the outcome of the impending General Election will have more of an impact on the future of religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, the stability and prosperity of families across our country, and the fundamental character of our nation than any election in our lifetimes.

  • Dual citizenship & the ballot

    October 14 2016 by Mark Ballard | with 0 comments

    Every election cycle, certain concepts and buzzwords seem to resurface in the Christian community, such as “moral majority” and “values voter. ” It seems impossible to argue that a biblical “moral majority,” silent or otherwise, exists in the United States today.

  • Cut out the middleman

    October 13 2016 by David Jeremiah | with 0 comments

    In Scripture we read of two kinds of men – the spiritual man controlled by the Holy Spirit and the “carnal” man who is ruled by his passions, as noted by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 3. Paul used the terms old man and new man in Ephesians 4: “Put off … the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and … put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22,24, NKJV).

  • Do you ‘get’ the Cooperative Program?

    October 12 2016 by Randy C. Davis | with 0 comments

    James Suggs gets it.   Suggs, 72, is the pastor of Cave Hill Baptist Church in Newport, Tennessee. He’s lived in Cocke County his entire life – Cocke County, total population of about 35,000. Suggs shares the story of when he was a young pastor in his early 20s and told some friends that his goal in life was to see a million souls saved.

  • MOVIES: Greatest moments ever

    October 11 2016 by Phil Boatwright | with 0 comments

    Do you have a favorite movie moment? I sure do. Several. For even though Hollywood has never been a beacon of religious propriety, occasionally movie folk have offered insights that amused or blessed me through the years. Admittedly my “greatest movie moments” list is subjective, but its entries do, in this humble cinema commentator’s conviction, represent positive influences that redeem a medium now plagued with crudity and profanity.

  • Teaching children about suffering

    October 10 2016 by Jill Waggoner, Global Hunger Relief | with 0 comments

    My oldest son just turned 5, and this age is a joy. He understands the world in new ways every day and is asking tough, thoughtful questions.   As a parent, I sense my goals are changing. My days with him are no longer defined by gaining ounces, learning words or “going” in the potty.

  • God is bigger than Hillary, Trump & my vote

    October 7 2016 by Daryl Cornett | with 0 comments

    I’ve struggled with the choices we’ve been handed next month in perhaps the strangest and most divisive presidential election in recent history.   I’ve listened to people I respect give their thoughts about the situation. With Hillary on the far left and Trump on the far right (I think), the choice would seem clear.

  • Your God-given influence

    October 6 2016 by Jessica Pigg | with 0 comments

    There she was. Sitting on a beige sofa in my living room. Let’s call her Ashley.   Ashley had grown up in church and is still a faithful member who serves in the women’s ministry. She is a loving wife, mother and career woman.

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