K. Allan Blume
  • Extended winter storm damage

    December 11 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    The record-setting Dec. 9 winter storm may have a broader impact on the spread of the gospel than we think. Undoubtedly, the majority of churches in North Carolina were forced to cancel all worship services for the day. Those along the coastal counties proceeded on schedule, but many churches in that region are still recovering from Hurricane Florence.

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  • What are you learning from Advent?

    November 27 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 1 comments

    Advent is for evangelicals! Celebrating Advent has not been high on the priority list for most evangelical church members, but it should be. The emphasis of the Christmas/Advent season is Jesus – His first coming and His second coming. Isn’t He the central figure for Bible-believing evangelicals? Aren’t we followers of Jesus Christ?   J.

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  • Some questions asked in the Bible

    October 29 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    The 2018 annual meeting of North Carolina Baptists carries the theme, “Who is my neighbor?” The question is one of many in the scriptures that captivate my attention.   It was raised in the context of introducing the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10.

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  • My next chapter

    October 15 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    At the semi-annual meeting of the Biblical Recorder’s board of directors on Mon. , Oct. 1, I shared my plans to retire as editor-president at the end of May 2019. As noted in the cover story of this print edition, I will complete eight years in this place of ministry at that time.

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  • Voting is important

    October 1 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    Tues. , Nov. 6 is Election Day. Where will you be? If you plan to attend the annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina in Greensboro, you could forfeit your vote. Of course, you can – and should – plan to vote early.

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  • People and churches survive Florence

    September 17 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    As Hurricane Florence barreled along her predicted course toward North Carolina’s mainland Sept. 13, schools and businesses in its path closed. Residents in high target areas were told to evacuate. Many of our pastors, church staff and directors of missions left their homes to find temporary shelter elsewhere.

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  • Are you communicating?

    August 21 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    Look at the receipt from your recent visit to a grocery store, restaurant, home improvement center or similar business. Near the bottom, you’ll probably see an invitation to take a survey by phone or online. The management wants to know if the company is doing a good job.

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  • Remove ‘great and very serious disadvantages’

    July 23 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    Pastor, if you announce an event or a church strategy one time to your church family, everyone gets it; they all leave the service fully informed, right? Wrong! Even after the second announcement, printing it in a worship bulletin, running the information on the display screens, placing it on your website, tweeting and posting it on Facebook, someone will say, “I didn’t know anything about that!” One does not have to be in church ministry long to learn the value of repetition.

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  • ‘Post-truth’ strikes close to home

    June 26 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    In 2016, Oxford Dictionaries declared “post-truth” the international word of the year and added it to their dictionary. The action was prompted by the intense debates surrounding that year’s “Brexit” vote for Great Britain to withdraw from the European Union, the heated presidential election in the United States and controversial social movements worldwide.

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  • Revival, judgment and the SBC mess

    May 29 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 2 comments

    An ominous spirit has fallen on the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). We have problems that can no longer be ignored or swept under the rug. Gut wrenching honesty is not an optional course to consider. It is the only option.   Pastors, bloggers, lay leaders and entity heads are publicly expressing profound chagrin over our current condition, all the while calling for deeper levels of prayer, fasting and self-examination.

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  • Are we teachable?

    May 1 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    What is the most significant step a Christian can take to live fully for God’s purpose and glory? Some may answer by quoting the great commandment – love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. Others will likely talk about the Great Commission – take the gospel to every person on earth.

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  • Remember history’s bad, good lessons

    April 17 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 2 comments

    History has some messages for us. Some very evil people in places of leadership have done great harm. Some very godly people in places of leadership have done great good. Both lessons should not be forgotten.   Auschwitz was a Nazi death camp where nearly a million Jews were slaughtered for one reason – they were Jews.

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  • Reflections on a visit to Israel

    March 19 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 1 comments

    Through more than 40 years of ministry, I’ve heard the refrain from friends, “Every Christian should visit the Holy Land – especially pastors, teachers and church leaders. ” The Bible will come alive, they say. It’s been on my wish list.

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  • Franklin Graham: Father’s ‘journey is complete’

    March 5 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    It is fitting that North Carolina Baptists’ news journal, the Biblical Recorder, dedicated the March 10 print edition to the most famous Southern Baptist in history. Billy Graham was a North Carolina native, a life-long resident and an ordained Baptist minister.

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  • Are church attenders good disciple-makers?

    February 5 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments

    It’s time to stop attending church. If you’re shocked at that statement, give me a chance to explain. Have you noticed the shift in the language we use to describe our relationship with a specific church? There was a time when we heard someone say, “I’m a member of Third Baptist Church,” or “I belong to Third Baptist Church.

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