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Send Phoenix: Catch the Vision at the SBC 2017

  The SBC is preparing for her Annual Meeting. Aside from being far west of the typical SBC footprint, and being a hot place for us baptists to gather, Phoenix is also one of the most unreached large cities in America. By any measure—city population, metro area or regional influence—Phoenix is a major North American […]

3 Ways to Minister to Individuals with Special Needs

  In honor of World Down Syndrome Day we wanted to run this helpful and timely piece by Joseph Stegall, Lead Pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Nolensville, TN.   On March 29 2012, my life was changed forever.  That was the day that my wife gave birth to our fourth daughter, Eden, who was unexpectedly […]

The ERLC, Prestonwood, And The Mission

Since 1845, Southern Baptist’s have focused on “… eliciting, combining, and directing the energies of the Baptist denomination of Christians, for the propagation of the gospel….” While it’s true that our faithfulness to this cooperative mission has varied over the years, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed with gratitude for the grace of God so […]

Jesus and the Fiery Furnace

  Growing up with the Sunday School felt board Bible stories we’ve all heard of the three faithful Hebrews in the book of Daniel–Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego–who trusted in the Lord and refused to bow down to King Nebuchadnezzar’s statute. As a result, the king had them thrown into the fiery furnace. Far from being […]

Immanuel: Embrace the Longing

  Maybe it’s just me, but this Christmas seems heavy. My own family is still working through the pain of loss, a lot of families in my church are hurting, and every time I turn on the TV I see and feel the pain and suffering in the world. This pain of life leaves the […]

Preaching Christ at Christmas…and the rest of the year too!

  Every night of December my wife and I gather around the Christmas tree with our toddlers to read Old Testament passages of Scripture and then to proclaim Christ from them. We put a new ornament on our tree every night as a symbol of the Old Testament promises fulfilled in Jesus. Our children can […]

Home For Christmas

  I love the holiday season for many reasons, maybe most of all because it reminds me of home. It brings back memories of decorating the house with the family and Amy Grant playing in the background, of driving around at night to look at the city’s lights, of joyful anticipation of Christmas morning. In […]

Who Is My Neighbor – The Refugee/Immigrant Edition

  With all of the heated conversations I’ve  heard concerning immigration and the refugee crisis (often brought to the forefront by this election cycle), I’ve been constantly reminded of the parable of the Good Samaritan Jesus tells in Luke 10:25–37. As Christians we have to be careful to think about these issues biblically, first and foremost not […]

Advice to Young Christian Politicos

As the 2016 election is coming fast, we wanted to extend this guest post by Andrew T. Walker, the Director of Policy Studies at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. In it he offers really helpful advice for how we can practically engage politically in a deeper and helpful way. We’re thankful for the work he and […]

Election 2016 Thoughts – Part Two: Trump Support Could Hurt Our Gospel Witness

  I graduated from Murray State University with a degree in Political Science. I used to be obsessed and easily rattled by the results of elections. In almost all of those elections, I thought there was a clear candidate who should be elected for the good of the American people. Then along comes this election! […]

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