For richer, for poorer — until DEBT do us part?

3 financial principles to have and to hold for as long as you both shall live. BY GREG LOVE You’ve heard them, likely performed them (and maybe even said them) before — the refrain of traditional wedding vows from one beloved to another as a promise to uphold their commitment “for better or for worse, in sickness and in health …

My Walk through the Kingdom: Reflections on 30 Years of Ministry

This year I celebrated my 30th year in pastoral ministry. The years have flown by like a flock of geese heading south for the winter. Those years have been filled with countless weddings, funerals, counseling sessions, staff and Elders meetings, hospital visits, sermon preps, writing projects, mission trips, church planting adventures, seminary classes, and denominational meetings. During those years, I’ve had …

How to Leave Your Debt in 2019 – 7 Financial Habits to Take into 2020

BY GREG LOVE First of all — you’re not alone in your uphill battle against debt.  “Save more and spend less” is consistently one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions.  And for good reason. 49% of full-time working adults in the United States — polled across generations from millennials to Gen Xers to baby boomers — say they find it difficult to …

Seven Questions to Ask Before You Dig a Well in Africa, Part 3

By Jeff Palmer This is the third blog in a series of discussions about a biblical, sustainable missions strategy for your church. Question 2– Does this project involve, empower, and enhance the development of local believers? On the surface, this question looks identical to the first one. However, this question focuses specifically on the involvement, empowerment, and enhancement of local believersin …

The R-A-C-E Is On: What to Do When Your Church Encounters a Wintertime Claim

BY GREG LOVE There’s something about the Christmas season that makes us want to view our cup of coffee as half full, not half empty. This time of year has us overflowing with thankfulness and optimism!  However, in the delight and busyness of the holiday season, don’t allow your church to become distracted from managing potential risks. For example, do …

Seven Questions to Ask Before You Dig a Well in Africa, Part 2

In the previous post, I talked about the importance of evaluating your church’s missions strategy to make sure it results in long-term, sustainable change and the intentional spread of the gospel message. Over the next seven blogs, I will provide valuable questions to help you assess your church’s approach to missions. Question 1: Does this missions project involve, empower, and enhance …

10 Ways You Can Get Involved in Foster Care

BY JAMES WILLIAMS It was 2:30 a.m. when we received the call. After months of training, house inspections, CPR certifications, and background checks, we were finally approved to be foster parents. Half asleep, my wife answered the phone. A five-year-old girl had been rescued from the hospital and was in need of a home, so we agreed to take her. …

5 small pro-life steps churches can take

Originally Posted at: https://erlc.com/resource-library/articles/5-small-pro-life-steps-churches-can-take The March For Life took place a few weeks ago in Washington, D.C., beginning on the National Mall and proceeding to the steps of the Supreme Court. Hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children walked this path to advocate for the dignity and protection of human life, especially in its most vulnerable form, that of …

3 Practical Ways You Can Serve Widows This Holiday Season

For Southern Baptists, the words in James 1:27 to care for the orphan and the widow are not simply a suggestion we can overlook but rather a command we are honored to follow.  In fact, November 3 was Orphans and Widows Sunday, and churches across America participated in this special emphasis by holding special offerings and sharing ways to get …