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Is Saving For Retirement Biblical?

Is Saving For Retirement Biblical? Why Saving for Tomorrow Isn’t About a Lack of Faith Today  by Greg Love Working alongside pastors and ministry partners over the years, I’ve noticed that the concept of retirement—especially in the most formal sense of the word —can at times carry a negative connotation.  And I understand why. For most, ministry […]

AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER TO THE NATIONS: Becoming a Runway for Sent Ones

By Matt Rogers We want to be a church that is an aircraft carrier to the nations. That is, we want our church to be a runway for sent ones. I’ve cast this vision hundreds of times in the life of our ten-year-old church in Greenville, South Carolina. By virtue of our location, we have […]

A Word On Contentment

By Julie Simmons Picture the scene – you are driving your shiny, new car past well-manicured lawns on a bright, sunny day.  You and your well-dressed friends are laughing at a clever joke.  All of you are perfectly happy, without a care in the world.  The commercials would make you think it is all because of your new […]

An Interview with Jackie Hill Perry

By Jessica Burke             Jackie Hill Perry has a story to tell. In high school, she had her first girlfriend. Two years later, she was living openly as the stud in a steady lesbian relationship. Her book, Gay Girl, Good God, tells about that part of her life and how God called her to Him. Over ten years […]

Song Selection At Multiethnic Churches

By Jonathan Solomon             Until January 2018, the only church cultures that I knew were the Church Of God In Christ and the United Holy Churches of America Inc. I believed that worship had everything to do with how you physically respond to the lyrics, the Bible, and the testimonies of your brothers and sisters. We […]

SBC 2019: A Layperson’s Recap

By Adrian Stephens Heading to Birmingham, Alabama, for my first Southern Baptist Convention, I felt fear and anxiety because of the city’s racial and ethnic division and the historical events that occurred in the town. I didn’t know what to expect, but I honestly didn’t believe I would leave encouraged. On Monday, I was relieved […]

SBC 2019 – Another Pastor’s Recap

By Matt Diaz After planting a church “in friendly cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention” over a year ago, I had the opportunity to attend this year’s Southern Baptist Convention in Birmingham, Alabama. While last week’s gathering marked the 162ndtime the SBC’s annual meeting has taken place, this was my first, both as an attendee […]

SBC 2019: A Pastor’s Recap

By Dave Russell Last week I had the privilege of attending our SBC Annual Meeting in Birmingham. This was my fourth convention and I left my time there encouraged and thankful to be a part of the SBC. In reflecting on my time at our Annual Meeting, I offer four areas of strength and one […]

SBC 2019—A Can’t Miss Family Reunion

SBC 2019—A Can’t Miss Family Reunion by Lyla Curtis In my years as a pastor’s wife, I have attended countless conventions. Mostly, because I get to go with my husband to cool places where we can meet with friends in ministry from other parts of the country, walk through the exhibit areas and be reminded […]

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