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We Can Change

When I lose sight of my hope, I’m prone to believe lies. One lie I hear whispered frequently is that I’ll never change, that I can’t change. It’s a lie completely antithetical to the gospel – the good news that I could change, or rather that I could be changed. Why is it after more […]

The Benefits of Multigenerational Churches

When my neighbors celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, our cul-de-sac was full with their guests’ cars who had come to celebrate with them. The generations of their family that came to visit represented the legacy of love that they are passing down through their covenant of marriage.              Several times a year, my church gets together […]

Free Tax Guide for Ministers

By Greg Love Having been a pastor myself and now serving churches at GuideStone®, I understand that ministers are unique in the financial world — especially when it comes to taxes. Think about it.  Between the special tax considerations for ministers, reporting requirements of both active and retired pastors and the implications of housing allowance, ministers differ greatly […]

A Travesty in the Empire State

            We were sitting on cushions pushed up against the wall in the front room of her house built into the mountainside in Veles, Macedonia. We had brought her dad, a Roma man who lives in the community where we were ministering, to visit her. She took a slow sip from her coffee as she […]

Caring for Christians

From time to time, we hear wonderful compliments ascribed to the people around us. Sometimes the compliment is about the person’s appearance. Sometimes about his generosity or her gentle spirit. Perhaps above them all, my attention is captured when I hear a person described as a true shepherd. “He really knows how to care for […]

Top 5 Posts of 2018

As the writer of Ecclesiastes reminds us, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens“. If you’re like many, perhaps at the end of each year you too like to ponder the past twelve months.  We at Baptist21 are no different. As each year sunsets, we find it […]

A Bi-Vocational Opportunity for Church Planters & Pastors

A Bi-Vocational Opportunity for Church Planters & Pastors By Ted Richard Imagine working 2 days each month bi-vocationally, and getting full medical benefits for you and your family for under $300 per month. Now consider the fact that this job would also allow you the opportunity to teach the Bible, share the gospel, counsel, and […]

Stories Matter

            For my husband’s seminary ethics class, one of the assignments was to read Francine Rivers’s The Atonement Child. The book tells the story of Dynah Carey who has everything she thinks she needs in life: a handsome fiancé, loving parents, and the respect of her Christian community. When a violent rape leaves her pregnant, […]

The 2018 Unite Conference

On October 16th through the 18th, the Pillar Network will host their prime annual event, the Unite Conference, in Raleigh, North Carolina. For those unfamiliar with Unite, this conference provides the opportunity for planters, revitalizers, pastors and seminary students from all over the country to gather for several days of fellowship, biblical exposition, networking, refreshment, worship, and […]

Follow-up to “A Modest Proposal for Baptist Associations”

A few weeks ago I shared “A Modest Proposal for Baptist Associations.” I sought to do two things. First, I wanted to affirm the importance of associations in Southern Baptist life. We often spend so much time thinking about national or state work, we neglect the work in our own backyards—associations have typically filled that […]

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