Christian Devotion

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, […]

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 — […]

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 […]

Putting the Mic in God’s Hand

Eric Bancroft is a church planter from Grace Church in Miami, Florida, who’s well-known within 9Marks circles. At last month’s Unite Conference, a pastor’s conference hosted by the Pillar Network and Baptist21, Pastor Eric delivered a keynote talk on the importance of expositional preaching in Baptist churches. This talk, entitled, “Putting the Mic in God’s […]

5 small pro-life steps churches can take

Originally Posted at: 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 […]

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 […]

The Blessings of Being a Pastor’s Wife

This past week as I shopped a local Lifeway’s liquidation sale, a woman stopped me in the aisle where I was browsing bookshelves. She gestured to the book I was holding by Gloria Furman, The Pastor’s Wife. “You a pastor’s wife, then?”              “I am.”              She shivered slightly. “You have my deepest sympathy. I wouldn’t want to […]

3 Questions for a Stronger Culture of Multigenerational Generosity

Let’s start with some great news: Generosity is thriving across all generations. Perhaps that feels like an inconsistent statement when you look at the reality that less than 10% of younger generations (Gen Z and Millennials) would say they most frequently choose to be generous through monetary giving. Beyond younger generations, the numbers are not […]

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 […]

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