Doug Metzger

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FIRST-PERSON: Doing what it takes

Victory, Doug Metzger notes, is a paramount word not just in athletic rigor but also Christian living.

FIRST-PERSON: Spiritually fit

Spiritual maturity, like physical fitness, entails commitment, effort and time, Doug Metzger writes. In striving for spiritual fitness, he notes, "we can expect evidence that God is working in us."

FIRST-PERSON: The Baptist national anthem?

No matter the style in which "Amazing Grace" is sung, Doug Metzger writes that its message "never loses its wonder. … What word better describes this miraculous, merciful, action by God on sinful man's behalf than the word amazing?"

FIRST-PERSON: Revival & the glory of God

Doug Metzger recounts his realization that the motivation to pray for revival amid churches and a culture in decline must be, first and foremost, for the glory of God.

FIRST-PERSON: Whatever happened to obedience?

Doug Metzger recalls his days as a plebe at the U.S. Naval Academy and what he learned about obedience that became a key part of his spiritual life.

FIRST-PERSON: On mission, amid the wildfires

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (BP)--For 10 years I looked out on the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains while serving as pastor of Magnolia Avenue Baptist Church in Riverside, Calif. So it was with great anticipation that I looked forward to doing my North American Mission Board staff mission week in Southern California the last week of October. But my plans were changed by the devastating wildfires sweeping through thousands of acres in the region, so far killing nearly two dozen people and destroying more than 2,000 homes.