James T. Draper Jr.

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FIRST-PERSON: Freedom is never free

As the Fourth of July approaches, James Draper reminds Christians to not take for granted the freedoms they continue to enjoy and to pray for a spiritual awakening to again fall upon our land.

FIRST-PERSON: Is the SBC relevant to a 21st-century world?

"Does our SBC have anything significant to say to this 21st century?" James T. Draper Jr., one of Southern Baptists' key leaders for nearly a half-century, sets forth his answer.

Will Southern Baptists keep their eyes on the ball?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Think about how many sports involve a ball. There’s baseball, golf, football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, rugby and cricket, just to name a few. These sports are so completely different, but the one thing they have in common is that if you don’t keep your eye on the ball, you’re not going to be very successful. It could also be painful!

FIRST-PERSON: It is His story

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A number of years ago as I was coming out of Old Town Mombasa, Kenya, our team saw an old blind man feeling his way along a wall across the street. We went to him and shared the Gospel. When we finished he asked, "If this is true, why have you waited so long to tell me?"

FIRST-PERSON: Spiritual relief for a spiritual disaster

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The past 12 months have been some of the most costly in world history because of natural disaster. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast here in the United States, and it is hard to believe it was almost 12 months ago that the tsunami devastated parts of Southern Asia. So much destruction, so much loss of life.

FIRST-PERSON: Is your adventure real or make believe?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Winston Churchill, Dwight Eisenhower and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Gandhi and Mother Teresa. Missionary pioneers Adoniram Judson, William Carey and Lottie Moon. Corrie Ten Boom and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

FIRST-PERSON: A glorious coronation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Tuesday we grieved over the death of Adrian Rogers. But we do not grieve for him; we grieve for ourselves. We will greatly miss him. We celebrate his coronation into the very presence of the Lord as he is now absent from the body and present with the Lord.

FIRST-PERSON: Second generation syndrome

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Gary Inrig wrote a wonderful book entitled "Hearts of Iron, Feet of Clay"(Moody Press, 1979) which was a detailed study of the book of Judges. One of the issues he quickly raised in the book was what he called "The Second Generation Syndrome." In that early chapter of his book he discussed the difficulty of passing on our vision and convictions to our children and grandchildren. It is a daunting and challenging task for any parent, and it is rare for the faith of parents to be handed down to succeeding generations.

FIRST-PERSON: They are praying, watching & waiting; what’s our response?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The interview was wrapping up when a reporter with the International Mission Board asked a prominent leader in the rapidly expanding Chinese house church movement how American Christians could pray for house churches in China. “Stop praying for persecution in China to end,” he responded, “for it is through persecution that the church has grown.”