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FIRST-PERSON: When God says ‘no’

When God twice said "no" to the direction the apostle Paul was taking in his second missionary journey, Jimmy Draper notes that God's greater plan was unfolding to take the Gospel worldwide.

FIRST-PERSON: They imploded my building!

Jimmy Draper, president emeritus of LifeWay Christian Resources, reflects on the Jan. 6 implosion of the building that carried his name on the SBC entity's former campus in downtown Nashville.

FIRST-PERSON: Racing through life blindfolded!

Jimmy Draper ponders how NASCAR drivers -- and Christians -- would do if they were blindfolded. Christians "should never pull into the fast lane of life without first reading our Road Map -- the Bible," Draper, president emeritus of LifeWay Christian Resources, writes.

FIRST-PERSON: The true measure of success

Most of God's faithful servants over the centuries have been unknown, Jimmy Draper, president emeritus of LifeWay Christian Resources, writes. God sees real success as not "in what we do for Him," Draper notes, "but in confidence in what He has done and is doing for us."

FIRST-PERSON: Presence, but no witness

EULESS, Texas (BP) -- Here is an impossible dream: to think we can change our nation and our world simply by being present without being passionate and evangelistic in our faith and actions.

CALL TO PRAYER: Persecution from a Chinese Christian’s perspective

Stirred by a Chinese Christian's comment on the value of persecution, longtime Baptist leader Jimmy Draper asks fellow Christians in America, "Do we continue on our present trajectory of self-absorbed arrogance, confined to our self-contained little worlds and reap the inevitable consequences, or do we humble ourselves and plead with God for revival?"

CALL TO PRAYER: ‘Lord, prepare me to be …’

As our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, the church is the body of Christ. "Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary," should be our prayer, says Jimmy Draper, president emeritus of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

DOCTRINE: Does God heal today?

EDITORS’ NOTE: Today is the final day in a week-long series of columns on biblical doctrine by former LifeWay Christian Resources President Jimmy Draper. Today’s column accompanies another column on the same subject, healing. The series coincides with “Baptist Doctrine Study” week within the Southern Baptist Convention. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Does God heal today? No other […]

DOCTRINE: Is faith required for healing?

EDITORS’ NOTE: Today is the final day in a week-long series of columns on biblical doctrine by former LifeWay Christian Resources President Jimmy Draper. Today’s column accompanies another column on the same subject, healing. The series coincides with “Baptist Doctrine Study” week within the Southern Baptist Convention. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–In the past 25 years we’ve […]

DOCTRINE: Dealing with the demonic

EDITORS’ NOTE: Today is the fourth day in a week-long series of columns on biblical doctrine by former LifeWay Christian Resources President Jimmy Draper. Today’s column accompanies another column on the same subject. The series coincides with “Baptist Doctrine Study” week within the Southern Baptist Convention. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–In the last 30 years we’ve seen […]