John Boquist

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FIRST PERSON: ‘Tell His Story’

RUTHER GLEN, Va. (BP)--“Tell His Story” is the theme for this year’s Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. This special offering is taken among Southern Baptists each year and supports the work of our North American Mission Board. So, what exactly is a NAMB missionary? There are more than 5,300 of them, and there are almost that many descriptions of what they do.

FIRST PERSON: Worship is a matter of who, not how

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (BP)--When ministers get together and talk about their church services, it's not unusual to hear the term "worship wars." The way I see it, the warfare is sparked by the assumption that everyone should like the music and style that I (we) like. Nothing new. James tells us the source of conflict is our own selfish desires.

FIRST-PERSON: These shoes don’t fit

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (BP)--If I hadn't already sensed a calling from music ministry to pastoral ministry, I'd begin to wonder if now was the time to forsake church music as I know it. If all the Christian publishers' Christmas music offerings are similar to the one I've seen so far, we're in trouble this year. I've been leading church music programs for more than 17 years, and the material with which we have to work doesn't seem to be getting better.