Judy Bates

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FIRST-PERSON: There’s a pill for that

Judy Bates voices concern for senior adults, including many Christians, who are being overmedicated with painkillers, antidepressants and other mind- and behavior-altering drugs.


Judy Bates recounts Sunday lunch with a rural family who were "wealthy beyond what most folks ever dream." She "feasted like royalty, basking in the pure joy of this beautiful family so rich in everything that mattered."

FIRST-PERSON: The nerve of some people!

Columnist Judy Bates grapples with seeing a mass exodus of churchgoers leave during the invitation. Her frustration, however, takes a turn toward repentance.

FIRST-PERSON: Who could use a little compassion?

Columnist Judy Bates writes that compassion, from a biblical standpoint, is "a distinguishing characteristic of those who are in Christ Jesus." She counsels: "Don't sit around waiting to develop compassion because it'll never just happen. You learn compassion through extending it."

FIRST-PERSON: A lesson at the seashore

Writer Judy Bates recounts what she learned at the seashore when picking up a broken sand dollar.

Without Mission:Dignity they’d be ‘in big trouble’

DALLAS (BP) -- When Dewey Seale sings the old hymn "Amazing Grace," the words come from deep in his heart as he remembers God's grace has always been sufficient no matter the circumstances.

Retirees’ hardships eased by Mission:Dignity

DALLAS (BP) — Ten dollars a month. That’s all Gordon and Alice Burks had left from his salary after paying rent of $65 for their little place in Home Gardens, Calif. The small church Gordon had agreed to pastor couldn’t pay them more than $75 a month, but he followed the Lord’s calling in spite […]

Monthly check kept First Baptist in touch with aging, isolated sisters

PINSON, Ala. (BP)–Throughout his daughters’ lives, Addie Price cautioned his girls never to trust anyone. “When me and your mama are gone, don’t you let anybody take this house away from you,” he instructed, referring to the family home on Walnut Street in Pinson, Ala. “I don’t want you doing anything with this house. “Don’t […]