Kevin Ezell

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FIRST-PERSON: The God who came inspires the missionaries who go

The Son of God took on flesh and was born in a manger. One of the worst things that can happen to us is that the good news of Christmas Day becomes routine. Maybe this happens because we’ve allowed our daily pace and to-do lists to drown out our sense of wonder. Perhaps trials and tragedy have rendered hollow the voices spreading Christmas cheer.

FIRST-PERSON: Cooperative Program foundation provides Gospel opportunity

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- As believers, most of us know that our faith is not something to be kept to ourselves. Jesus commanded us to “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.”

FIRST-PERSON: CP fuels Gospel hope just when it is needed most

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – I pastored my first church in Fort Worth, Texas, while attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Hilltop Baptist Church was small – I was called as pastor with seven votes, my only unanimous call to this date – and it was located in a rough part of town. In fact, I’m pretty sure that the only reason they brought me as pastor was that my wife Lynette was the only pastor’s wife willing to live in the nearby church parsonage!

FIRST-PERSON: Connected to the family

Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, tells of a church planter in Maine who is "not alone" due to Southern Baptists' cooperative support.


Just as God never settles for the status quo, Kevin Ezell writes that North American Mission Board missionaries, supported by the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, are "always pushing forward … starting new churches, connecting with new people and finding ways to meet needs so that in the process a conversation can turn toward the Gospel.

EZELL: Tools for evangelism focus

Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, shares 10 ways Southern Baptists can keep their evangelism focus.

EZELL: Don’t wait to say ‘Send me’

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Not long ago I had the privilege of visiting with 1,200 college students for the weekly meeting of The Salt Company, a ministry of Cornerstone Church in Ames, Iowa, near the campus of Iowa State University. Cornerstone was birthed from The Salt Company 21 years ago. The goal of The Salt Company was to reach students at Iowa State for Christ and today this ministry keeps that as its primary goal.

SANCTITY OF LIFE: Make your church ‘adoption-friendly’

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- When I pastored Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., my friend David Melber and his wife Tera started a "Considering Adoption" class for couples. It ran for five weeks and became so popular that we offered it twice each year. Not everyone who took the class ultimately decided to adopt but the class became an important part of raising awareness in our church about everything involved in the adoption process and how we could support those families who were pursuing it. As believers we should be the biggest advocates for and participants in adoption. Not only ...

Ezell: Obeying God’s call to the nations

North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell recounts an adoption story and calls Christians to make God's love known throughout the world. "Because God has been so good to us in Christ, we give all we have to please Him."

Ezell: NAMB-state partnerships remain strong

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- This is the time of year in our Southern Baptist family when our state Baptist convention partners gather for their annual meetings. I have enjoyed being a part of several of these events this year, which always provide a chance to hear about how God is working through our churches and partnerships in North America. It is also a great time to express my gratitude for the partnership ...