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Kevin Shrum

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FIRST-PERSON: Suppression of the Truth

NASHVILLE (BP) – It is an understatement to say that we live in a world where truth is struggling. Some speak in ways that would have been foreign to previous generations when truth corresponded to reality.

FIRST-PERSON: The premature death of the SBC?

According to some, especially in the secular media, funeral arrangements are being made for the once lauded Southern Baptist Convention. Mission drift has morphed into personal rancor. Division, distrust and deception seem to be the rule rather than the exception.

FIRST-PERSON: Deconstructing Deconversion

NASHVILLE (BP) – It has happened again. A prominent “Christian” artist has deconverted from the Christian faith. What is happening?

FIRST-PERSON: Outside the castle walls

NASHVILLE (BP) -- When Constantine achieved his remarkable victory over Maxentius’ superior military force on Oct. 28, 312 A.D., at the Milvian Bridge, just outside the walls of Rome, something happened that the Church has been dealing with ever since – the past 1,700 years.

FIRST-PERSON: One church’s COVID-19 story

NASHVILLE (BP) – Over the past several months I have been repeatedly asked, “Are you guys (the church) meeting in person? And, how are you guys doing?” My answer is always the same. Yes, we are meeting for in-person worship. And yes, by God’s grace, we are doing remarkably well.

FIRST-PERSON: An ode to my teacher

Kevin Shrum reflects on his favorite teacher and the impact she had on his life and adds: "Let us pray for our teachers as they embark on what may be one of the most unusual years in their teaching career."

FIRST-PERSON: What evangelism is not

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The Great Commission Resurgence proposals within the Southern Baptist Convention have reminded us of the high priority of evangelism and local/global missions.

FIRST-PERSON: Faith’s role in the public square

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--What is the role of religion in the public square? Some would call for a Christian theocracy. Others would suggest a completely religion-free public square.

FIRST-PERSON: Resurrection: history or hoax?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Let’s begin with some sarcasm. If Dan Brown (author of the "The Da Vinci Code") hadn’t appeared, we poor Christians never would have known the "real story" concerning the life, death and supposed resurrection of Jesus Christ. Here’s the scoop according to Brown and like-minded authors (such as Bart Ehrman, John Dominic Crossan and Elaine Pagels): The real story of Jesus has been cloaked by time, inaccurate history, church conspiracies and secret societies.

FIRST-PERSON: The case for dismissing a congregation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--It has been my privilege to pastor vibrant, lively churches for 25 years. I currently pastor a very loving and active church. Overall, my pastoral experience has been exciting and positive.