Peter Beck

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FIRST-PERSON: Church on Christmas morning? Of course

Not going to church on Christmas morning not only keeps God's people out of church, but it also keeps God's praises off their lips, says columnist and college professor Peter Beck.

FIRST-PERSON: Putting a face on Facebook

CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP)--Just over one year ago I went over to the darkside. I joined the club.

FIRST-PERSON: Make the most of your time

CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP)--1. 24. 1440. 7. 168. 28. 30. 31. 744. 12. 365. 8760. Alone, these numbers are interesting symbols on the page.

FIRST-PERSON: Enjoy the journey

CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP)--Willie Nelson once noted the joys of the journey. He looked forward to being "on the road again."

The generation gap

CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP)--I recently returned from my state Baptist convention. This meeting served as a painful reminder of the generation gap that exists in our convention at both the state and national level.

FIRST-PERSON: The lost members of the church

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Baptists are a peculiar people. We insist that one make a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. We insist that they be baptized before they can join our church. And, yet, some of us insist upon nothing else once they’re members.

FIRST-PERSON: Dining on the Word

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--I love Asian food. From Chinese to Vietnamese, it’s all good. But, Thai food is my favorite. The flavors are exotic and complex. Different tastes intermingle to give your taste buds a rollercoaster ride of culinary delight. Phad Thai, nua nam tok, yum gai, I could eat those things every day of the week. And, some day I may try.

FIRST-PERSON: Getting ready for revival

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--One of the great things about studying history is that God brings to our remembrance the mighty and wonderful things He has done in the past.

FIRST PERSON: Worshipping God with our minds

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Webster’s dictionary defines “theology” as “the study of the religious faith, practice and experience.” Generally speaking, theology is God (theo) talk (logy). We are doing theology when we talk about God.

FIRST-PERSON: I am resolved. Are you?

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Another New Year is upon us. For many of us there have been too many and they have come too quickly. As Christians we understand the idea of new beginnings. In salvation God has given us new life and new hope. We know that we don’t have to wait until Jan. 1 for a second chance to get things right. By the grace of God,