Steve Willis

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FIRST-PERSON: Juneteenth: How can they hear unless someone is sent?

MUFREESBORO, Tenn. (BP) – On Jan. 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, officially granting freedom to slaves in all southern states who had proclaimed secession from the Union.

Who was the guy at the piano during the Bush funeral?

KENOVA, W.Va. (BP) -- As millions tuned in for President George H.W. Bush's funeral, one element of the service didn't quite fit with the formalism of the ceremony. Sandwiched between Baroque preludes and orchestral hymns was a Grammy-winning singer with a slight Appalachian twang. As evangelical mainstay Michael W. Smith sat at a piano and performed an emotional rendition of his timeless song "Friends," one of the hottest online questions asked around the globe was, "Where did this guy come from?"

FIRST-PERSON: On gay marriage, don’t follow the mob

Columnist Steve Willis says the country's apparent embrace of gay marriage in only a few years can be explained only by "groupthink."

FIRST-PERSON: Antibiotics & our future

Southern Baptist pastor Steve Willis, author of "Winning the Food Fight," warns of ties between Americans' meat-driven diet and the overuse of manmade antibiotics in animals.

FOOD: Unhealthy habits put us in a ‘conundrum’

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (BP) -- Although many like to joke about overeating and the rich fare at most church potlucks, the toll I had witnessed in our suburban congregation shook me to the core. Our people were literally dying.

FIRST-PERSON: A visitor’s piercing question

A visiting pastor from Africa comments to his host pastor in America: "We've been here two weeks and we eat three or four times every day. When do you take the time to fast?"