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FIRST-PERSON: Be ready

EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – Today we’re one day closer to the Rapture of the Church.

FIRST-PERSON: Why we’re here

A consultant assisting IBSA with strategic planning recently challenged us with this question: “Why does Illinois need a Southern Baptist brand of disciple?”

FIRST-PERSON: Gather to evangelize

“I created the OASIS because I never felt at home in the real world. I didn’t know how to connect with the people there. I was afraid, for all of my life, right up until I knew it was ending.” James Halliday, creator and kingpin of the OASIS in Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, shaped an entire universe in the digital realm where players could be whoever they wanted to be and do whatever they wanted to do.

FIRST-PERSON: A statement regarding the Baptist Faith & Message and the word ‘pastor’

When the Baptist Faith & Message Study Committee made its report to the 2000 meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, the three of us, Charles S. Kelley, Jr., Richard D. Land, and R. Albert Mohler, Jr., were assigned two particular tasks by the committee and its chairman, Dr. Adrian Rogers.

FIRST-PERSON: 3 easy ways to improve your Sunday announcements

GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) – With my role at the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, I have the blessing of preaching in many different churches. That allows me to see how other churches are doing their services. Some are good, and some are not so good.

FIRST-PERSON: Why Roe is about more than just abortion

NASHVILLE (BP) – In the hours following the historic Dobbs decision, which recognized that the states have the right to make laws regulating the practice of elective abortion, moral panic ensued.

FIRST-PERSON: Confession and cooperation

TIGERVILLE, S.C. (BP) – Southern Baptists have begun a public conversation about the relationship between our confession of faith and our commitment to cooperation.

FIRST-PERSON: Protective services

Shadow Christians are people who work in dimly lit margins, in the shadows created by the spotlight shining on others. They are believers who serve quietly, often anonymously, doing the work that keeps churches, organizations, families, and communities functioning. Shadow Christians make an impact even when no one knows their names.

FIRST-PERSON: Why it’s vital to invest in the women of your church

NASHVILLE (BP) – Most pastors recognize the need to develop and train leaders and volunteers in their churches. In fact, more pastors identify this as a ministry difficulty they face than any other difficulty in ministry.

FIRST-PERSON: No, Sen. Warren, pregnancy resource centers don’t ‘torture’ women

DOTHAN, Ala. (BP) – The rhetoric around the abortion debate is often emotional and polarizing, with pro-life and pro-choice advocates finding little common ground. But historically, efforts to serve women and children – a function faithfully performed by faith-based pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) – has been a thing few would criticize.