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FIRST-PERSON: Getting to the Edge of Lostness

More than 7,200 people groups remain unreached and more than 3,100 are yet to be engaged with the gospel. Every single day 155,473 people die lost around the world.

FIRST-PERSON: African American churches are finding missionary connections

Often, when African American Southern Baptists picture missionaries, they think about the pictures of missionaries that they’ve seen — and few look like them.

FIRST-PERSON: The prayer assignment

GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) – Southern Baptists believe in prayer. And while most of us readily admit our own prayer lives could improve, we are, nevertheless, a praying people. In June, in Nashville, Southern Baptists took another important step in affirming our dependence upon the power of prayer. We voted to give the SBC Executive Committee the “prayer assignment.”

FIRST-PERSON: 5 ways I witnessed God at work at camp

Last week I spent five days serving as a chaperone with my church at Lifeway’s CentriKid camp. It was my 10-year-old twins’ first experience at camp and one of my first times back since I proposed to my wife at a Lifeway camp around 16 years ago.

FIRST-PERSON: A few words to my fears

JACKSON, Miss. (BP) – Fears crop up from time to time. They co-exist right alongside my faith, like tares among the wheat (Matthew 13:30).

FIRST-PERSON: Why churches need to be multigenerational, and why it’s hard to do

Many churches consist of one primary generation, and that’s not the healthiest church. At the same time, though, growing an intentionally multi-generational church is not easy. Take a look at these reasons to be a multi-generational congregation, and then be aware of why it’s hard to get there.

FIRST-PERSON: Words expose the heart

Have you ever said something and instantly regretted it? We all undoubtedly know the devastating disappointment of hurtful words spoken in uncharitable tones.

FIRST-PERSON: Embarrassment about being a Christian

ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) – Southern Baptist churches, based on our baptism reports, are less and less effective at sharing the Gospel in such a way people receive it and become Christians. The reasons for this vary from church to church, but there are some common problems which span geography, culture and ministry style. A very personal problem limiting evangelistic effectiveness is embarrassment about being a Christian.

FIRST-PERSON: Taking the Gospel everywhere

DULUTH, Ga. (BP) -- In our new Sunday morning normal, people are not in a hurry to rush back to church or eager to throw themselves into large gatherings these days. According to Barna Group research, there is a 32 percent decline in the number of church members attending in-person worship services, which is heartbreaking to say the least.

FIRST-PERSON: After the flood, after COVID

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (BP) – Since COVID-19 came to the U.S., I’ve been obsessed with Noah. Many times during the initial shutdown/quarantines, I have pondered the man on the ark.