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FIRST-PERSON: Loving others like Jesus loves

NASHVILLE (BP) – We need a Great Commandment revival.

FIRST-PERSON: Lighting an evangelistic passion in any church

AUSTIN, Texas (BP) -- My first pastorate, on a back road through the tobacco fields of Kentucky, had a church building with room for about 12 pews, four Sunday School classrooms and an old graveyard beside the church. 

FIRST-PERSON: What problems reveal about God

EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – Throughout Scripture we read of individuals discovering new dimensions of God’s faithfulness and character in the midst of their trials. That doesn’t mean they never questioned “Why?”

FIRST-PERSON: Canadian authorities needlessly escalate conflict over COVID-19 and religion

By now the situation involving Pastor James Coates and GraceLife Church, which is just outside the city of Edmonton, Alberta, has gained the attention of many evangelicals in both Canada and the United States.

FIRST-PERSON: Let me ask one question

BENTON, Ill. (BP) – I left the deacons meeting one proud pastor. It had been a tiring Sunday evening filled with meetings and preaching. However, I went home greatly encouraged by how God was at work using our leaders.

FIRST-PERSON: Telling and celebrating what God is doing

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Easter 2021 reports from churches and pastors across the country have been very encouraging. Even my own experience this past weekend is worth telling and celebrating.

FIRST-PERSON: Family worship isn’t always easy. But it’s worth it.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) – It was a typical evening and our family had just finished dinner. Before the kiddos could run off and play, we stayed around the table to do family worship together. The kids – 5, 3, and 1 – were wiggly and struggling to pay attention. Next came distractions and silly noises. We even had to hit pause to address some disobedience by our 3-year-old.

FIRST-PERSON: Why arguing online rarely works

CARY, N.C. (BP) – Have you ever been tempted to jump into an online comment section and take someone to task? The impulse to argue online is a common experience among internet users, and the amount of time average Americans spend online is only going up. That means the opportunities for digital dust-ups are rising.

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: It is the glory of God to conceal things

CENTRAL ASIA (BP) – My friend Henry* was an interesting mix of driving ambition, inspired by Western ideals, and Central Asian relational energy. He radiated positive energy that motivated others. I was encouraged when I found out he was studying Scripture with my teammate. He seemed close to the kingdom in many ways, and yet […]