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FIRST PERSON: Cooperative Program plays key role in preparing seminarians for ministry

I believe I will always remember two phone calls from pastors who were Baptist, but not Southern Baptist. They were both desperately trying to receive the benefit of a high-quality theological education at the reduced rate received by Southern Baptists. One of them asked, “Is there anything they can do to extend that discounted rate […]

FIRST-PERSON: Never forgotten

EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – When companies decide where in the world to market their products, they want to get “the most bang for their buck.” Right now, that means China: 1.4 billion people with rising levels of discretionary income.

FIRST-PERSON: How a bad joke helped me guard my heart

WAYCROSS, Ga. (BP) – As a child, I would visit my great aunt, who lived in a nursing home. When I entered the building, I was greeted by a resident who spent his days sitting by the front door. When he saw someone enter, he would shout, “I bet I know where you got your […]

FIRST-PERSON: Don’t overlook the significance of Pastor Appreciation Month

GRADY COUNTY, Ga. (BP) -- October is Pastor Appreciation Month and with all the assigned themes and designations to other months and special days, I pray we do not miss or overlook the significance of this month. I do not want to give you a gift suggestion list but rather some ways in which church and congregation can benefit your pastor and his family all year long.

FIRST-PERSON: What’s next for the ERLC?

NASHVILLE (BP) – What’s next for the ERLC? Many people have asked us this question, and rightly so. We’ve undergone a substantial amount of change and transition in the last few months, and some have wondered about what lies ahead for our organization. Let me assure you: the path ahead is clear, and our commitment […]

FIRST-PERSON: Giving through the Cooperative Program fuels the mission

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Every Sunday, I find joy knowing that a portion of our tithe is headed to the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention. As our family gives, we are not only being obedient by helping to meet the needs of our church family, but we are also making a Gospel impact in our state, nation and the world. 

FIRST-PERSON: Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work

I can say to you truly as Chairman and Executive Committee, I'd like to really express my relief that this present challenge seems to be behind us. Also, I want to express sorrow over the conduct that we have displayed as Southern Baptists over the course of this absolutely necessary deliberative process.

FIRST-PERSON: 25 ways to honor your pastor

This year has been a tough year for pastors and church leaders. The pandemic has changed almost everything we do, but pastors have pivoted quickly and worked hard to make adjustments. If ever they have earned appreciation, it’s this year. Here are some ways to show your gratitude during this Pastor Appreciation Month:

An Open Letter to All Southern Baptists

When I arrived in Nashville to serve the Lord and our Baptist Family on Monday, May, 20, 2019, I did so with a strong vision and passion to inspire a renewed sense of cooperation, all for the sake of reaching a world that was, and is now, in desperate need of knowing Jesus Christ.

FIRST-PERSON: Beauty is the extravagance that makes us human

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (RNS) – A first edition of Mary Shelley's 1818 novel "Frankenstein" sold at auction for $1.17 million earlier this month, setting a record for the highest price ever paid for a work published by a woman.