FIRST-PERSON: Picking a president

Guest Article: Jim Richards

Guest article from Jim Richards, executive director of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) — In this presidential election year, no candidate (even the one I like) is going to bring revival to the churches. No president will be in the forefront of evangelism even if he is a committed believer in Christ. […]

Beyond Giving Tuesday

For Christmas shoppers, Black Friday has become almost an annual ritual. The doors open early — not just on Black Friday but on Thanksgiving night — which is ridiculous. People who work at these stores deserve some time off. Thanksgiving is one such day of respite. Cyber Monday is a relatively new sales promotion. The […]

Praying for Our Missionaries, Giving to Missions

During the past several weeks, Southern Baptists have learned that the International Mission Board is facing especially challenging times as it seeks to deal with stark financial realities.  As part of the path forward, the IMB has offered to many employees the option to accept a VRI (“voluntary retirement incentive”) that will have perhaps hundreds […]

My Pledge to You!

I believe in a decision of rededication of one’s life to Christ. I have preached that conviction throughout my pastoral ministry. Several times in public worship services, I have publicly rededicated my life to Christ. Recently, while on a missions trip to various places in Europe, I had another such experience. It was a quiet, […]