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Columns & Viewpoints

This page includes current and past ABN columns - published in the print edition and online exclusives - as well as viewpoints from a variety of authors. Opinions expressed are that of the author and are not necessarily an endorsement.
Iceland embraces infanticide and eugenics Aug 18, 2017

OPINION | Columns

Iceland embraces infanticide and eugenics

Iceland is emblematic of what is happening to Down syndrome children across the globe. The rates...

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Whatever happened to the Brotherhood Commission? Aug 17, 2017

OPINION | Columns

Whatever happened to the Brotherhood Commission?

On July 29 at Germantown Baptist Church near Memphis, Tenn., there was a gathering of people...

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The sad, simple case of Eugene Peterson Aug 2, 2017

OPINION | Columns

The sad, simple case of Eugene Peterson

Unless you’ve spent the past week in total isolation, you are aware of the brouhaha created...

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Racism and the SBC: shameful past, hopeful future Jul 21, 2017

OPINION | Columns

Racism and the SBC: shameful past, hopeful future

In a July 17 op-ed published in the New York Times titled, “Why I’m Leaving the...

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Why don’t we take the time to read the Bible? Jul 14, 2017

OPINION | Columns

Why don’t we take the time to read the Bible?

Earlier this year LifeWay Research released findings from a study of how Americans view the Bible.

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July Fourth and the fading ‘American Miracle’ Jun 27, 2017

OPINION | Columns

July Fourth and the fading ‘American Miracle’

I have been on a reading tear of late, and while my interests have varied broadly...

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Advocacy journalism in an era of ‘fake news’ Jun 20, 2017

OPINION | Columns

Advocacy journalism in an era of ‘fake news’

When I was in journalism school at Murray (Ky.) State University, there was no such term...

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When floodwaters rise, we look to God ... and DR Jun 2, 2017

OPINION | Columns

When floodwaters rise, we look to God ... and DR

Not long after our family moved across the country to Georgia in 2002, where I was...

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The SBC and the crisis of identity May 18, 2017

OPINION | Columns

The SBC and the crisis of identity

Interesting conversations abound when a bunch of Baptist communicators get together.

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Why you should attend the SBC Annual Meeting May 4, 2017

OPINION | Columns

Why you should attend the SBC Annual Meeting

The first annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) I attended was in Atlanta in...

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Why many want to die ‘doing life their way’ Apr 6, 2017

OPINION | Columns

Why many want to die ‘doing life their way’

I enjoy reading travel blogs and learning about the adventurous folks who author them.

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The Church and the rise of modern liberalism Mar 24, 2017

OPINION | Columns

The Church and the rise of modern liberalism

I believe our country has been in what I call “a metamorphosis of liberalism” for much...

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Technology and the sin of distraction Mar 9, 2017

OPINION | Columns

Technology and the sin of distraction

My guess is most of you reading this column didn’t grow up with computers, smartphones and...

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Responding to lawlessness of our age Mar 9, 2017

OPINION | Columns

Responding to lawlessness of our age

All Americans should be very concerned that activist judges have taken it on themselves to legislate...

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Common sense takes center stage in Washington Feb 9, 2017

OPINION | Columns

Common sense takes center stage in Washington

Headline: “Common sense takes center stage in the Washington; liberals go crazy!”

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How a funeral helps us consider life Dec 21, 2016

OPINION | Columns

How a funeral helps us consider life

Pressing On column by Tim Yarbrough

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It’s all about purpose Dec 8, 2016

OPINION | Columns

It’s all about purpose

Too many people meander through life without purpose or direction.

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The year of living thankfully Nov 24, 2016

OPINION | Columns ABN Digest

The year of living thankfully

This essay is part of a column called The Wisdom Project by David Allan, editorial director...

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What Trump’s election means for Christians Nov 17, 2016

OPINION | Columns

What Trump’s election means for Christians

The election of Donald J. Trump as our nation’s 45th president is largely without precedent in...

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After election: The Christian response - Steve Gaines Nov 11, 2016

OPINION | Columns

After election: The Christian response - Steve Gaines

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- Today Americans have a new president -- Donald J. Trump. As Christians,...

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Christians should vote on Nov. 8, says SBC president Nov 8, 2016

OPINION | Columns ABN Digest

Christians should vote on Nov. 8, says SBC president

Vote and pray on Nov. 8. In other words, "Render to Caesar the things that are...

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Here she is ... 115 years strong Nov 3, 2016

OPINION | Columns

Here she is ... 115 years strong

Here she is. Your state Baptist newspaper.

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Leading kids to Christ - Jason Allen Oct 27, 2016

OPINION | Columns

Leading kids to Christ - Jason Allen

My greatest stewardship in life is not training a generation of students as a seminary president....

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Is the 2016 election God’s judgment on America? Oct 20, 2016

OPINION | Columns

Is the 2016 election God’s judgment on America?

The 2016 presidential election has been one of the most divisive in our nation’s history.

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Should Christians vote for Trump? Oct 15, 2016

OPINION | Columns

Should Christians vote for Trump?

"We’re living in strange times. America is in trouble," says Eric Metaxas, author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor,...

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Stand up and vote your faith in November Oct 12, 2016

OPINION | Columns

Stand up and vote your faith in November

And the two-party political system in our country doesn’t allow for a lot of options when...

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How to respond when your nation ‘takes a knee’ Sep 22, 2016

OPINION | Columns

How to respond when your nation ‘takes a knee’

Just when we thought it was safe to turn on our TV sets and watch some...

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A five-year strategic plan impacts mission of Christ Aug 24, 2016

OPINION | Columns

A five-year strategic plan impacts mission of Christ

I wasn’t looking for a job in the fall of 2010 when I met with the...

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Cooperation makes an eternal difference Aug 24, 2016

OPINION | Columns

Cooperation makes an eternal difference

A mid the busyness of life and ministry sometimes it’s hard just to sit still and...

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‘Lawlessness will be increased’ Aug 24, 2016

OPINION | Columns

‘Lawlessness will be increased’

​And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold” (Matt. 24:12, ESV).

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