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Columns & Viewpoints


Why should we attend denominational meetings? Apr 13, 2018

OPINION | Columns

Why should we attend denominational meetings?

A few reasons why we should make it a priority to attend the SBC's annual meetings.

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Two amendments: eight counties and eight casinos Apr 12, 2018

OPINION | Across Arkansas Columns

Two amendments: eight counties and eight casinos

Groups in Arkansas are pushing two proposed constitutional amendments to legalize more casino gambling in the...

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Thankfully, I survived the flu. Now what? Apr 5, 2018

OPINION | Columns

Thankfully, I survived the flu. Now what?

I was one of many Arkansans to contract the flu this past winter.

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Hawking, Behar and the theology of the intellect Mar 22, 2018

OPINION | Columns

Hawking, Behar and the theology of the intellect

Two events the past several weeks should remind followers of Jesus Christ that they are residents...

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The blessings of a portable church - McDaniel Mar 9, 2018
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Evangelist Billy Graham by the numbers Mar 9, 2018

OPINION | Columns

Evangelist Billy Graham by the numbers

I’ve attended so many Billy Graham Crusades; I really can’t count them all.

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How Platt leaving IMB impacts SBC missions Feb 21, 2018

OPINION | Columns

How Platt leaving IMB impacts SBC missions

The “heavy lifting” of serving as a denominational leader has claimed one of Southern Baptists’ rising...

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God is moving mightily across Arkansas Feb 8, 2018

OPINION | Columns

God is moving mightily across Arkansas

Attending the annual state evangelism conference, which these days is known as the State Conference on...

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When feminism & faith collide - Sharayah Colter Feb 6, 2018

OPINION | Featured Columns

When feminism & faith collide - Sharayah Colter

It can be difficult, as a Christian woman, to know when the voices demanding something in...

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Is it child abuse to require children to attend church? Jan 31, 2018

OPINION | Columns

Is it child abuse to require children to attend church?

Are parents somehow harming their children by making them go to church?

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Public proclamations of faith by athletes Jan 24, 2018

OPINION | Columns

Public proclamations of faith by athletes

Much has been said and written the past several years about the use of the public...

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God wants to do ‘a new thing’ with our lives Jan 11, 2018

OPINION | Columns

God wants to do ‘a new thing’ with our lives

The message of the prophet Isaiah for Israel in the second part of the book of...

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Football and fractured church ministry Dec 15, 2017

OPINION | Columns

Football and fractured church ministry

If there was still any doubt the world has its priorities all messed up, watching the...

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Annual stewardship checklist Nov 30, 2017
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A legacy of global impact Nov 30, 2017
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A blessed, exciting time! President’s Perspective Nov 30, 2017
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To God be the glory! Past-President’s Perspective Nov 30, 2017
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Christmas traditions: Family Matters Nov 30, 2017
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Seasons change; God’s faithfulness endures Nov 30, 2017
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Seasons change; God’s faithfulness endures Nov 30, 2017

OPINION | Columns

Seasons change; God’s faithfulness endures

Challenges. We would live a boring existence without them.

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WBU: What’s in a name? Nov 15, 2017
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Remembering the legacy of Martin Luther - Answering the Call Nov 15, 2017
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Satisfied - Uncovered Dish Nov 15, 2017
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Baptists Ask Ken Gore Nov 15, 2017
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When an angry heart can destroy your soul Nov 15, 2017
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Russellville FBC: A special place in my heart Nov 2, 2017

OPINION | Columns

Russellville FBC: A special place in my heart

Russellville First Baptist Church – the site of this year’s convention annual meeting – holds a...

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When prayer comes to Las Vegas Oct 23, 2017

OPINION | Columns

When prayer comes to Las Vegas

I don’t know of anyone who was not saddened, completely appalled and moved to prayer following...

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Why don’t we kneel for the unborn? Oct 6, 2017

OPINION | Columns

Why don’t we kneel for the unborn?

At a time when millionaire NFL players kneel during the playing of the national anthem before...

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The mark of a champion Sep 22, 2017

NEWS | Columns

The mark of a champion

Bobby Shows first made a mark on a basketball court playing for Mississippi State University in...

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What is Pastor/Staff Appreciation Month? Sep 19, 2017

OPINION | Columns

What is Pastor/Staff Appreciation Month?

Pastor/Staff Appreciation Month is approaching. Be sure and mark your calendars because it is not pre-printed...

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‘Grace and peace to you’ Sep 19, 2017

OPINION | Columns

‘Grace and peace to you’

ABSC President Sam Roberts recounts his friendship with the pastor of a local AME church in...

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Your state paper: An anchor in our community Sep 7, 2017

OPINION | Columns

Your state paper: An anchor in our community

I have often said when speaking to various groups across the state regarding the importance of...

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Racism – in all its forms – is evil Aug 24, 2017

OPINION | Columns

Racism – in all its forms – is evil

Racism is evil, and its origin is in the depravity of man.

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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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