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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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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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Moore 'Conscience of the SBC?' Mar 24, 2017

OPINION | Letters to the Editor

Moore 'Conscience of the SBC?'

I believe Russell Moore’s heart is in the right place regarding Muslim mosques.

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Do not repeal the Affordable Care Act Mar 23, 2017

OPINION | Letters to the Editor

Do not repeal the Affordable Care Act

The congressional Republican health care plan will be a disaster for working families. Their plan will...

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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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Politics in pulpits Feb 13, 2017

OPINION | Letters to the Editor

Politics in pulpits

At the February 2nd National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump repeated his campaign promise to “get rid...

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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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A Baptist report card on human trafficking Jan 3, 2017

OPINION | ABN Digest

A Baptist report card on human trafficking

Human trafficking is also a church issue. So, how are Baptists doing on the modern-day...

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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

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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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'God and country' another prosperity gospel Oct 11, 2016

OPINION | ABN Digest

'God and country' another prosperity gospel

The prosperity gospel is fooling a lot of people.

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What ISIS thinks of Christianity Oct 5, 2016

OPINION | ABN Digest

What ISIS thinks of Christianity

On the cover of the latest issue of ISIS’ flashy online magazine, Dabiq, is an image...

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How to respond if your child is told to stop reading their Bible during free time Oct 5, 2016

OPINION | ABN Digest

How to respond if your child is told to stop reading their Bible during free time

Religious freedom and free speech are historical rights and core components of the First Amendment. Schools...

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