Many Christians obsess over making Christianity relevant. But why should Christianity be made relevant, and what would a relevant Christianity look like?
Within quite a few supposedly evangelical churches, we are witnessing the adoption of Catholic and Orthodox aesthetics and liturgical practices even where official allegiance to Catholicism or Orthodoxy is not claimed.
This Easter we are reminded once again that Jesus did not stay in the tomb but is fully alive. And our lives right now are worth the living just because He lives.
The Case for Christ is solid apologetics shared through the heartfelt and compelling story of Lee and Leslie Strobel.
A significant portion of our society, including a large number of professing believers, experience a disconnect when the terms “liberty” and “responsibility” are used together.
God brings trials of various kinds into all our lives, and we are not to be surprised by this.
A pastor shares his thoughts on the tragic double murder of a family in Illinois.
Church membership actually matters and is not only biblical, but practical and pastoral.
Moses took radical action against sin. He understood that sin leads to destruction and death, and he didn’t mess around.
As followers of the living God, we have an obligation to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, and to stand for life.
Any putative gospel that denies justification through faith alone is a false gospel, whatever other elements of truth it may contain.
What is a healthy church? A healthy church is one that maintains its first love.
The real meaning of Christmas is a message of hope flooding a darkened world with marvelous light, healing old wounds, reviving broken dreams, and setting the captives free.
Sunday Christmases bring dilemmas. Christmas is a special day, steeped in family traditions, and we’re not all that accustomed to spending time at church on Christmas Day.
Sometimes the water we are trying to navigate gets a little shallow, doesn’t it? This is the precise time we need to sail into God’s channel of peace.
When we reflect each December day on the gift of God’s Son, we gain a renewed appreciation for the true meaning of the season and we prepare our hearts to celebrate His birth on Christmas Day.
If you are overly joyful or overly disappointed following Tuesday’s election, you have probably put too much stock in a human leader.
The Gospel of Luke gives us a wonderful window into how Jesus changed the world in three short years. Luke shows that prayer played a vital role.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the only hope for humanity’s real problem.
Hostility toward the gospel is nothing new, and our response to it has already been scripted for us and modeled by generation after generation of gospel-servants who have suffered likewise.
We live in a time of unique opportunity when it comes to sharing our faith. But there are other factors that make this a challenging time for evangelism.
The fall of mega-church pastor Perry Noble has stunned the evangelical world and has raised the alcohol issue to the forefront of evangelical discussion yet again.
“I do all things for the sake of the gospel.” So said Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:23. I wonder whether this verse can sustain all the freight that has been loaded onto it over the years.
One of the more frequent retorts that is thrown at Christians is that we are not to judge. Unfortunately, some Christians have picked up on this and are propagating it too.
The recent savage shooting in Orlando has left the nation reeling, stunned by the awful display of cruelty and barbarism. It is fitting and proper, at a time such as this, to “weep with those who weep.”
GARBC National Representative John Greening responds to the allegations regarding Robert T. Ketcham published in “The ABWE and Donn Ketcham Investigations Final Report.”
GARBC National Representative John Greening responds to the recent publication titled, “The ABWE and Donn Ketcham Investigations Final Report.”
A letter to the editor introduces the evangelical as “America’s newest celebrity,” who increasingly is the lead story, the headline, and the main attraction.
Every philosophy rests on certain pillars—certain foundation stones. The gospel is Christianity’s foundation.
Can you imagine the roller coaster of emotions that took the followers of Jesus on a wild ride during His last week?
The death of Christ was not the mere actions of the frenzied mood of misled Jews. Christ’s death was part of God’s purposeful plan.
This morning, terrorists struck the heart of Belgium. Why the cycle of hate and aggression? There are no simple, one-size-fits-all answers. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any answers at all.
Risen is a well-made film that may give opportunity for many gospel-centered conversations to happen among believers and unbelieving friends.
Controversy over Islam is increasing both within American religion and among American political candidates. How are Christians, and especially Baptists, supposed to think about Muslims?
In the debate concerning evolution and the age of the earth, certain arguments I grow tired of hearing. We spend so much time dealing with silly ideas that we cannot move on to the real meat of the issues.
On Dec. 3 the New York Daily News published the headline “God Isn’t Fixing This” in response to the outpouring of prayer support for the victims of the San Bernardino shootings. So how should we think about this from a Biblically informed worldview?
On Nov. 27, a gunman opened fire outside of a Planned Parenthood facility. We need to begin wrapping our minds around what happened and relating it to our walk with Christ in the world.
On the evening of Nov. 13, Islamic terrorists struck at the heart of France. The attacks were as well-orchestrated as they were devastating: armed to …
The Wall Street Journal recently published an article entitled, “How Churches Are Rethinking Sunday School.” The author, Melanie Grayce West, documents how several New York City churches are rethinking …
What does it mean to be male or female? What does the Bible and general human reasoning say about this?
With the recent Hollywood success of War Room as a #1 movie, I see no reason why Woodlawn will not be a huge hit too. The main character, Hank Erwin Jr., is played by Sean Astin, who is best known from his role as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings. Moviegoers will also know him as Rudy in the movie by the same name. Woodlawn has a wonderful storyline with compelling subplots and superb acting.
October is Pastor Appreciation Month. I have received multiple calls asking about the tax treatment of pastor appreciation gifts. I attempt to simplify things as much as possible, even when something has layers of complexity. So if your situation is beyond the following simple, straightforward explanations, always ask more questions.
The scientific community is abuzz this week with the announcement that liquid water has been confirmed on Mars. Of course scientists have long known that water is abundant in our universe (including on Mars), but specific evidence of a stable supply of liquid water has been lacking.
Every pastor has church growth–both spiritual and numerical–on his mind. Pastor Jeriah Shank examines four common elements of churches that experience healthy growth.
A few months ago, my wife and I were privileged to attend a preview screening of War Room, the latest movie produced by the Kendrick brothers (Courageous, Fireproof, & Facing the Giants are some of their other works). The movie opens Friday, August 28th, and I urge you to attend a showing in your community to support the movie.
“These creationists are inadvertently and blindly trusting man’s fallible dating methods for archaeological data.” So says Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis. Who are these blind individuals who have so readily capitulated to modernist scientific categories?
An axiom of the Christian life is, Those who are truly saved will suffer. Living in the here and now means some degree of struggle.
Recently released videos by The Center for Medical Progress have brought to light some of the more egregious atrocities committed by Planned Parenthood in the name of women’s health and medical research.
It was a cold, dark night in Bethlehem when the soldiers came. Methodically and without the slightest trace of pity they marched from house to house ransacking each one.
November 30, 1938. Surrounded by a throng of his fellow countrymen, a triumphant Neville Chamberlain held aloft a historic peace agreement.
By Bernie Augsburger “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your …
2015 GARBC Annual Conference resolution, passed by voting messengers, Same-Sex Marriage.
2015 GARBC Annual Conference resolution, passed by voting messengers, Our Connection to Christ.
2015 GARBC Annual Conference resolution, passed by voting messengers, Discipleship.
With the Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide, supporters of traditional marriage can’t help feeling as though they’ve been punched in the solar plexus.
The greatest danger facing the believer is not future persecution but daily love seduction from the world system.
Governments can use the powerful apparatus of civil censure to force people to behave as if a relationship between two people of the same sex were a marriage. But it is not and it never will be.
When reading books or hearing sermons on parables, you may well encounter some interesting commentary. Too often people approach the Bible’s parables as if they were true accounts.
At least theoretically, we are living in a culture governed by moral relativism. The old codes of right and wrong are no longer seen by the general populace to apply.
The relationship between divine sovereignty and human responsibility (or free moral agency) has long been a fixation for me.
Lent is upon us! For the next 40 days, millions of professing Christians the world over will celebrate this ancient tradition.
By adopting their son, two parents found that they were imitating the glorious actions of our God and Savior, Who marvelously saved us, washed us, rescued us, and adopted us into His family.
The controversy surrounding The Interview is full of mystery and drama. It’s a drama that we can’t just stand by and watch, but should evaluate carefully from a Christian worldview.
Seventeen people died in the terrorist attacks in Paris last Wednesday. How will this affect our ministries in France?
Over the past week, the world has been transfixed on the slaughter of innocents in Paris by Islamic terrorists determined to exact revenge on those who insult their prophet, Muhammad.
With the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the subject of radical Islam has been catapulted into a position of media prominence. This has brought, in …
2006 GARBC Annual Conference resolution, passed by voting messengers, The Integrity of the Biblical Canon.
2006 GARBC Annual Conference resolution, passed by voting messengers, Biblical Preaching and Teaching.
There is no satisfaction on earth as great as that which comes when you get out of your chair and go do something in Christ’s name.
Have you ever wondered how the main characters surrounding the birth of Jesus would tell their version of the Christmas story?
2005 GARBC Annual Conference resolution, passed by voting messengers, Preterism and the Future, Physical Fulfillment of Biblical Prophecies.
Is Sunday School still relevant in churches today?
2005 GARBC Annual Conference resolution, passed by voting messengers, Justification and the New Perspectives on Paul.
2004 GARBC Annual Conference resolution, passed by voting messengers, The Bible and Our Culture
Some pro-choice advocates agree that life begins at conception, but remain pro-choice.
Thoughts on dignity, suicide, and the sanctity of life in the wake of Brittany Maynard’s death.
2004 GARBC Annual Conference resolution, passed by voting messengers, Same-Sex Marriage.
Three reasons why fellowshipping with a church association is beneficial.
Clarifying what is and isn’t at stake in the Houston subpoena issue.
2003 GARBC Annual Conference resolution, passed by voting messengers, Christ’s Leadership.
Organizations often choose names that advertise their purpose or emphasis. The Federal Aviation Administration regulates aviation. The American Automobile Association helps drivers of automobiles. Alcoholics Anonymous is devoted to alcoholics—and anonymity. Names correlate with purposes.
I am convinced that if you trust in something or someone, you already absolutely believe that something or someone is worthy of your trust. Furthermore, your actions will reveal whether or not you truly believe in the object of that trust.
2002 GARBC Annual Conference resolution, passed by voting messengers, Reaction to the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.
2002 GARBC Annual Conference resolution, passed by voting messengers, Our Roots.
2002 GARBC Annual Conference resolution, passed by voting messengers, Child Protection.
2001 GARBC Annual Conference resolution, passed by voting messengers, Challenge for Partnering.
Examining the possible dangers that can flow from idolizing celebrity pastors.
2000 GARBC Annual Conference resolution, passed by voting messengers, Joint Resolution–GARBC & Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Association (FBFA)
In the midst of many rather serious world events being covered in the news media, something that happened in an NFL preseason contest caused a bit of a stir.
2000 GARBC Annual Conference resolution, passed by voting messengers, Tolerance.
Biblical perspectives on suicide, stardom, and substance abuse in the wake of Robin Williams’ tragic death.
1999 GARBC Annual Conference resolution, passed by voting messengers, The GARBC in a Postmodern Era.
What should Christians think about the Israel-Hamas conflict? This post brings historical and theological perspectives to bear on the controversial topic.
1998 GARBC Annual Conference resolution, passed by voting messengers, The Gift of Salvation.
An Iraqi-born Baptist missionary takes a critical look at the treatment of women in Islam and its theological rationale.
1998 GARBC Annual Conference resolution, passed by voting messengers, Integrity and Leadership.
Q. Please comment on the practice in many churches of dedicating infants and children in a church service ceremony. Is there a Biblical basis for …
One of the best things I’ve seen over the past several years in the world of sports took place on Sunday in Oakland. In silent protest to the remarks of Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling, the team walked onto the court, gathered at its center, and removed their team warm-ups to reveal inside-out undershirts.
Current events often have major impact on the ministries of friends and colleagues around the world. Missionary Scott Carter with ABWE in Ukraine writes his perspective on Acts 8:1–4 in light of the political happenings in that country.
Q. Lately some friends have begun attending a church that doesn’t have membership; a person who simply attends is considered a member. Is this right?
A. In the last few decades an increasing number of churches have gone this route, particularly so-called megachurches. The Bible doesn’t specifically use the word member concerning local churches, and I am not going to judge those churches that do not have what we might call formal membership. However, I believe a positive, Biblically harmonious case can be made for it.
Q. Two verses, 1 Samuel 16:7 and 16:12, seem to contradict each other. Please explain.
A. Samuel was to anoint a new king to take the place of wicked King Saul. God instructed Samuel to go to Jesse the Bethlehemite to find a king among his sons. Verse 7 says that the Lord warned Samuel not to evaluate the sons by their looks, “for the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” After God indicated that the sons, one by one, were not whom He had in mind, verse 12 says that there was one son left, “so he sent and brought him [David] in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good looking. And the Lord said, ‘Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!’”
Money matters matter—even at church, because as church leaders we have a God-given responsibility on behalf of God’s people to direct the financial affairs of …
Joel C. Rosenberg Tyndale House, 388 Pages, Hardcover: $26.99, Paper: $15.99, eBook: $15.99 A truly challenging reading as Americans celebrate the country’s independence, this book …
Whit Woodard Faithful Life Publishers, 182 Pages, Paper: $14.99, Kindle: $2.99; Nook: $2.99 Woodard, a Regular Baptist chaplain, gives insight concerning the chaplaincy, emphasizing the …
Ron Rhodes Harvest House, 298 Pages, Paper: $13.99 Here’s a unique way to study the last book of the Bible. Each day contains a Scripture …
Paul W. Chappell Striving Together, 160 Pages, Hardcover: $14.95, Kindle: $7.95 Written in allegory form, the book “will not eliminate your burdens but will show …
Q. Occasionally I hear preachers and others telling us to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” How can this be right or even possible in …
The task of a pastoral search committee in a church isn’t what it used to be. It was never easy, but it seems to be …
President Barack Obama on Thursday praised the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage as a “victory for American democracy” but clashed with his African host …
A petition urging the Obama administration to ban the teaching of creation and intelligent design in U.S. schools was recently filed on the White House …
World News June 21: A substitute teacher believes he was fired because he’s a member of an international religious organization that distributes Bibles. Read more about this and other news.
World News June 18: The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an order that the Department of Justice must respond to a rehearing request regarding the legal status of a German homeschooling family. Read more about this and other news.
World News June 14: Southern Baptists expressed their “opposition to and disappointment in” the membership policy of the Boy Scouts of America. Read more about this and other news.
World News June 11: Two prominent civil rights groups have filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency. Read more about this and other news.
World News June 7: The number of churches that were dismissed from Presbyterian Church (USA) last year has increased by fivefold compared to 2011. Read more about this and other news.
World News June 4: Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are active in seven states responding to damage from floods, tornadoes, and other disasters on the eve of hurricane season. Read more about this and other news.
World News May 31: Most voters don’t approve of the U.S. Justice Department’s investigation of news reporters. Read more about this and other news.
World News May 28: People concerned about the Boy Scouts’ membership policy are seeking alternative groups to join. Read more about this and other news.
World News May 24: Oklahoma Baptist disaster relief workers were in action immediately after the tornado hit. Read more about this and other news.
Voyle A. Glover Kregel Books, $12.99 “Good intentions alone will not stop the physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual damage resulting from just one incident of …