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2nd Opinion: When your dreams go up in smoke

2nd Opinion: When your dreams go up in smoke

What do you do when you lose everything? What do you do when your biggest dreams burn up in front of you, when all you’re left with is the ashes?

       
2nd Opinion: A cure for mile-wide and inch-deep religion

2nd Opinion: A cure for mile-wide and inch-deep religion

There is too much shallowness, not enough depth in our church life. People are hungry for a burning zeal to transform their own lives and to make a difference in the world.

       
Guest Commentary: Why the SBC Pastors’ Conference canceled Ben Carson

Commentary: Why the SBC Pastors’ Conference canceled Ben Carson

After several weeks of criticism, organizers of the annual SBC pastor’s conference asked Ben Carson, the renowned neurosurgeon and likely presidential candidate, to step aside as a scheduled speaker, and he agreed. What caused the controversy?

       
Right or Wrong? Signing state marriage licenses

Right or Wrong? Signing state marriage licenses

A growing number of ministers are refusing to sign marriage licenses. What are the pros and cons of this position?

       
Down Home: Grammar, Eleanor & the cycle of life

Down Home: Grammar, Eleanor & the cycle of life

Observing the cycle of life can take your breath away. I watched it revolve 360 degrees in less than 24 hours, and I know I’m blessed.

       
Right or Wrong? Copyright law

Right or Wrong? Copyright law

Our church is compiling a songbook, composed of our members’ favorite hymns. We only plan to use the book for our own congregation’s worship, but one member warned we should be careful about copyright laws. What does “be careful” mean?

       
2nd Opinion: Does Glorieta reveal LifeWay’s ‘lost purpose’?

2nd Opinion: Does Glorieta reveal LifeWay’s ‘lost purpose’?

Jesus said the greatest commandments are to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself. Why is it that LifeWay didn’t apply these commandments when it sold Glorieta for $1 and didn’t give my wife and me a fair-market value for our home?

       
Guest Editorial: The growing challenge of church attendance

Guest Editorial: The growing challenge of church attendance

Some churches are realizing very active and loyal people are attending church much less frequently than before. As a result, average weekly attendance is in serious decline.

       
Down Home: Playing trains inside an expansive imagination

Down Home: Playing trains inside an expansive imagination

Every now and then, I imagine I’d be a better granddad if I had a broader range of skills. Like, for example, engineering.

       
2nd Opinion: We should worry when millennials don’t take religion seriously

2nd Opinion: We should worry when millennials dismiss religion

I’m a secular baby boomer myself, but I worry secularism has led many of my generation, and even more millennials, to discount religion’s influence in ways that could prove dangerous.

       
Right or Wrong: Leadership and ‘followship’

Right or Wrong: Leadership and ‘followship’

How can we tell if our church suffers from poor leadership or poor “followship?”

       
2nd Opinion: Guarded, but joyful, anticipation for Glorieta

2nd Opinion: Guarded, but joyful, anticipation for Glorieta

Visiting the new Glorieta, many of our great memories of the place were sustained, energized by a fresh surge of youthful excitement from the staff. In the end, we were reassured about Glorieta’s spiritual mission.

       
nd Opinion: Premature predictions of evangelical concessions on LGBT

2nd Opinion: Premature predictions of evangelical concessions on LGBT

To hear some commentators talk, debates on LGBT issues are over and conservatives have lost. But such predictions are premature.

       
Down Home: Thank God for the infernal Internet

Down Home: Thank God for the infernal Internet

Technology and I have a love/hate relationship. Lately, in a dramatic shift in fortunes, the love side seems to be winning.

       
Right or Wrong? Downsizing

Right or Wrong? Downsizing

Some restaurants are downsizing their menus. Can the church learn something from them?

       
 
 
 
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