By: Lee Spitzer Anti-Semitism. Racial prejudice and violence. Welcoming refugees from a minority religious background. Baptists throughout the U.S. wrestled with all of them during the 1930s and '40s as Hitler rose to power.
By: Eileen Campbell-Reed It is something most ministers want. And it can feel impossible to find. Yet seeking pastoral wisdom is vital for the work of the church and for leading people of faith. A mentor can help with your journey.
By: David Draper Genuine Christian friends can help us to be honest about those personal demons we all face but to which we rarely admit. If you have friends like that, wonderful. If not, begin slowly to open up. We need each other.
By: Trevor Barton Junior couldn't do a lot of things. Couldn't read. Couldn't sign his name. Couldn't tell time even though he loved his watches. But he did know about life. He knew more about life than many highly educated folks.
By: Zach Dawes We're a divided society, with each side not listening to the other. But to advance the common good, we must work with others who think differently than we do. After all, if Gimli and Legolas can do it, so can we.
By: Griff Martin To see the importance of friendship is to acknowledge one of the deepest and most sacred places in our lives. Sadly, many adults miss out on the blessing of having a best friend. Who's yours?
By: Mitch Carnell So many folks make our lives worth living, yet we rarely thank them. Despite our best intentions, time passes and we don't say a word. What makes it so hard for us to tell others how much we care?
By: Bob Newell Those who vociferously bemoan the disastrous decline in what was once considered polite, civil discourse might well spend a few well-chosen words of grief over the corruption of common communication.
Good friends are friends at all times. You let a tragedy strike – I can’t tell you how many times someone has said to me, “Pastor, because of this I found out who my true friends are.” Sin, embarrassment, discouragement, shame – and watch the people run. But those who are our true friends stay by our side. Good times and bad times. Joy and sorrow. Riches or poverty. Sinlessness or shame.
[Jesus]knew the days ahead were filled with risks and challenges. So, what did he need in order to face this struggle? He needed the support and encouragement of his closest friends, and Mary provided them in a way no one else did or was going to do. She saw the worried look on his face and sensed the heavy burden he was bearing. This was not why she was content to pour just a portion of the perfume on his feet, but all of it. Her offering had to match his burden, and it did. There is nothing like the sweet scent of gratitude and encouragement. It fills a heart with all that is good and wholesome and strengthens it for the long and winding road.
"The King's Speech" and "The Social Network" are parables about friendship. One is about two men at opposite ends of the social spectrum who become friends; the other about two friends pulled apart by envy.
What made this visit unique was something Mary did at this dinner given in Jesus’ honor. She poured expensive perfume, worth a year’s wages, on his feet and wiped them with her hair. Quickly, the room was filled with the sweet scent of friendship and the sour odor of criticism.
Whatever a child places in the sack becomes the object lesson for the children’s sermon at First Baptist in Fitzgerald, Ga. One Sunday the sack held toy binoculars and a plastic dagger. What would you say?