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NEWS FLASH: CHILI IS HOT

April 26, 2017

By Lonnie Wilkey Editor, Baptist and Reflector I am always amused when I read stories about people who get upset over the consequences of something they caused. Most people probably have heard about the lawsuit McDonald’s faced years ago when a customer spilled coffee on herself. If I remember correctly, she won the case. Just […]

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PASTOR: NINE STEPS TO RECOVERING YOUR JOY

April 19, 2017

By Randy C. Davis TBMB Executive Director It’s right there in the red letters:  “That my joy may be in you …” This is a statement of fact made by Jesus Himself, and yet I’ve encountered so many pastors who haven’t experienced joy in a long time. The man behind the pulpit carries both pastoral […]

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KEEP YOUTH SPORTS IN PROPER PERSPECTIVE

April 18, 2017

By Lonnie Wilkey Editor, Baptist and Reflector A few years ago I was umpiring a high school baseball game in Nashville. The home team’s catcher was really good — strong arm, could hit with power. He had the tools to play college baseball and perhaps even professionally. Between innings we engaged in a brief conversation […]

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SYMBOLS OF EASTER

April 10, 2017

By Carolyn Tomlin Contributing Writer, B&R Passing a shop filled with Easter gifts, I noticed cuddly lambs, soft yellow chicks, and other baby animals in pastel shades. Nearby, the traditional Easter lilies filled the air with their distinct aromatic scent. Across the street, a bakery displayed hot-cross buns and pretzels focusing on the Easter season. […]

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EASTER: THREE COMMANDS FROM AN EMPTY TOMB

April 7, 2017

By Steve Gaines SBC President & Pastor, Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Go […]

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CELEBRATE, SUPPORT THE COOPERATIVE PROGRAM

April 6, 2017

Jason Allen President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Mo. The Cooperative Program ought not be a sacred cow, but it is close to one for me. Begun by Southern Baptists nearly a century ago, it has proven to be a most effective and enduring way to support our collective ministry and missions work. I […]

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MINISTRY WITH PHYLLIS

April 6, 2017

By James Porch My season of ministry with Phyllis Bates (18 years) was a continued learning experience. The “classroom settings” included day-by-day office agenda and hours of preparation for annual meetings and numerous committee meetings, accompanied by her ever present wisdom during the many occasions of interruptions. I cannot overplay Phyllis’s initiative of insight with […]

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WELCOME, UTILIZE THE OLDER GENERATION

April 5, 2017

By Lonnie Wilkey Editor, Baptist and Reflector Johnnie Godwin has been writing a column for the Baptist and Reflector since 2003. I knew of  Johnnie long before he sent that first column to me for consideration but did not really know him. Over the course of time Johnnie has become a dear friend and mentor. […]

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LIFE POINTS: TRAINING WHEELS TO WHEELCHAIRS

April 4, 2017

By Johnnie Godwin Contributing Columnist, B&R I’m not easily irked, nor am I easily jerked around. Yet, there are two types of ad questions that irritate my soul. One of those questions is this: “Will you outlive your money?” The other question asks, “Will you live to be 80?” Both questions are out to get […]

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MONEY, NOT MORALITY, RULES

March 31, 2017

By Lonnie Wilkey Editor, Baptist and Reflector If there was any doubt what’s most important to Americans, legislators in North Carolina cleared it up. On March 30 North Carolina legislators repealed House Bill 2, a law that required individuals in state buildings to use restrooms corresponding to the gender indicated on their birth certificates. See […]

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PREPARING A YOUTH BIBLE STUDY THAT IMPACTS LIVES

March 28, 2017

By Bruce Edwards Youth Ministry Specialist, TBMB Preparing to teach youth Bible study is a great responsibility and privilege! I think the time we spend in preparation to teach teenagers is the most important part of any Bible study lesson. We must teach out of the overflow of what God teaches us in the preparation. […]

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CHURCH INSURANCE TIPS

March 27, 2017

By Mark LeMay Facilities/Support Services Manager, TBMB Risk management is a crucial issue if we are to be the best stewards for the cause of Christ. Here are four tips to help you be more aware of risks and make good decisions about insurance coverage in the local church. (1) Have a good working relationship […]

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