BGAV Blog

Mary Buckner: Christmas Service Projects

The holidays are quickly approaching. As you have started to compile your gift list, have you thought about the families of special needs children?

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Ed Jordan: Who’s to Blame for the Murders in Texas?

The news programming and talking heads are all abuzz, trying to place blame on who was responsible for the tragic murders in a Baptist church in Texas on Sunday. Was it the Air Force? Was it guns in general? Was it the NRA? Was it politicians? Why is it that so few are saying that the root cause was sin and evil?

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Via Ethics Daily: 4 Steps Your Church Can Take Now to Shore Up Security

Here are four ideas for small churches to consider putting into place this week to be able to calm parishioners who might be worried.

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Gary Chapman: Hopeful Leadership

My personal preference is to avoid leaders who offer nothing but doom and gloom. Please don't misunderstand me: I don't have my head in the sand. We live in a tough world; ours is a time with a ton of problems. The daily news is seldom good. Even so, I'm easily frustrated by those who seem convinced the cause of Christ is lost. All that's left for us Christians is to play out the string and wait for Christ's return.

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Tony Brooks: Sunday School: Serving Beyond Ourselves

Christians are called to be ambassadors for Christ. How are you moving beyond just giving something to giving yourself?  

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Ed Jordan: Can I be excused?

Most of us lead very busy lives, and we have too much on our plates. How does that happen? Occasionally a boss dumps the work on us, but generally we are the ones who choose to add more agendas into our lives. We often add things that are easy, popular, or we like doing. We tend to avoid doing what takes more discipline or isn’t much fun. There is a well-known statement: People do what they want to do and avoid the things they don’t want to do. We love burgers and fries, but we hate to exercise. We love diversions and enjoyment, but we avoid places like church that require us to face reality. We avoid the truth taught at church, because it convicts us of things we should be giving more attention to in our lives.

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Tony Brooks: Sunday School: Classroom vs. Community

“Teaching is as much about cultivating and nourishing the soil as it is planting the seeds.”

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Ed Jordan: God is Faithful

One of the most wonderful times of our lives was when we lived and worked in Hungary as missionaries. It was not an easy time, since we did not speak Hungarian—one of the hardest languages in the world to learn. But our time there enriched us in so many ways, and we developed wonderful life-long friends. I have been blessed with a wonderful education, including a B.A. from UNR, and Masters and Doctorate graduate degrees. Having successfully served in some very difficult ministry settings, I have also gained decades of life and ministry experience, which has given me a depth of life experience beyond what most people have.

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