BGAV Blog

Deduction for Unreimbursed Employee Expenses Suspended

President Trump signed the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" into law on Dec. 22, 2017. One implication of the legislation impacts church employees related to their ministry-related expenses.

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Joe McDowell: Keeping Goals

I can do all things through him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13 ESV).

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Ed Jordan: Me and My Shadow

One [person] said to the other: “When a man loses his shadow, there ain’t much left of him.” My mind jumped to the implications of this statement as it relates to the importance of integrity and reality in a person’s life. The shadow is normally what shows you the shape of the object casting it or in this sense, the shape of a person’s life. So when a person loses their integrity, there is not much left that's helpful.

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Help More Than Nets Reach Its Goal!

As of January 1, 2018, Virginia Baptists, working alongside indigenous church planters, have assisted in planting 280 churches in Yendi and an additional 168 in nearby locations for a total of 448 new churches. Over 20,000 people have come to know Christ, with more than 10,000 being baptized after completing a six-month study on what it means to be a Christian.

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Dr. Andrea Klimt, Longtime Friend to Virginia Baptists

“Intercultural exchange helps open your perspectives, and the BGAV has benefited from its relationship with Baptists in Austria by experiencing how Christians in another culture live out their faith.”

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Joe McDowell: Constant Challenge and Goal Adjustment

The goals you set for yourself are typically meant to challenge you in some way. They challenge you to complete a task or to grow in some area of your life. The word challenge suggests the idea of competition. A personal goal sets up a competition with yourself. It is often a desired habit against an undesirable one—the new against the old. Maybe even good versus evil! It can surely feel like that at times. I set out to lose weight almost a year ago. I set a weight loss goal, proceeded to change my eating habits, and created some exercise habits.  It wasn’t long before the competition was fierce! Those sweets I wasn’t going to eat were calling my name! The muscles I was exercising were screaming for me to give them a break. Who would win—the old or the new, the good or the evil?

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Toward Racial Reconciliation – Where Is the Church in This?

Following the August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the violent backlash that occurred afterward, Chuck Harrison was troubled by the thought: How will we respond when something like this happens in our area?  

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