Wednesday, 05 October 2011 19:05

Pastor’s Perspective

Written by Mike Chitwood, Cloverdale Baptist Church

The word “peace” may be a strange word to our culture, and even to us. The world we live in is certainly going through some troubling times. You as an individual may ask yourself, “What on earth can I do to make the world a more harmonious place?” Let me encourage you to begin with yourself. After all we have more control over our own behavior than we do anyone or anything else. By changing ourselves we can be an example to our community that we have a choice in how we respond to the chaos around us. In time this can inspire others to make the positive changes they may need to in their own attitudes.

Thursday, 01 September 2011 18:06

“Hyperadjectivity”

Written by Bob Crittendon

Lawmakers in Washington held their noses recently as they voted on legislation raising the debt ceiling, authorizing the U.S. Government to borrow more money in order to meet its obligations. A number of those lawmakers, some of whom were elected in 2010 advocating a message of a more responsible government, contributed to making this a watershed moment - they decided that the nation did not need to borrow more money without cutting spending. As the debate heightened, some advanced the idea of raising taxes to generate more revenue, while others believed that only spending reductions were necessary.

Thursday, 01 September 2011 18:04

Mastering Materialism Part 2

Written by Lou Priolo

Last time we looked at some of the characteristics of materialistic individuals (covetous people who love money and what it can do for them more). This month I would like to consider the dangers and pitfalls associated with the love of money. It is not just the wealthy who are in jeopardy, but the wanna-be wealthy as well.

Thursday, 01 September 2011 17:53

Enough for Retirement?

Written by Dave Ramsey

Question: I’ve heard you tell people that having $90,000 to $100,000 saved up for retirement isn’t enough. That’s what I’ve got set aside right now, and I’m pretty sure it’s all I’ll ever need. Why do you think everyone should have a million or two saved up?

Thursday, 01 September 2011 17:51

Don’t Be a Phony

Written by Dr. Rob Couch

I managed to go through all of high school, earn a degree in English Literature from Auburn University, and complete seminary at Emory University without ever having read The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. About ten years ago I decided to discover why so many have made such a fuss about this book, and I went down to the local bookstore and purchased a copy. Unfortunately, after reading it, I was underwhelmed. The book is basically about a young man named Holden Caulfield who goes about his life complaining about everything and everybody. The number one thing Holden Caulfield complains about, however, has stuck with me. In what seemed like every other sentence Holden Caulfield calls someone a “phony.”

Friday, 05 August 2011 12:25

Mastering Materialism

Written by Lou Priolo

Where in the Bible can we find the word materialism?
“I don’t ever remember coming across that term in my Bible reading. Are you sure it’s in there?”
The concept is in there, but you are right—it’s not referred to as materialism.
“Ok, so what is the biblical word for what we call materialism?”
How about covetousness?

Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance
of the things he possesses. (Luke 12:15, NKJV; C.f. Hebrews 13:5)

Book Reviews

  • Books to Read

    12 Faithful Men:

    Portraits of Courageous Endurance in Pastoral Ministry

     

    12 Faithful Menis a collection of portraits that capture the lives and ministries of godly men, scattered throughout church history. These men come from a variety of backgrounds and have all made significant contributions to the kingdom of God.

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Faith at Work

  • Shawn Cole, Attorney, Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole, and Black

    RRJ:  Growing up in the small town of Hoke’s Bluff, Alabama, what qualities did you gain from your community that led you to be a Christ follower?

     

    Shawn:  My grandparents, specifically my Baptist-preacher grandfather, my youth choir director, and a friend’s mom, influenced me by being loving, genuine Christian examples. They saw a kid who wasn’t perfect, but that knew what perfection in Christ was and they just fed into that. Being in a small town, with people who had good values instilled in them early in life, made loving Jesus much easier than today’s kids have it with so many electronic distractions. We were outside – a lot – soaking in all God had to offer us in nature. It was a simpler time with good, solid, mostly like-minded people.  It was also a community that allowed other parents to hold us accountable when we messed up. Loving Jesus was the norm, not the exception. Also, my parents’ generosity and loving spirits cannot be undervalued in who I am in Christ today.

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