Thursday, 01 May 2014 16:51

Fixed Annuities and Debt Consolidation


Q. I want to roll over a 401(k), and my bank is encouraging me to roll it over to fixed annuities. Is this a good investment?


Published in Dave Ramsey Says
Thursday, 01 May 2014 16:47

To Speak or Not to Speak


King Solomon said, “There is. . . a time to keep silent  and a time to speak” (Ecclesiastes 3:7b). Do you know the time and circumstance for each option? 


Published in Counselors Corner
Thursday, 01 May 2014 16:44

Marital Temptation and “The Tingles”


Covenant Family Ministries has a heart for military families.  We’ve never forgotten the challenges that a military family faces--months of separation, frequent moves, living far from family and friends, and dealing with the stress from performing dangerous training and missions on a regular basis. 




Linnie Dickson grew up with parents who were World War II veterans determined to give their kids a better life. Working long hours eventually allowed them to move from public housing to an upscale neighborhood, but financial success did not bring the happiness they thought it would.  Instead, the pursuit of the American Dream, and the mounting pressure for more, eventually led to a broken family.


Published in Articles
Thursday, 01 May 2014 16:24

Living as a Boundary Pioneer


There has been debate about the compatibility of faith and science. If anyone perceives that there are relatively few Christian believers working in the scientific fields, then a new survey conducted by sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund and her colleagues at Rice University and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) might call for a rethinking of that position.  Christianity Today reported on the results of the survey of more than 10,000 people, including 574 self-identified as scientists, who responded to a 75-question survey. Among the scientists, 17 percent said the term “evangelical” describes them “somewhat” or “very well,” compared to 23 percent of all respondents.


Published in Bob Crittendon
Thursday, 01 May 2014 15:33

Bruno Resende, FCM Soccer Club


RRJ: Where are you from originally and how did you end up in the River Region?


I came to Montgomery from Brazil in 2001 as a transfer college soccer athlete during my sophomore year. I came from a city of around four million people in the Southeast part of Brazil, the business center of the country. It was not too hard for me to adapt to Montgomery because of the Southern hospitality and all the great friends I made here.


Published in Faith @ Work




Recently, my son (age 2) looked up at his big sister (age 5) sitting on the bathroom counter next to the sink, raised his little arms and said confidently, “Jump my arms! My catch wu!” [Let the reader be aware that my son says “wu” instead of “you.”] When my daughter laughed and told her little brother that she was too big, he insisted confidently, “Wu not too big. My can catch wu!”


Published in Articles
Thursday, 01 May 2014 15:07

Wade In!


Isaiah 41:10: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”


Last month, Easter weekend in fact, our teenaged daughter found a photo from when she was barely two years old.  It shows Annie, as a sweet little toddler, cautiously wading into the surf with her daddy by her side, watching over her.  Daddy looks sure and strong, while Annie seems cautious but determined--stepping into something new with great excitement because she knew she was protected.  She knew her father was right there, every step of the way.


Published in Shine - Kim Hendrix
Thursday, 01 May 2014 14:59

Evolution and Christianity


I am neither a biologist nor a theologian. But I know enough science and enough theology to be worried about the ways in which American Christians tend to think and talk about biological evolution. Many well-meaning believers have embraced three false ideas that have needlessly damaged the reputation of the Church and, with it, the advancement of the Gospel. In this column, I’ll address two of those ideas. Next month, I’ll talk about the third, and I’ll also argue that evolution causes (or should cause) much bigger problems for atheists than it does for Christians.


Published in Matthew Jordan
Thursday, 01 May 2014 14:55

True Beauty


Over the past few years I have found myself thinking often about beauty. I suppose my interest in the subject may relate to the fact that I am the father of two girls. Though they are still young, they are already being exposed to so many messages about the importance of beauty and the kind of beauty society expects from them. They already know they will be judged on the basis of it. For this reason I want to equip them with a knowledge of what the Bible says about beauty. But what does it say? What should I be teaching them?


Published in Tim Challies
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