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Author Joe LaGuardia

It pays to be spiritual. That is the conclusion reached by researchers Tony Schwartz and Christine Porath. In an opinion piece in the Sunday Review of the New York Times, they outlined factors that benefit or hinder employee productivity. At first glance, the numbers are dismal: A majority of workers in the United States and […] Read More

Churches across the world recently celebrated Pentecost, affirming God’s salvation and call “upon all flesh,” a calling whereby “your sons and your daughters shall prophesy … even upon my slaves, both men and women” (see Acts 2:17,18). For me, Pentecost was profoundly significant because 2014 also marks the 50th anniversary of the ordination of Addie […] Read More

When Jesus told his disciples in the gospel of John that he was the “bread of life,” it meant that he would nourish people physically and spiritually. Jesus used food and fellowship to fill the empty stomachs of the poor around him, even those individuals who were outcasts because of sin (see Luke 15:1-2).  He […] Read More

A friend of mine lives right down the street from her mother. They have a good relationship, and they’ve become closer since the woman’s father passed away a few years ago. Without him around anymore, though, the mother is demanding more of her time. My friend loves her mother, but she is getting frustrated with […] Read More

An old adage suggests that the best way to measure church growth is by assessing the “three big Bs”: bodies-in-pews, budgets and buildings. Baptists of all sorts, however, have called this perspective into question. Kevin Ezell of the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board stated that this adage is antiquated and may have to […] Read More

The new year is an opportunity to make resolutions. Perhaps for many of us, however, resolutions may not be enough. We may need an actual conversion experience. There is a fourth-century story told of two monks in the Egyptian desert in which one monk came to the other for advice. “Father Joseph,” the monk said, […] Read More

Protestants emphasize the priesthood of all believers, the notion that we are all called to be a “royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9), but do we practice being “priests” in our daily lives? When it comes to priests in God’s kingdom, perhaps we need to rediscover the basic functions priests had in biblical times.  I’ve been […] Read More

Luanne poured another round of sweet tea as she told me about how caring for her mother affected her as a caregiver. When she placed the pitcher on the coffee table and settled back into her seat, I saw shadows under her eyes. The exhaustion was mounting, and the burdens felt by so many caregivers […] Read More

Some economists are concerned about lost revenues during the holiday shopping season, and many others contend with the new healthcare laws. Meanwhile, a silent population of Americans – namely the 28 percent who provide care to loved ones – suffers from economic and spiritual hardships that go largely unnoticed. For more than 10 years, I […] Read More

Speaking to a group of Baptists at a recent Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia general assembly, George Mason, pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, challenged churchgoers to engage in social justice ministries that help the poor, empower the oppressed and bring healing to the brokenhearted. One of the more profound things he said was […] Read More