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What does it mean to “accept Christ”? What are we asking a person to do? Traditionally, this has involved believing as true certain things about Jesus: that he is the Son of God and, thus, divine himself; that he was born of a virgin; that he died on the cross for our sins and was […] Read More

Conversion is the central ethical message of Jesus and lies at the heart of evangelical faith and experience. For some, conversion is a slow, lifelong movement of the heart and will toward God. For others, it is a single dramatic experience, a sudden realignment of the self as the Apostle Paul experienced on the Damascus […] 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

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. Psalm 30:1-12; Acts 9:1-20 Let’s start today with a definition. The word we want to define is normal. The word is an adjective and means, “conforming with or constituting a norm or standard or level or type or social norm; being approximately […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on August 5, 2012. Acts 10:1-23 Morning Prayer: O Lord, through your son, Jesus, you did open your arms to welcome and to bless children.  At the beginning of this school year, we ask a blessing again for each child in the community […] Read More

BOSTON (RNS) Like a lot of other people in the haze and confusion of the 9/11 attacks, Johannah Segarich asked herself: “What kind of religion is this that could inspire people to do this?” She had studied other religions, but never Islam. So she bought a copy of the Quran, wondering if her notions of […] Read More

In reading the ninth chapter of the book of Acts, I am struck by the words in the first verse that describe Saul’s (soon to be, but not yet Paul’s) demeanor. He is “still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord.” Before his encounter with Christ, he is a man driven by […] Read More

Converting Muslims to Christianity is not the key to stability in Iraq, converting American Christians to Christianity is. Before Christmas, the blogosphere drew attention to a Republican congressman who said that converting Iraqi Muslims to Christianity was the key to ending the violent chaos in that country. The offline Concord Standard and Mount Pleasant Times […] Read More

A trial of a man facing possible execution for converting to Christianity is being viewed as a test case for Afghanistan’s new Constitution and fledgling democratic government. According to reports, Abdul Rahman, 42, grew up as a Muslim in Afghanistan but converted to Christianity about 16 years ago while working with a Christian group that […] Read More

Yard Dogs

Terry Billings is one of those fellows who has never done anything part way. He is known as a “full speed ahead” kind of man. He is this way about his business–meat processing and restaurant. He is this way about his family. And since last summer, when he became a follower of Jesus, he has […] Read More