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Resolutions

I have never been one to make serious resolutions for each new year. I am not opposed to making such resolutions, and I am certainly not cynical about those who make them and seriously try to keep them; I have just never really felt the need to make them. Yet, as we begin the new […] Read More

The average tenure of a Baptist pastor serving in the United States is about 18 months. That number has remained fairly constant for many years now. When we factor in those ministers who stay at churches 10, 15 or 20 years, it becomes fairly obvious that there are some pastors whose tenure is far less […] Read More

Many people regard New Year’s resolutions with the same disdain they attribute to the fruitcake. I am a proponent of both. For several years now, I have made the same New Year’s resolution, and I ask God to help me to keep it: I will take no bitterness into the new year. Whatever has happened […] Read More

While we are thinking about weight-loss resolutions, why not make a few resolutions that will increase the health of your church? Offer the gift of encouragement to your pastor. Go out of your way to affirm your minister when she does something well. Never walk out the front door of the church and say, “Nice sermon […] Read More

Resolve to better supervise others. It is part of a minister’s work. In many ministry settings, this involves keeping up with a couple of part-time employees. While this surely involves keeping up with their performance, it also means keeping up with them: their experience, their ideas, their hopes and dreams for the church. Time invested […] Read More

(RNS) A resolution combating the “vilification of religions” was adopted Tuesday (Nov. 23) by a United Nations committee, but religious freedom advocates who oppose the measure say support for it continues to diminish. The resolution by Islamic countries is scheduled to be considered by the U.N. General Assembly in December. The vote—76 yes, 64 no, […] Read More

I have never been one to make serious resolutions for each new year. Moreover, since 2010 is now nearly two weeks old, I would probably be considered a little late in making any resolutions at this point. I am not opposed to making such resolutions, and I am certainly not cynical about those who make […] Read More

This a resolution was adopted in 1998 by Crosscreek Baptist Church in Pelham, Ala., and delivered to more than 1,400 teachers in Shelby County. It is included in the Baptist Center for Ethics free resource for advocacy and action in support of public education and is published here as an example of how Baptists can […] Read More