2014 Kevin Bumgarner Editorials
Aug 14, 2014
“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Eph. 5:15-17
The Atlantic Monthly is widely credited with being the first to say: “Be careful what you wish for in this world, for if you wish hard enough you are sure to get it.”
Jul 31, 2014
“If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” I John 3:17-18
Near the end of my honeymoon more than 25 years ago, a man claiming to be homeless approached me and my bride asking for money.
Jul 7, 2014
“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Cor. 12:9
I am writing this column because I want more of Christ’s power to rest on me. It has only taken me 47 years to get to a place in my life where I can say that.
Jun 27, 2014
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5
Why could Southern Baptists get only 5,294 messengers to attend this year’s annual meeting in Baltimore?
Jun 5, 2014
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matt. 28:19
On June 10-11, thousands of our denomination’s most dedicated leaders and laity will gather in Baltimore for the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting.
May 22, 2014
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27 NIV
This has been a hard couple of weeks to be proud to be a Southern Baptist.
May 2, 2014
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matt. 6:33-34 ESV
I am given to introspection.
Apr 17, 2014
“And he said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’ ” Luke 10:2
One thing is for sure: If you’ve spent any time in a Southern Baptist church, you know the strong feelings associated with Vacation Bible School. Some churches focus on the program throughout the year, while others haven’t even offered VBS since the church’s long-time volunteer champion left or passed on the reins.
Apr 2, 2014
As I’ve shared with you before, I moved to Florida because I felt God was calling me to join Him on an amazing new journey. Having most recently lived in Hawaii, I’ve heard lots of jokes about me being crazy to leave Paradise.
I have taken the good-natured ribbing in the spirit it was intended; those kidding with me knew I wasn’t coming here for a vacation. But I didn’t come here to take a job, either. I had one of those already, and was doing fine, according to those who are paid to score such things.
Mar 21, 2014
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” Matt. 28:18-20 (NIV)