2014 Kevin Bumgarner Editorials
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)
Mar 6, 2014
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.” Phil. 1:21-24 (NIV)
A little more than a decade ago, two missionary friends of mine died from unrelated illnesses within a few months of each other. These were heartbreaking losses for those of us left behind: How could they be taken in the primes of their lives while doing exactly what God wanted them to be doing?
Feb 20, 2014
"The Lord said to Abram: Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.” Gen. 12:1 (HCSB)
We sometimes forget what it’s like to be the newcomer.