Latest Articles by KEVIN BUMGARNER
Oct 8, 2014
“Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No,’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” Matt. 5:37
Two months ago, very few people had ever heard of tiny Bethel Baptist Church in Lake Wales.
Sep 25, 2014
“First of all, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” I Timothy 2:1-2
Has there ever been a more relevant time to apply the truths found in I Timothy to the daily disciplines of our 21st century Christian lives?
Sep 17, 2014
Musician and actor Alan Powell is a preacher’s kid with Florida ties who is playing the lead role in the upcoming film “The Song,” which is being released on Sept. 26. His father is Richard Powell, lead pastor of McGregor Baptist Church in Fort Myers. Florida Baptist Witness Executive Editor Kevin Bumgarner caught up with the younger Powell to talk with him about the film, his future and how God is working in his life.
Sep 11, 2014
“Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.” Proverbs 13:10
Rarely a day goes by when someone doesn’t tell me that they like the changes they’re seeing in the Florida Baptist Witness. I am encouraged by these goodwill gestures, even though on this side of the wall it feels as if we have quite a bit of work to do before we unveil the new Florida Baptist Witness print edition and website: goFBW.com
Aug 29, 2014
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
I got a reassuring phone call from Alex on Sunday afternoon. He was ready to start classes the next day, and he remains excited about the church plant of which he is a part.
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 29, 2014
BALTIMORE (FBW)—Some of the people who are helping equip Southern Baptist churches to respond to mental-health issues talked about their challenges during a breakout group as part of the SBC annual meeting.
Their conversation focused on these main themes: What is mental illness, and why do some people struggle with it? Is the Gospel all people need in these situations? What is the role of the church? Why does the stigma remain?
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?