A Heart for the World

A Heart for the World

Growing up in the tightknit Boynton community near the Georgia-Tennessee border, it seemed that everyone gathered at the local baseball field on the Fourth of July. All day, there was one baseball or softball game after another. Some were serious competitions — at...

How to Plan Patriotic Sundays for Your Church

For worship planners committed to historic Baptist principles, the Independence Day weekend, like any patriotic weekend, is one of those times when we may feel pulled between participating in the surrounding civic celebrations and staying true to the principles of our...

On Independence Day, What Are You Thankful For?

Every day of my life, I give thanks for being an American. I had nothing to do with where I was born, but I am grateful for this accident of birth. I mean no disrespect to any other country. I was born into a working-class family in upstate South Carolina. My parents...

Celebrate Independence Day – for Christians

How do we celebrate Independence Day as Christians? As Americans, it’s hard not to go to July 4th. But as Christians, isn’t our real independence day Easter? Isn’t that the day we find freedom from sin, guilt and failure? Here’s the dilemma for...