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News for the week of Friday, August 16, 2013

Guest Columnist
Are You an Encourager or a Discourager?
As a pastor I come across so many discouraged people on a day-to-day basis. Some have had their courage removed through circumstances beyond their own control such as illness or a job layoff. Others have little courage left because of a difficult marriage, a rebellious child, or an unexplainable death. Still others watch as our nation distances itself from God and our moral foundations and their spirit is discouraged about the future. Discouragement comes in all shapes, sizes, and forms. [Read More]

From Both Sides of the Pulpit
Preaching in an 8-Second Goldfish World
We’re living in an increasingly distracted world. From AD 2000 to 2012, human attention spans went from 12 seconds to 8 seconds — less than that of a goldfish. What you’ve just read is common knowledge among those who study human attention spans in our lightning-fast digital lifestyles. So I haven’t told many of you anything new. [Read More]

Telling the Story of Tennessee Baptists
As I enter my 26th year as a staff member of the paper and 16th as editor, I am more convinced than ever that Tennessee Baptists need a publication to keep them informed. [Read More]


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